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Today's Opinions

  • Jail aggressively responds to suspicions

    The issue: Deputy jailer arrested on bribery charges
    Our view: Two incidents don't mean all is bad

  • Hero status of illegal immigrant points to ironies

    “And isn’t it ironic. Don’t you think?” — Alanis Morissette, from the song, “Ironic”

    It’s been a month of bad news: Standard and Poor’s lowered the U.S. sterling credit rating, 30 U.S. service members including 22 Navy SEALs were killed in the single deadliest loss for U.S. troops since the Afghan war began, 3.2 million people in Somalia need food and aid immediately, and the stock market plunges again and again and again

    It’s refreshing to hear a good story: one of heroism, courage and irony.

  • Aug. 22, 2011: Our readers write

    Civil rights regression

  • Military pensions: Drawing a line in the sand

    By JIMMIE L. FOSTER, guest columnist

    For the past year, I have traveled through every state and several foreign countries meeting with veterans, service members and military families. This experience has given me the opportunity to listen and learn from the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow. While meeting our young warriors of today, I saw the same dedication, resolve and honor that was apparent when I served in uniform. It made me happy to be a veteran, national commander of The American Legion and, most importantly, an American.

  • Eight decades of memories pack Howevalley School

    It’s official. The long goodbye has begun for families with deep attachments to Howevalley Elementary School.
    In a way, it will be a goodbye to a way of life. Just as its establishment some eight decades ago closed the era of one-room schoolhouses in that western corner of Hardin County, there’s nothing quite like Howevalley left.

  • Aug. 21, 2011: Our readers write

    Recycled arguments in Radcliff politics
    With regards to the issue of a recycle trailer in Radcliff it seems that some of us have lost our perspective.
    Magistrate Doug Goodman, having not gotten his way with Fiscal Court on a recycle trailer for Radcliff, goes back to his district and the city of Radcliff crying foul. With the city’s help he claims to be able to “land a trailer within weeks.”

  • Shaken and stirred

    The issue: Local alcohol option vote
    Our view: Recipe has changed

    Like many issues under Kentucky law, the local-option alcohol vote turns out to be a lot less clear than originally thought.

    Yes for Economic Success says approval of the option in Radcliff, Vine Grove and Elizabethtown would benefit economic development by keeping money spent on alcohol in the county and would be another tool in local development arsenals.

  • Addressing the tragedy of drunken driving

    I have been a prosecutor for the past 14 years, yet I’ve never become accustomed to the sorrow I feel when I’m involved in a case where someone has died because of alcohol-impaired driving.

    These crashes happen far too often: In 2009, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. That means an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality happened every 48 minutes.