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Today's Opinions

  • First priority: Fix the debt

    Burying your head in the sand. Ignoring the elephant in the room. Lying to the Emperor about his lack of new clothes. Pick your metaphor, but there is one issue to which we as Americans must reconcile ourselves: Our country’s debt path threatens us with an economic crisis if we do not take action.

    At present, our national debt exceeds $16 trillion, a figure that is larger than the size of our entire economy.

  • $1.08 million to serve dropout prevention

    TOPIC: Dropout prevention grant
    OUR VIEW: Will rewards equal investment?

    In its unending quest to keep children in school, Hardin County Schools now has a big check to help fight its cause.

    Keeping students in the classroom and keeping them from becoming a by-the-wayside statistic is indeed a noble cause. No question about it.

  • Trying to bring checks and balances to executive decree

    We are five weeks from what many believe will be the most important election in generations.

    Few would argue that what is “normal” — in our economy, in our international standing, in our collective expectation regarding the proper role of government — may have shifted. While most of the attention has been on the gridlock and mismanagement in Washington, we have a number of challenges that must be turned into opportunities right here in Kentucky.

  • Oct. 3, 2012: Our readers write

    Drunken driving is never acceptable

    I have had something I’ve wanted to get off my chest since I saw an article in the newspaper this past week. Since they voted to go wet it looks like DUIs are up by 25 percent according to the article. I don’t know how you voted and that’s your business and your freedom to do so but I can tell you I did not want to see this happen. I live with the possibility that one day my mobility may be limited as the result of a drunken driver who hit me head on.

  • Exploring one unanswerable question

    In the solemn silence of introspective moments, there's one question we most often ask ourselves.

    Who am I?

    The answers are obviously quite individual.

    Sometimes it's defined by a stage of life: Son, husband, father, grandpa all have applied to me. Other times, we respond by simply considering our occupation or our education as if that alone defines anyone.

    In a more probing personal analysis, the answer can be complex. My 7-year-old grandson recently described himself as an inquirer and risk taker.

  • Special honors at local schools

    ISSUE: Kudos for local schools
    OUR VIEW: Always something to praise

     

  • When you return, it's nice to be welcomed

    “Welcome back, Mr. Whitlock,” the hotel host greeted me as I returned with my wife from an evening out.

    I looked down to see if I had a name tag on my shirt. Almost feeling like a celebrity, I whispered to Lori as we got on the elevator, “How did he know my name?”

    It’s nice to be welcomed back.

    And when someone knows who we are and can call us by name, like the host at the hotel did to me, it makes us feel even more special.

  • Oct. 1, 2012: Our readers write

    Go Green

    As you probably have noticed, the presidential candidates rarely visit Kentucky. The Republican candidate showed up in Louisville to pick up a few bags of money at a private fundraiser and the Democratic candidate scampered across the Ohio River from Cincinnati for a photo with the governor and quickly returned to Ohio.