Today's Opinions

  • Earliest news memories are black and white

    In the blur of memories that define childhood, a few images jump forward with vivid detail.

    A neighbor removing the storm door after I locked my baby sister alone inside; Uncle Earl carrying my bed from our old house next door to the new house; and TV news coverage following the Kennedy assassination.

    I was 5, almost 6. In that time before kindergarten, still a preschooler with his days largely dictated by games, pets and imaginary friends living in a tree stump.

  • Power of a penny

    ISSUE: Chamber supports local-option sales tax
    OUR VIEW: Study and research this revenue option

    Adding another penny to sales taxes could generate more than $6.15 million annually just in Hardin County.

    That number, which is based on 2011 collections estimates from the Kentucky Department of Revenue, actually could be higher. Many major retailers, such as Wal-Mart, write the state one cumulative check for sales tax at all its locations and do not break out the data by county.

  • Giving thanks for holiday diligence

    The website TodayIFoundOut .com contains hidden facts about Thanksgiving that should make us appreciative for blessings beyond our table’s bountiful spread.

    Take, for example, the pioneering Sarah Josepha Buell Hale. Chances are you’d be pulling an 8-to-5 and there would be nothing at all special about November’s fourth Thursday if it had not been for Hale, who lobbied five different presidents for 20 years to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.

  • Nov. 21, 2013: Our readers write

    Protect your pets against winter chill

    Winter, with its bitter wind, rain and snow, is rapidly approaching. Now is the time to check our dog houses, patching and repairing all cracks and leaks. It also is time for new, clean bedding and straw is best. This bedding will need to be replaced often; putting a board along the bottom of the door opening will help keep the bedding inside the house. Also, turning the door away from the wind helps protect your dog from the cold.

  • Another strong statistical ranking

    THE ISSUE: No. 1 on military 'boom town’ list
    Thanks for the recognition

  • College lasts more than 4 years

    ISSUE: The four-year college degree


    OUR VIEW: Longer stay is not a sign of failure


    A report released last week provided the most in-depth look to date at how Kentucky’s high school graduates perform during their first year of college.

    The 2013 High School Feedback Report, a newly designed analysis based on actual college enrollments rather than student surveys, tracked the high school Class of 2011 through its first year of postsecondary education.

  • Education awards and good work

    TOPIC: Good work in our schools
    OUR VIEW: Teachers, students making it work

  • Avoid the holiday financial hangover

    The BBB is urging consumers to create a holiday budget this season. Mapping out your spending in November will help ease the strain of a financial holiday hangover in January.

    Creating a budget, and being disciplined enough to follow it, is one of the best ways to avoid overspending during the holidays.

    Here are the steps to creating a holiday budget:

    Step 1: Consider your income.