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Today's Opinions

  • Graduations remind us to focus on the future

    My family recently celebrated a milestone shared by families throughout Hardin County and across Kentucky — my son graduated from high school. We enjoyed a formal dinner and dance, the graduation ceremony and a blow-out of a party with family and friends.

    As I told those gathered to rejoice on Caleb’s behalf, our celebration was not merely backward-looking as we reflect on 12 years of education and investment. It also was forward-looking as we count the blessings of opportunity that await him in the months and years to come.

  • June 7, 2012: Our readers write

    Just say no

    We’ve come a long way from wanting to have a glass of wine with your dinner or a beer with your pizza. Alcohol is in practically every store and now you want bars and all of Hardin County wet.

    This is a really nice community and we got along fine before all of these changes. Do you really want the fights and killings bars bring? What about the lives alcohol destroys? And not just the lives of people who drink but also their families and the people they meet when they get behind the wheel of an automobile.

  • Lunch at school still a good deal

    ISSUE: School lunch prices
    OUR VIEW: Still the best value meal around

    Most students will pay more for a school lunch when classes resume in August as districts move to meet new federal pricing requirements.

    In Hardin County Schools, the price is up a dime to $2.20 for most lunches and it will cost $2.45 for some meals served at the high schools.

  • SpringHaven awaits funding for expansion

    TOPIC: SpringHaven expansion
    OUR VIEW: A safe haven from cycle of abuse

     SpringHaven Inc. is making plans for an expansion by adding bedrooms, bathrooms and an overall facility upgrade.

    The cost will be steep — about $500,000.

    The domestic violence shelter is expected to add eight more bedrooms, four new bathrooms and a more user-friendly dining hall as part of 4,600 square feet of new space.

  • June 6, 2012: Our readers write

    Rebutting talking points

  • Founders' Day short days away

    ISSUE: New July 4 event approaches
    OUR VIEW: Expect nothing but success

    Every year, the Fourth of July is celebrated with flags and fireworks, songs and celebrations, pride and patriotism.

    This year Elizabethtown plans an official, city-sponsored event to mark the nation’s independence and the community’s establishment.

  • June 5, 2012: Our readers write

    Where’s the outrage?

    In late January of this year, President Barack Obama released an Internet video, “African Americans for Obama,” in which he appealed to black voters to vote for him and referred them to the website, “African Americans for Obama.”

  • What I heard while tending the vegetable garden

    By now you’ve heard the news: We’re growing, at least physically. The average American male is 17 pounds heavier and the average female 19 pounds heavier than in the late 1970s. And the percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the U.S. has nearly tripled in that same period of time.

    One of the most overlooked and effective ways to fight our growing weight problem is to grow a vegetable garden.