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Today's Opinions

  • Hoping to renew the memory of sacrifice

    He’s been gone almost four years: On one hand, not such a long time. But considering he died at age 19, it equates to a big chunk of the life he lived.

    Sammie Phillips died a long way from home. The North Hardin High School graduate was killed in Rustamlyah, Iraq, on Sept. 10, 2007 – 43 months ago today. While in the service of his country as a member of the Kentucky National Guard, Pfc. Phillips’ vehicle overturned on a traffic control mission.

    His family and friends remember his sacrifice.

  • April 10, 2011: Our readers write

    Early years are the most important

    Young children in Hardin County deserve the best that we can give them.

    Week of the Young Child, April 11-17, is a time to recognize the needs of young children, and thank the adults involved in their education and care.

    Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.

  • Free GED test offers valuable second chance

    ISSUE: GED is free through June 30
    OUR VIEW: Access opens doors to opportunities

    A good education is a vital foundation for a good life.

    Not everyone makes the most of their opportunities in school. For some who underestimated the value of education during their teen years, or who experienced circumstances that represented such difficulty that couldn’t be overcome at the time, life’s hard lessons often cause them to re-evaluate.

  • Capitol ideas

    Back in February, which was Black History Month, Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo suggested that a statue of Muhammad Ali would be a good addition to Capitol Rotunda.

    The Kentuckians already honored there are President Abraham Lincoln; Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy; Vice President Alban Barkley, statesman Henry Clay and Ephraim McDowell, a pioneering surgeon.

  • Teaching a community to fish

    The issue: United Way instructional forums
    Our view: Valuable resource for agencies

  • April 7, 2011: Our readers write

    Coal good for America
    Approaching Easter, I think of the commercial about a product that is only available during this time of year. It essentially says “when the Easter Bunny is gone, this product is also gone.” Something like government incentives and tax breaks for the development of alternative energy sources. For when the incentives are gone, so are the new energy projects.
    This has been proven in Europe, according to a recent John Stossel report, and it is subject to happen here, too.

  • Young life sacrificed in a faraway place

    Working for a daily newspaper serving a military community makes news about our nation’s war effort in foreign lands a familiar thing. It occupies our pages frequently. And on more occasions than any collection of small towns should experience, we’ve published the stories of young men our area has given up on the battlefield.

  • Business decision may not be best for whale or trainers

    The issue: Tilikum returns to SeaWorld

    Our view: Questionable decision