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Today's Opinions

  • Calendar of photos emphasizes daily value of the unit

    The New Year already has flown, leaving its newborn status lying flat in the nest.

    And I’m left with all these extra calendars — two from local businesses, two from churches which somehow think I will be interested in adding their agenda to my schedule and another complimentary calendar from a company wanting me to buy calendars to give people next year, assuming, I suppose, that I somehow believe others will be interested in my agenda next year.

    But I like the pictures on these calendars, anyway.

  • Jan. 9, 2012: Our readers write

    Discriminatory policy?
    With the recent start of alcohol sales in Hardin County, I have seen some very disturbing signs of racism at the places where it will be sold.
    In every store offering beer or other alcoholic beverages, you can see signs which clearly state, “No alcohol sold without a photo ID.” This is clearly an effort by the Democrat-controlled Commonwealth of Kentucky to suppress alcohol sales to minorities, the elderly, students and other groups.

  • When alone time becomes uncomfortable

    The house never seems more empty than after the holidays.

    All the Christmas clutter is gone and decorations stowed again on basement shelves. But that doesn't account for the emotional emptiness.

    The kids and grandkids also are gone. Somehow, an after-holiday home seems a lot less homey.

    As a person who always has cherished "alone time," it's surprising to realize how quickly solitude can swell into sorrow. Why does being alone sound so inviting when a shade too much of it is so very lonely?

  • Proactive approach needed in alcohol policy

    ISSUE: Alcohol banned from public property
    OUR VIEW: Elizabethtown ordinance warrants review

    It’s been two years since the Elizabethtown City Council tabled its conversation about relaxing alcohol restrictions at Pritchard Community Center, leaving in place a full ban of alcohol on city-owned property.

  • Do a friend a favor while stamping out cervical cancer

    If a vaccine existed to prevent breast cancer, women would be going in droves to their doctors’ offices to get it and they would encourage everyone they know to get vaccinated as well. That’s what women do for each other.

    Today, there is only one anti-cancer vaccine available to humans. This vaccine prevents more than 90 percent of a kind of cancer that has killed hundreds of Kentucky women in the last decade. A kind of cancer that kills 10 women each day in the United States. A kind of cancer that is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.

  • Jan. 6, 2012: Our readers write

    Sour mash — er, grapes
    Just because someone attends city council meeting frequently does not make one an expert on the challenging issues in Radcliff. Of course we all have our opinions, but my opinion is the voters have spoken in the most recent vote that alcohol sales be expanded here in Radcliff and in Hardin County.

  • State status for UPike proposed at bad time

    ISSUE: Proposal to add UPike to state system
    OUR VIEW: Don't add to funding burden now

    It’s easy to understand interest in improving educational opportunities in the eastern Kentucky coal fields. Nothing impacts the potential for success in life quite like education. It’s value is immeasurable.

  • When children need help, don't be a bystander

    Over the past few months, a great deal of media attention has been focused on Kentucky’s troubled child welfare system and, more specifically and disturbing, on child deaths at the hands of trusted caregivers and family members.

    As Kentucky lawmakers wrestle with the issue of how to craft laws to prevent child abuse and death, the rest of us shake our heads in collective disbelief and shame. We as a society allow our most vulnerable and precious citizens to suffer such outrageous and horrifying maltreatment despite our individual better judgment and good intentions.