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Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • What becomes of the broken-hearted?

    His lips quivered as tears moistened his eyes. But maybe that was just my imagination.

    No, I could have sworn I saw his lower lip quivering. And no mistaking, I heard his voice cracking just a bit.

    It was all there: the suppression of grief, the futile effort to hold the emotions in check, the chin lowered to the chest. It was all exposed.

    His mournful tale has been told by others for eons: the friend who disappointed, a relationship destroyed, the future uncertain.

  • A snapshot of black history

    Most of the inventions and contributions of blacks in America are  hidden and suppressed by mainstream media and school curriculums. I just wanted to give acknowledgement and hopefully educate some on the significant contributions blacks have had on America’s enhancement to greatness.

    First of all, let’s talk about the Tuskegee Airman. The unit lost only 68 of its numbers in World War II and were paramount in escorting bombers to their objectives and returning them safely. The numbers are remarkable

  • Feb. 13, 2012: Our readers write

    Outpouring of support strikes home
    I have had the great pleasure in assisting the coaching staff for the John Hardin High School bowling teams. During that time I was told that to compete, each bowler would need his or her own equipment. For a lot of reasons some could not afford to do so at the time. I asked my bowling companions from several leagues if they had any used bowling balls or bags they could donate to the high school bowlers.

  • Feb. 12, 2012: Our readers write

    Choice or prison
    Why would some students want to drop out before age 18? Perhaps because they can’t read or don’t know their multiplcation tables and take almost nothing from classes except being self-labeled as dummies, day after day. Bright spots for them may be when they can get others to laugh or otherwise waste time. So why should schools be financially rewarded for forcefully keeping disrupters until age 18, damaging the learning opportunities of real students?