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Today's Opinions

  • Reflections on a pond

    The pond at White Mills Christian Camp is remarkable. It defies the very laws of nature as it rests above the flood plain that surrounds it on three sides.

    Occasionally, the Nolin River will charge out of its banks and threaten to absorb the pond. However, the pond is too lofty to attain. The river retreats slowly back to its own space as the pond calls out, “Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!”

  • Sept. 27, 2012: Our readers write

    Benefits are earned

    There have been many references to “entitlements” in a variety of media sources over the past week. The various discussions brought to mind information I read years ago in my National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) magazine.

    The article explained that the word “entitlements” is another way of describing, for  active and retired federal employees, earned benefits. They are specified in law and we have legal rights to them. We earned them by devoting many years to our federal careers.

  • Health foundation listened to parents

    Winston Churchill famously said that “courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage also is what it takes to sit down and listen.” At the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, we believe that it will take courage from concerned citizens, local leaders and elected officials to achieve our mission of addressing the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians. And we believe that before we can “stand up and speak,” we first need to listen to the views of the people around us.

  • Brushy Fork needs commitment of candidates

    ISSUE: Brushy Fork Debate
    OUR VIEW: Too many candidates skipped it 

    The Brushy Fork debates, part of Vine Grove’s Autumn Daze Festival, is designed to give area voters a chance to hear from local, state and sometimes national candidates for public office. It’s also a chance for these candidates to gain access to some of the local and area voters from whom they seek a vote and endeavor to serve.

  • Keeping U.S. flags in pristine condition

    All patriotic Americans love the sight of the American flag waving in a gentle breeze atop a flag pole. The Second Continental Congress stipulated the nation’s flag would consist of “thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation,” according to the official U.S. flag website. 

    The stars are symbolic of the stars in heaven. There is one for each state in the union, each added to the flag on the first Fourth of July following that state’s admission to the union.

  • Just who was Uncle Sam?

    Everybody’s heard of Uncle Sam, right? But who was he? And why is our government today called “Uncle Sam?”  Why do members of the Armed Forces tell you that they “belong to Uncle Sam?” And why should honors due to Uncle Sam be especially noteworthy during 2012?

    During October l8l2, in Troy, N.Y., workers packed pork and beef into large white oak barrels. Their boss, Samuel Wilson, had contracted with Elbert Anderson of the government to supply the military with 3,000 barrels of prime beef and 2,000 of pork.

  • Sept. 26, 2012: Our readers write

    Access should be available for disabled

  • A missing piece of local season

    TOPIC: E'town-Central football game
    OUR VIEW: Series should continue

    Recent news that the football series between Elizabethtown High School and Central Hardin High School has been put on hold is disappointing on many fronts.

    For student-athletes and fans of both schools, there is a built-in rivalry that has existed since CHHS opened in 1990.