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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Oct. 15, 2012: Our readers write

    Political machinations

    Here we are less than one month from election day and the latest report from the Bureau of Labor shows a small increase of 114,000 jobs and a sharp drop of the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent. Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, immediately stated that the numbers had to be “cooked.” There also have been questions as to why the Bureau of Labor had changed the way they counted part time workers and how they revised July and August figures upward for government employees.

  • One in a million

    When speakers at the monthly Elizabethtown-Hardin County Chamber of Commerce droned too long, Edith Dupin threatened them with her cane hook, a not-too-subtle hint to stay within their time limit.

    She will be remembered for the hook, and for a bullwhip that adorned a wall in her office which led to her nickname, “The Whip.” It didn’t hurt that her office décor also featured the skin of a bear she shot. She was famous for refusing to accept “no.”

  • Oct. 14, 2012: Our readers write

    Personal principles

    Is there a local GOP “letter writing machine” in Hardin County? Republicans don’t sit around waiting for someone to give them something to write about in support of our party agenda. Such synchronized efforts are phoney. Letters which I write to The News-Enterprise express my own views on subjects which I choose in a format which allows me to touch others in this community whether anyone agrees with me or not.