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Today's Opinions

  • Dec. 1, 2011: Our readers write

    Think long term
    Many residents fought for Elizabethtown to become a second-class city so they could keep the restaurant tax from being imposed to pay for the Elizabethtown Sports Park. 
    I personally have no issue with the restaurant tax and I also support building the sports park. However, I can’t help but wonder how many of those same people now would be opposed to Elizabethtown becoming a second-class city knowing it would allow for bars and restaurants to sell alcohol without the 70/30 rule.

  • Elizabethtown Sports Park begins to book events

    Recent news that the under construction Elizabethtown Sports Park is beginning to get a flow of traffic on its tournament calendar is refreshing.
    After all, one of the reasons to build the much-debated, $28 million multi-sports complex was to bring in out-of-town teams and generate additional revenue within the county for restaurants, hotels and businesses.

  • Cycle of life and of hope seen in garden graves

    “You’d better get what’s left of your garden in; we’re going to have a hard freeze tonight,” Glen, my gardening mentor, warned me several weeks ago. 

    And so I carried in the tomato vines, picked the peppers and salvaged what okra was left. In the garage, they now are ripening so fast that some are beginning to rot before we can get them eaten.

    My wife tolerates my boastful proclamation: “It’s November and we still enjoy the garden,” as if this justifies the time devoted to working the ground this past summer.

  • Redistricting does not have to be political toy

    Establishing legislative districts may seem as simple as drawing lines on a map. But like most tasks, the devil is in the detail.
    To establish fair and equal representation, the districts all must contain a reasonably similar number of residents. Every person is represented: Man, woman, child or infant — not just voters. The goal is set based on census results.
    So in addition to drawing lines, there’s math involved. The General Assembly has a breakdown of every voting precinct within every county to help balance the totals.

  • Nov. 27, 2011: Our readers write

    Farmer’s perspective
    This is a reply to a Nov. 20 letter titled “On Antibiotic Use.”As a cow/calf farmer on a family farm that sends cattle to  confined animal feeding operations, I also am concerned about antibiotics being administered to my calves. I can assure that in all the feedlots that have fed my calves, antibiotics are only used to treat sick calves.

  • Former foster children facing difficult futures

    In the foster care system, it’s called “aging out.” It involves foster kids between 18 and 21 years of age who are no longer eligible for the care provided through the system. For those who exit foster care this way, the statistics stacked against their odds of success as independent young adults aren’t good.

  • Role models paved the way

    Hardin County has suffered some recent losses in the deaths of women who have greatly contributed to who we are as a community.
    Glorina Bishop, the “First Lady” of First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown and Charley Nell Llewellyn, a former social worker and advocate, both died this month.
    Their contributions to the lives of many over decades will not soon be forgotten.
    Bishop, who was 79, was the wife of the Rev. B.T. Bishop and someone who broadened her impact with her commitment to various organizations.

  • Nov. 24, 2011: Our readers write

    Why smoke-free matters
    If someone had told me 20 years ago, when I first began my public health career, that one day 34 percent of Kentuckians would live in a smoke-free community, I would not have believed it. Today, it is true.