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Today's Opinions

  • A unique politician provided life lessons in humility

    When evaluating elected officials, people use any number of methods.

    Some voters make a detailed examination of their voting record or stated positions. I’ve known others who are more interested in the candidate’s general knowledge about issues and agile mind. Many take into consideration the individual’s personality, charm or wit. Still others stop at their party affiliation and vote a straight ticket.

    I’ve always applied a unique measure learned at the knee of dear old dad.

  • In recognition of excellence

    TOPIC: Excelling with mind and body
    OUR VIEW: Good work

    Students came from schools around the county with one mission: To correctly spell words.

    None of the 19 students did it any better recently than West Hardin Middle School seventh-grade student Dillon Brock, who managed to win the event by accurately spelling the word, Gestapo.

  • Feb. 16, 2012: Our readers write

    Punishment enough
    After reading “Judge grants dismissal of charges against ex teacher” in the Feb. 6 issue, I have to agree with the decision to dismiss the charges against Steven Gray. Even with the charges being dropped, Gray probably will not be hired to teach and that in itself is punishment.

  • State retirement plan demonstrates little planning

    ISSUE: Kentucky's public pension system
    OUR VIEW: Without change, disaster is ahead

    One of the true perks associated with working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky is the retirement plan. It's also becoming one of the great threats regarding living in this state.

    It's alarming to see the state falling behind in its commitments to its workers and retirees as well as its unwillingness to address the issue.

  • Feb. 15, 2012: Our readers write

    On the local veterans tribute

    I am sure we all are aware that the purpose of the Hardin County Veterans Tribute is to honor the service and sacrifice of those who have so nobly defended our nation and the freedoms we enjoy.

    But let me shed some light on the other side of the story. The plan for this tribute began in 2008. It was the brain child of Gary Broadway, who had seen a similar tribute to veterans while traveling.

  • Empty Bowls fills coffers

    ISSUE: Warm Blessings fundraiser
    OUR VIEW: Unique effort worth being annual

    Creativity and compassion combined recently at Warm Blessings’ Empty Bowls event.

    For a gift of $15, participants received a ceramic bowl, handmade by the organization’s volunteers, and a meal. It was a reminder that some people have empty bowls. Further, bowls made by community leaders were auctioned to raise more money.

    About 160 diners attended and the project has raised more than $12,000 with more donations expected.

  • Sexual abuse workshop opens path to healing

    The numbers are staggering: 1 of 6 women and 1 of 33 men in the U.S. have experienced an “attempted or completed rape” in their lifetime. About 1 in every 3 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. On U.S. campuses, 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted during their college experience. Almost 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

  • Feb. 14, 2012: Our readers write

    Men must stop telling women how to live
    I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show on NPR and they were discussing the mandate that health insurance provide birth control for women who are employed by church-run organizations. I know the Catholic church always has been against birth control. I was brought up Catholic so I am familiar with their teachings.
    The question I have for church leaders is: Do they provide health insurance in these same organizations that provide the medical procedure of a vasectomy for men? Is that not a form of birth control?