Today's Opinions

  • Nov. 13, 2013: Our readers write

    It is interesting that The News-Enterprise has certain guidelines for publishing letters written to the editor.

    There have been letters, articles and phrases made by many — especially people like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and others — condemning Tea Party Patriots. We have been called Nazis, anarchists, racists and various other derogatory names unfit to print.

  • Project United's extreme impact

    TOPIC: United Way's building makeover
    Work of many benefits many

    It really doesn’t matter that nobody is outside of the building and screaming, “Move that bus.”

    The United Way of Central Kentucky’s Project United makeover is just as significant, and likely more, than what was accomplished for a number of years on the television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

  • Riding to the Capitol with a bus full of nuns

    I first planted a garden because of something an Italian monk wrote some 1,500 years ago.

    His name is Benedict — St. Benedict of Nursia. And the document he penned became known as his rule or guide for monastic life.

    As author Jon Sweeney has noted, the Rule of St. Benedict became not only the basic guide for generations of monks in various religious orders, but it established a “way of life rooted in the Gospel and grounded in the scriptural principles of charity, stability and faithfulness.”

  • Nov. 12, 2013: Our readers write

    Honoring veterans

    Once again for the fifth year, our group is collecting funds to place a wreath on every headstone at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.

    The cemetery opened in 2007 and is averaging 500 burials a year. We are a part of the Wreaths Across America, a nationwide endeavor to recognize our veterans during the holidays.  Their motto is “Remember, Honor, Teach.” 

  • Good things come around

    ISSUE: Honors for Elam

    OUR VIEW: Well deserved salute

    John Hardin High School senior Matt Elam entered rarified territory recently. He received an official invitation to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas. He is the first player from Hardin County selected in the game’s 14-year history.

    He received an official jersey in a ceremony in front of a school-wide assembly. Elam calls it a “crazy opportunity.” That’s crazy in a good way.

  • Better Business Bureau: Beware of utility scam

    Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners and business owners of a bill payment scam targeting utility customers.

    The caller claims to be a utility company employee (Louisville Gas & Electric, Kentucky Utilities, or Duke Energy), telling the customer their bill is overdue and asks for immediate bill payment by Green Dot MoneyPak Card. If the customer does not cooperate, the caller threatens to disconnect the person’s electric or natural gas service.

  • Nov. 10, 2013: Our readers write

    In honor of November being Prematurity Awareness Month, it is important for us all to remember that healthy babies are worth the wait. As a doctor who delivers babies in Elizabethtown, I see many pregnant women who are a few weeks from a full-term pregnancy and are feeling really uncomfortable. Some are ready to schedule a delivery by induction or cesarean section before they have reached their 39th or 40th week of pregnancy. They know friends or family members whose doctors have agreed to schedule such a delivery.

  • Tax reform: Time to fish or cut bait

     As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes.

    Yet there’s one ray of hope. The House and Senate chairs of the tax-writing committees — one a Republican, the other a Democrat — are preparing a comprehensive tax reform plan. They see the budget negotiations as their opportunity to enact much-needed changes to our bloated, off-kilter tax laws.