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Today's Opinions

  • Oct. 18, 2012: Our reader's write

    Looming fiscal cliff

    Can you see the fiscal cliff coming on Jan. 1, 2013? You will if President Barack Obama wins re-election as he will not allow our current tax rates to continue unless the top tax brackets are raised to 39.6 percent.

    Both he and Vice President Joe Biden claim this is out of concern for “fairness” as they want the “millionaires and billionaires,” those who create wealth and jobs, to pay “their fair share.”

  • Domestic violence infects community

    ISSUE: Domestic Violence Month
    OUR VIEW: Be aware and responsive 

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and unfortunately the problem doesn’t seem to be going away.

  • St. James School enjoys smooth move

    TOPIC: New St. James School
    OUR VIEW: Kids, community deserves it

    Years from now when the current eighth-grade students at St. James Regional Catholic School return for a reunion or to a science fair or to drop their children off at the school, this is one thought that they could hold onto: I was part of the first graduating class from this building.

  • Oct. 17, 2012: Our readers write

    Spina Bifida Awareness Month

    October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month. Spina bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect, affecting 166,000 Americans. Kentucky has one of the highest rates in the country.

    Spina bifida is a birth defect that results in the spinal cord protruding from a baby’s back. The back can be surgically closed before or after birth, but damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain), bowel and bladder issues, and other challenges.

  • Remembering Pat Owsley

    By: MATT ADAMS

    In roughly two years of working for the Hardin County Extension Service, I have written about many things in this column. From drought, to insects, to disease, to flood, one would think I have just about covered it all by now.

    But there is one of the most important aspects of Hardin County agriculture I have not written about, and that is people. The farmers, agribusiness men and women, teachers and community leaders involved in agriculture make this industry what it is in our county.

  • Oct. 16, 2012: Our readers write

    Another bountiful harvest

    Twenty-five years ago this month, after the accidental death of my father-in-law, David Owsley, I wrote a letter to the editor of this same newspaper thanking people of our farming community for coming together and harvesting our crop.  I titled it “Harvest of Friends.”

  • Our rooms are a storehouse of memories

    “I went back upstairs one more time and said ‘goodbye’ to my room. I’m ready to go now.”

    Dave’s words were my signal: Cutting my eyes toward him as he walked to his car, I turned on the headlights in the early morning dawn, put the

    U-Haul in gear and we all – Dave, Lori, Madi and I – headed south, caravan style.

  • Farm family, young golfer, local library stand out

    ISSUE: Going the extra mile
    OUR VIEW: It’s happening here

    Ten years after they started farming in Hodgenville, Ryan and Misty Bivens and their children have been named finalists for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2012 Outstanding Young Farm Family award.

    On more than 5,700 acres they raise cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and grass hay. Husband and wife both have served on the LaRue County Farm Bureau board, volunteer and compete in state and national Farm Bureau contests.