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Today's Opinions

  • Considering marriage, religion matters

    It’s wedding season. May through August are the most popular months for marriage ceremonies.

    While planning a wedding, depending on the elaborateness of the ceremony and number of guests attending, can involve months of preparation, thriving in a marriage is a lifelong project, filled with challenges. Somebody said in marriage there are three rings:  engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.

  • Senior Life: Retirement: The golden years?

    Sometimes I like to dream about my retirement. Even though I am several years away, I like to think about it from time to time. Of course, with any luck, I will be able to work for many years to come, but I do allow myself to think to think about the luxury of time. I dream about the places I will visit and the things I will do once I retire.

    For anyone approaching retirement, the excitement could be a hard thing to contain. The reality of retirement may quickly overtake dreams and plans.

  • Oh, the irony of it all

    ISSUE: Supreme Court ruling on ‘Obamacare’
    OUR VIEW:
    Decision had something for everyone

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was, in a word, ironic. Moreover, it provides the Obama administration, his Oval Office challenger Mitt Romney, and congressional politicians on both sides of the aisle what they wanted — at least for now.

    First, the irony of the court’s ruling.

  • Good deeds

     Cooling off in a warm-hearted way. Last week, several local officials took to the Colvin Community Center Pool in Radcliff to raise money for the Radcliff Elementary Memorial Playground, being built in honor of Isaiah Alonso, a 6-year-old student who died of cancer two years ago.

    The event was a festive one, as music played and grown men and women dove fully clothed — some in suits, one in fire department gear — into the pool.

  • A vital health issue in decline

     

    First, the positives.

    The health of Hardin County children is improving overall. That statement is based on 2012 data compiled by Kentucky Youth Advocates in its latest Kids Count report.

    The specifics about Hardin County show several areas of significant improvement:

  • 'We hold these truths to be self-evident'
    • Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. — Henry Steele Commager
    • This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. — Lyndon B. Johnson
    • We sleep peacefully at night, cradled by the big, strong hands of America. — Val Saintsbury
  • Begin a holiday tradition by visiting new memorial site

    Memorials are essential to the preservation of a shared memory.

    No American adult alive on Sept. 11, 2001, is likely to forget the world-shattering events of that day. More than a decade removed from the terrorist attacks that griped the country, it’s sometimes difficult to tap the same range of emotions: uncertainty, fear and outrage were chief among our reactions.

    Using civilian aircraft in that heinous manner shattered our sense of security but it also unified the national resolve and refocused millions on the priorities of faith and family.

  • Leaving the post-vacation depression zone

    Like me, you’ve been on this road before, no doubt.

    It’s the road home after you’ve been on a vacation, weekend getaway or retreat. And as that idyllic place - the lake, beach, cabin in the woods or special hotel - begins slowly to recede in your rearview mirror, you want to screech your breaks to a halt, turn around and somehow grab your vacation spot and take it with you.