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Today's Opinions

  • Opening the blinds on pension secrecy

    Kentucky’s pension debt, which stands at nearly $34 billion today, is expected to reach $40 billion by 2015.

    How different would our situation be today if former Gov. Wendell Ford had not decided in 1972 that taxpayers don’t have a right to know who receives their hard-earned dollars in the form of pensions, or even how many pensions some state retirees get?

  • July 26, 2012: Our readers write

    The end justifies the means?

    I read Sunday’s editorial concerning the Elizabethtown Sports Park, with the full view of the Sports Park from my back yard. I felt chastised like a child because I was one of the few with “hard feelings” about this enormous creation adjacent to my neighborhood.

  • Regulated revival

    ISSUE: Elizabethtown Historic Preservation Commission
    OUR VIEW: Move forward, but carefully

    For years, Elizabethtown officials and residents have been working to revive the city’s downtown. A long list of initiatives have included events to drive foot traffic to downtown shops and removing parking meters to increase convenience.

    While acknowledging streetscaping and beautification projects, much of it comes down to appearances.

  • July 25, 2012: Our readers write

    New sports park is a ‘financial folly’

  • State's alcohol laws need to be studied

    ISSUE: Revision of beverage rules
    OUR VIEW: Confusion here proves task force is needed

    A state task force is being created to simplify Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage laws, which were described in a governor’s announcement as outdated and contradictory.

    If Hardin Countians’ recent experience is any indication, this mission is much needed. The rules are about as clear as Kentucky’s prized barrel-aged bourbon.

  • Counting on crop insurance

    The drought of 2012 couldn’t have come at a worse time. Sure, no one wants to experience a drought, but this drought hit with near record-low carryover stocks for grains, already the smallest cattle supply since the 1950s, and an extremely high number of corn acres planted across the country. So what will save the grain sector of the agriculture industry from complete failure this year? Crop insurance.

  • July 24, 2012: Our readers write

    Something for the rest of us

  • It still is about people

    ISSUE: Coming together
    OUR VIEW: Helping defines communities