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Today's Opinions

  • Change in Army care is good for Fort Knox

    ISSUE: Two Community Care Units comings

    OUR VIEW: Army transition meets revised needs

    As the war in Afghanistan draws to a close, the numbers of wounded and ill among our nation’s war fighters has declined. With this reduction, the population of soldiers being treated in the Army’s Warrior Transition Units had fallen from a high of 12,551 in 2008 to 7,070 earlier this month – the lowest since the units were established in 2007.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline focused on kitchen-table discussions

    By BILL LAWSON and MICHAEL McMAHON

    For the last three months, representatives of Bluegrass Pipeline have been meeting in the homes of landowners in 13 Kentucky counties to discuss the project and the prospect of purchasing an easement, which is the right to use a narrow strip of land for installation of an underground pipeline.

  • Jan. 23, 2014: Our readers write

    Sharing opinion on a few candidates

    As the political arena warms up in Hardin County, I often pay attention to motives, background and statements made by those who are involved or intend to be in the public eye.

    Harry Barry, you get my vote because you are a representation of good solid values, leadership and a true conservative, as your fiscal responsibility is sound and based on the whole county.

  • Congress should restore vets' pay

    ISSUE: Reduction in pay increases for veterans
    OUR VIEW: Efforts under way to restore benefits

    Even if cuts to cost-of-living increases for some military veterans are repealed, the damage already is done, and we’re not talking about money.

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that Congress approved and the president signed included a 1 percent “cut” to future cost of living adjustments to retirement pay for military veterans’ younger than 62.

  • United Way proposes a new approach to community change

    The Standford Social Innovation Review defines Collective Impact as “[t]he commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.”

  • Health risks of e-cigs still hazy

    ISSUE: E-cigarette use in public places
    OUR VIEW: Expanded smoking bans would cut confusion

    In many cities across Kentucky, including Elizabethtown and Radcliff, smokers have been stepping outside public buildings to light up for years.

    But in recent years, vapers have been popping up and puffing away in restaurants, workplaces and other public areas.

  • Bluegrass Beacon column by Jim Waters
  • Guest column