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Today's Opinions

  • Vital information is just moments away

    ISSUE: Public notification system
    OUR VIEW: Service is important, affordable

    Information is critical to all important decisions.

    It’s absolutely vital in emergency situations.

    A new service offered by Hardin County Emergency Management will help dispense information rapidly and alert all residents to disaster response efforts and safety advice.

  • Penn State refrain: 'Say it ain't so, Joe'

    Upon hearing the news of Joe Paterno’s failure to do more to protect the kids in the case of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged crime, my first thought was, “Say it ain’t so, Joe”— the line the little boy supposedly spoke to baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson as he walked down the steps of the courthouse after appearing before a grand jury for allegedly fixing the 1919 World Series.

  • Fatally flawed: Court secrecy endangers the innocent

    ISSUE: Access to DCBS records
    OUR VIEW: One small step in the right direction

    For a second time in a year, a Kentucky court has ordered the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to unseal records related to the deaths of children. Sought by newspapers, the cabinet has fought tooth and nail to keep the records under wraps.

    And once again, a judge has decried the cabinet’s “culture of secrecy.”

  • Local craftsman provided a link to Lincoln

    It was front page news when the Boundary Oak died.

    An impressive figure, the tree was six feet wide and 90 feet tall with a crown that spread 115 feet. A tree of that size casts quite a shadow.

    Its fame came not from its size but from the unique spot of Kentucky soil where the acorn fell. About a quarter century after it sprouted, a surveyor used the oak as a point of reference on a deed for the Sinking Springs farm.

  • Dollar for the Dukes shows tangible thanks

    Soon, thousands of soldiers will end a year-long deployment to Afghanistan and return to Fort Knox. Area residents have a unique opportunity to make them feel especially welcomed home.

    Dollars for the Dukes, a fundraising campaign of The Duke Association, a nonprofit and nonpolitical group of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Knox, continues through Nov. 21 and possibly through the end of the month.

  • Nov. 11, 2011: Our readers write

    A Veteran’s Day thank you
    On Veterans Day, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many citizens of Hardin County who made contributions to the Elizabethtown Disabled American Veterans Chapter 003 “Forget Me Not” fundraiser. Members of DAV Chapter 003 set up donation stations at the Fort Knox Commissary, Radcliff and Elizabethtown Wal-Mart stores, and the Dolphin Drive Kroger store in Elizabethtown. Please know that your donations will go to help local area veterans and their dependents.

  • Listen before sharing your own beliefs

    We had just left the Hindu temple when I noticed the red dot on my mother’s forehead. It was the “tilaki,” the third eye or mind's eye, associated with many Hindu gods, also symbolizing the idea of meditation and spiritual enlightenment. 

    I, a recent graduate of a high school education, feeding on my scholastic possibilities, feeling strong in my evangelical superiority, upbraided my mother: “You let them mark you! And, that’s a false religion.”

    My mother was neither intimidated or perturbed by her 19-year-old son.

  • Nov. 9, 2011: Our readers write

    Where’s the fence?
    You have heard the old Wendy’s commercial, “Where’s the beef?” Well, I am wondering, “Where’s the fence?”
    My neighborhood has been enveloped by the Elizabethtown Sports Park. Therefore, I assumed the park would be providing a privacy fence for the homes which lie adjacent to the ball fields. I was shocked and appalled this week to see they had planted tall, skinny shrubs as their idea of privacy and security (not to mention a noise barrier) between my back yard and the park.