Today's Opinions

  • Early release from prison may be a necessary evil

    As Gov. Steve Beshear announced his budget plans last week, he described significant cuts which he acknowledged would reach into services that most Kentuckians consider vital.

    It appears we got a head start on the bad news Jan. 3, when the state released nearly 1,000 prisoners into various communities. While changes in the penal code last year led to the release, the Get Out of Jail Free cards will translate into savings of an estimated $40 million.

  • Jan. 22, 2012: Our readers write

    Drunken or conflicted in Radcliff
    I’m not quite sure which of these characterize some of the Radcliff City Council members but they themselves should consider this and decide.

  • Redistricting means less than experience

    Political shenanigans take place once a decade as legislators in power attempt to gain an advantage by redrawing district boundaries in ways considered beneficial to the interests of their allies.

    Recent decisions in Frankfort that turn the map of Hardin County into a jigsaw puzzle are nothing new. Complaints about having the county's influence diluted, seeing precincts sliced into three pieces or Radcliff split into four districts are not new.

  • Redistricting process does not make a pretty picture

    ISSUE: Legislative redistricting
    OUR VIEW: Independent draft needed

    Having seen the process up close, first-term state Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, does not think legislators should be in charge of redrawing boundaries for House and Senate seats.

    He wants to see an independent process designed to best apportion the 100 House members and 38 senators among Kentucky’s population.

  • Jan. 20, 2012: Our readers write

    Requesting information
    I believe it would be of a great service by this newspaper for its great readers and public:

  • True numbers aren't in yet

    Here’s the thing about statistics. You can find one to support any point.
    It might be tempting to run with the numbers concerning driving under the influence arrests between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2 — the first holiday week after beer sales started in three Hardin County cities. We should tap the brakes on that idea.
    During that week, nine were arrested for DUI in Elizabethtown, five in Radcliff and one in Vine Grove. During the same period the prior year, seven were arrested for DUI in Elizabethtown, one in Radcliff and two in Vine Grove.

  • Jan. 19, 2012: Our readers write

    Perceptions, Perceptions
    Perceive: 1: to attain awareness or understanding; 2: to become aware of through the senses. Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary.
    I watched Wednesday’s WLKY interview with Councilman Don Yates and The Bookstore owner, Jerry Brown. The words “perceive” and “perceptions” were used a lot. The question raised was their pursuit of an alcohol license and whether there is an ethics issue or a conflict of interest.

  • Jan. 18, 2012: Our readers write

    Excellent work
    on unification bill

    Congratulations and thanks go out to our State Reps. Jimmie Lee and Tim Moore and also to our State Sen. Dennis Parrett for their quick work on trying to get the laws cleared up on the unification process. Unclear or vague laws can create a lot of confusion and keep us from doing what is best for our city and state.