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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Covers under the stars

    ISSUE: Summer concert series
    OUR VIEW:
    The Almost Tour

    The summer concert series at Freeman Lake is back on, but is moving to fall, which may prove a better option than in the heat of the summer. The potential for an enjoyable evening at Freeman Lake won’t be related to just the weather, but to the music.

  • May 22, 2012: Our readers write

    Foster parents are heroes, too

    Americans always have loved heroes. Sometimes we get carried away and assign the title to fictional comic book characters, superstar athletes or celebrities. True heroes are those who lay their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.

    Those serving in our military take an oath to pledge their very lives to protect ours. American citizens should take advantage of every opportunity to thank these men and women whose service secures our liberty.

  • Senior Life: The struggles of long-distance caregivers

    Imagine these three scenarios.

    The telephone call comes at three in the morning. Your mother, who lives in another state, has fallen, broken her hip, and is in the hospital. She is calling for you to come right away.

    During your once-a-week telephone conversation with your father, you notice a slur in his voice. You’re not expected to visit with him again until the holidays, but something about the conversation makes you change your mind.

  • A few modest predictions about city-county relations

    In the newspaper business, the journalist’s job is to chronicle events and actions of interest. Today, however, I’ll take a stab at predicting the future.

    But first, let’s revisit a statement from last week.

    Some Elizabethtown officials and downtown restoration advocates took issue with county government’s possible new government office complex.

  • May 20, 2012: Our readers write

    Real politics vs. campus politics

    I want to commend Sherry Kelley on her recent letter in support of Jimmie Lee’s reelection. As a voting member of  the District, I too wish to add my support for Jimmie Lee. A man who already has proven himself to have and has practiced all the attributes and more portrayed by the letter writers from Madisonville, Danville, Bowling Green, New York city and Chicago. It is amazing how the letters from all those diverse places seem to read alike.

  • Praiseworthy acts

    TOPIC: Excellence, social media and building
    OUR VIEW: Applause all around

    Setting youngsters on the right learning path early often can lead to long-term academic success.

    That’s good news for students and parents in Hardin County Schools with the recent announcement that two more preschools in the district — Erin McPherson’s class at Lincoln Trail Elementary and Zola Walker’s class at G.C. Burkhead — have been recognized Classrooms of Excellence by the Kentucky Department of Education.