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Today's Opinions

  • You can't run a race alone

    ISSUE: Candidates for local elected office
    OUR VIEW: Lack of interest is disappointing

    The passing of the Aug. 14 filing deadline for candidates seeking election to local political office should leave voters with a sense of disappointment.

  • Aug. 22, 2012: Our readers write

    A good problem?

    “Schools like to have a full house,” Mark Thomas said in an Aug. 15 article in The News Enterprise (HCS enrollment up, teachers needed).

    “Large classes create some problems, but they are good problems to have,” he said. 

    These comments were made after an unexpected growth spurt in Hardin County Schools.

    The increase in students forced classes to begin with an absurd student/teacher ratio, over-crowded classrooms, shifting and moving students, and combining classrooms.

  • Airport board coming with major request

    ISSUE: Commuter air service guarantee
    OUR VIEW: Local government should not pay

    Based on four reported visits by airline carriers, the bold predictions from February 2010 offered a promise of commuter air service flying out of Elizabethtown just around the bend.

    In October, the statement made before a joint meeting of Elizabethtown City Council and the airport board was even more certain. The airport’s consultant said a deal would be done by the end of 2011, if not sooner.

  • Goodbye, Mrs. Booker

    ISSUE: Passing of Kathleen Booker
    OUR VIEW: Her contributions will be missed

    For more than four decades, she chronicled the comings and goings of her neighbors and friends. She described unique community happenings and ordinary, everyday circumstances.

  • Thanks for staging fun for community

    ISSUE: Kudos to fun festivals
    OUR VIEW: Cherish the times

    As the dry, hot summer gives way to a reasonable if not mild August, weekends are dominated by community events.

    Three recent celebrations illustrated some of our community’s best attributes and their organizers deserve accolades.

  • This campaign should be about informing voters

    Voters want a forthright, give-it-to-me-straight campaign that doesn’t sugarcoat hard truths but that also generates new thinking about how to solve our problems.

    Presidential candidates and their aides know a lot these days about how to run a campaign. They just seem to have forgotten what campaigns are for.

  • Aug. 19, 2012: Our readers write

    Progressives must go

    If you want to believe in something, then believe in it. Just because something isn’t true, that’s no reason you can’t believe in it. Just don’t expect me to believe in it, too. What you should not believe in is things that have been proven not to work. Things like Marxism, collectivism, socialism, communism, Leninism, Maoism or liberalism. These all are birds of a feather and all are by definition progressive forms of government. A form of government that history teaches has never worked.

  • Keep response in perspective

    When an unidentified patient shot and killed himself Aug. 7 at Hardin Memorial Hospital, staff members reacted admirably, a hospital official said.

    Just as they might have trained for a tornado or earthquake, staff members have been trained on protocol for a shooting for about a year.

    When shots were fired in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on the second floor, the staff went into emergency mode.