Today's Opinions

  • Life as learned through a game, a movie and a VW

    My baseball experience is spotty and without glory. Baseball doesn’t go well with poor eyesight and limited coordination. But you can learn to love it just the same.

    Many summer nights as a boy, I sat next to the wood-grain stereo listening to Cincinnati Reds’ games. The radio signal was stronger if you were near it. Sometimes, my father would drag my sleeping carcass from the floor to the bed when I dozed off during the seventh-inning stretch dreaming of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose or Lee May.

  • Youth need work skills

    ISSUE: Student work ethic certification
    OUR VIEW: HCS program fills a void


    One of the most common workforce complaints in businesses of all sizes is deficient work ethic.

    In recent years, millennials especially have caught a lot of grief, being accused of lacking job commitment and having weak work habits.

  • April 12, 2013: Lessons yet to be learned

    ISSUE: Ethics in government
    All have much to learn

    Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer recently was charged with 42 violations of Kentucky’s Code of Ethics. The charges were filed by the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. All together, if the commission determines the violations took place, it can fine Farmer as much as $210,000 and can reprimand him publicly.

  • Feds should act on hemp

    ISSUE: Industrial hemp
    Diversified commercial possibilities


    Following a difficult and bumpy road through the legislative process, Gov. Steve Beshear allowed Senate Bill 50 to become law without his signature. With his less-than-enthusiastic concession, commercial cultivation and the potential for a processing industry for industrial hemp stands a step closer to reality in Kentucky.

  • April 11, 2013: Our readers write

    Guns and knives

  • Safety begins with being alert

    ISSUE: Distracted driving
    Stay focused on the road

    April is National Distracted Driving Month. Evidently, having a whole month to become aware of something that should be at the top of our minds every day is needed. 

    All too many lives are lost every year due to “lack of attention” and it needs to stop. As a society, we should have zero tolerance for motorists who can’t seem to resist multi-tasking while driving.

  • Don't sell short the blessings of life

    I couldn’t shake the somberness that clung to me like lint on a suit of clothes. The grief I felt in the eyes of the family followed me out the door of the funeral home and into my car. A wintry mix of snow and rain added to the dreariness of the moment and the rhythmic swish and swash of my windshield wipers sounded like a death knell, projecting with every beat of its dirge the photographs I had just seen of the deceased in happy times, nagging me with one question: Why?

  • Just look, good news is all around us

    ISSUE: Local celebrations
    A lot of reasons to be happy here

    People who have basements or rooms filled with outdated or unused televisions or electronics now have a place to dispose of them for free, thanks to Hardin County government and sponsors of the annual electronic scrap recycling day.

    The county’s fourth annual event is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the AGC Automotive Americas plant at Leitchfield and Ring roads.