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Today's Opinions

  • Europe’s economic tremors offer useful lesson

    By JIM WATERS

    Americans paying even cursory attention to what’s happening on the other side of the Atlantic are about to get a stark reminder of an economic principle that too often gets pushed to the side – especially during troubling times: No government has ever taxed, spent or borrowed its way to prosperity.

  • Hooray for those who honor heroes

    TOPIC: Hooray for Heroes and more
    OUR VIEW: We have plenty to celebrate

    Those who serve and have served in our armed forces never can be thanked enough. Same for those folks who spend their lives as emergency first responders protecting us.

    But we try and say thank you often, like recently at the seventh annual Hooray for Heroes event in Radcliff at Stithton Baptist Church.

    From activities and food to words of praise, the festival is in place to honor the armed forces and emergency responders.

  • May 25, 2012: Our readers write

    Remember the ultimate sacrifice

    Memorial Day is a time for pause and reflection as we remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of liberty and proved the privileges of freedom and security are never free.

    Let us never forget those who sacrificed the early years of their adulthood and all who made the supreme sacrifice and have gone on to their final retreat.

  • Let's apply urgency and effort in support of our pride

    This year’s Memorial Day commemoration comes during a period of questioning — about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the affordability of our government services and which of those services were made in the nation’s best interest.

    I submit that we, as a nation, have no more binding and sacred commitment than to those who wear our uniform and fight in our wars. Their selfless sacrifice on the field of battle has been a distinct hallmark, and saving grace, of this nation since before the Revolutionary War.

  • What's the cost versus value of a child

    By Sylvia Griendling
    Executive Director, CASA of the Heartland

    Take a moment and bring to mind an image of a smiling, happy son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild you love, treasure and support emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. As you read this column, consider the cost versus the value of your special child.

  • Time to consider election reform

    ISSUE: Low voter turnout
    OUR VIEW: Alternatives must be studied

    What if we held an election and no one showed up? It almost happened Tuesday.

    With presidential primary decisions settled weeks ago and only one local contested race impacting less than half of Hardin County’s precincts, most voters stayed away Tuesday.

  • Tourism secretary asks residents to travel Kentucky

    By Marcheta Sparrow

    Kentucky’s tourism industry is gearing up for summer travel season. As someone who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years, I believe we have many good reasons to be optimistic about 2012.

    Recently, during National Travel and Tourism Week, our cabinet announced the tourism industry had an economic impact of almost $11.7 billion in Kentucky during 2011 – an increase from the previous year. Tourism also supported about 170,000 jobs in the state and generated more than $2.6 billion in wages.

  • Elizabethtown nixes late-night fireworks

    ISSUE: Fireworks in Elizabethtown
    OUR VIEW: New policy supports practicality, politeness

     Chances are you’ve been there. In your home, settled in after a long day, enjoying the quiet or getting some sleep. And then, a screech, a boom and a fizzle.

    Fireworks.

    Maybe it’s a short-lived annoyance, maybe it goes on for a while, maybe you have a skittish dog or a light-sleeping baby and your night is ruined. In any event, such racket in the middle of the night is rude and unwarranted.