Today's Opinions

  • Preparation saves lives

    ISSUE: Tornado season readiness
    You can never be too prepared

    The storms that ravaged the Midwest are a stark reminder of what happened in southern Indiana last year and periodically have ripped apart buildings and shattered lives here in Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties.

    The lives lost in Oklahoma remind us of how quickly things can change. The best we can do is be prepared for the worse.

  • May 29, 2013: Our readers write

    Question of ethics

    Recent and past questionable political events, and the media coverage or lack thereof have caused many to question the media bias.

  • Wait and see about U.S. 31W

    ISSUE: Delay of U.S. 31W median plan
    OUR VIEW: Cabinet secretary made best choice

    Taking a wait-and-see attitude often is portrayed as a passive approach. But aggressive efforts were required to initiate a change in median development project along Hardin County’s busiest commercial sections of U.S. 31W.

  • Destructive storms are just the nature of this world

    I grew up in Tornado Alley. Tornadoes were more of an event I enjoyed than a threat I feared, so invincible did I think I was as a child and teenager. As we gathered in the Shively’s storm shelter with other neighbors, I rather enjoyed the social gathering and naively hoped the twister somehow would be bad enough to cancel school but not destructive enough to hurt anyone.

    Questions of why, an inevitable response to suffering, weren’t in my purview, at least not then.

  • May 28, 2013: Our readers write

    No benevolence

    Harriet Tubman once said, “I have freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

  • Hall of fame drives to goal

    ISSUE: High School Basketball Hall of Fame

    OUR VIEW: Several key steps just ahead

    Since the announcement of Elizabethtown’s selection as home to the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, the goal has been to open by 2018.

    While that’s still five years off, organizers are making some major steps in the next few months.

  • Revolving Republicans

    Some 25 years ago, I changed my life.

    A visit inside a church opened my eyes to the destructive life I was living, financed by welfare checks generously provided by American taxpayers.

    I got off welfare, went to work, got politically active and became a Republican. I didn’t become a Republican because of what the party looked like. I became a Republican because of what the party stood for: individual freedom, traditional values, with a view that government’s role is to protect our freedom at home and abroad.

  • A sober approach to drunken driving

    In its new report on how to reduce drunken-driving deaths, the National Transportation Safety Board states its goal in the title: “Reaching Zero.” The agency thinks it is irreproachable to try to ensure that no one ever dies in an alcohol-related accident. In fact, it’s a utopian goal requiring excessive compulsion in the pursuit of unattainable perfection.