Today's Opinions

  • Fun events seen as quality-of-life issues

    ISSUE: City event planners
    OUR VIEW: Festivals deserve resources

    If city of Elizabethtown officials had not decided to take on event planning early in 2012, area residents, visitors and businesses might not have Heartland Festival in the Park and Cruisin’ the Heartland to enjoy.

    At that time, the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce refocused its efforts on initiatives that had more direct impact on its members, vacating management of the festivals. Both events were created by former chamber directors.

  • Is a thank-you note too much to ask?

    TOPIC: Thank You cards, notes
    OUR VIEW: Be thankful, be kind

    Remember that $20 in the envelope or gift card you dropped in the mail for the recent high school graduate you know?

  • June 26, 2013: Our readers write

    McConnell vulnerable in 2014

  • June 25, 2013: Our readers write

    Limit cost of living increases

    The June 3 edition of The News-Enterprise contained a story about Social Security with questions answered by an array of officials. 

    The story indicated  trustees project depletion of Social Security funds by the year 2033 — in 20 years.  Once the reserves run out, incoming payroll taxes will cover roughly 75 percent of  promised Social Security benefits, which would require an immediate 25 percent cut in benefits. This cut would reduce a monthly Social Security payment of $1,266 to $950.

  • Footballs, fitness and a fun fair

    ISSUE: Some good stuff

    OUR VIEW: Celebrate success

  • June is Fireworks Safety Month

    It is fitting that the month leading up to our nation’s birthday is Fireworks Safety Month as fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple pie and, unfortunately, fireworks can be as dangerous as they are patriotic.

  • June 23, 2013: Our readers write

    Furlough fairness?

    Starting next month myself, along with the other government workers on post, will be required to take one day a week off without pay, sixteen hours a pay period, so the government can save money.

    It is amazing how quiet our elected officials and local media have been on this matter, considering what has been made public recently. One branch of the military said they had the money so no one would be furloughed, but yet it was determined, to make it fair for everyone, all branches would be required to enforce the furloughs.

  • Exploring the past with the latest technology

    Like walking through the pages of time, history museums hold a special attraction.

    Family members who travel with me don’t always share my willingness to read every panel and examine each exhibit. It often adds unwanted time to a trip.

    Going up in the arch in St. Louis? Expect a diversion into the museum inside its base that chronicles America’s western migration. Got plans for a Nashville weekend? Don’t mention The Hermitage or the Country Music Hall of Fame because Ben’s going to want to stop.