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Today's Opinions

  • For unification to succeed, residents need to know what they’ll lose

    Back in the early 1990s, when I was a reporter for The Courier-Journal, I remember seeing a book by late University of Kentucky professor William Lyons called “The Politics of City-County Merger: The Lexington-Fayette Experience.” It was on the desk of then-Mayor David Adkisson of Owensboro. 

    At the time, Owensboro was in a campaign to merge with Daviess County; I was reporting on that effort.

  • Keep up the recycling effort, Hardin Countians

    On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Hardin County, we want to publicly acknowledge and applaud the recycling efforts of Hardin County residents.

    Over 90 years, the League of Women Voters of the United States has promoted many environmental issues, including clean air and water as well as recycling.

  • Heartland Festival deserves devotion needed to succeed

    Bardstown has its Kentucky Bourbon Festival and Paducah has its National Quilt Show. Pikeville has its Hillbilly Days and Owensboro has its International Bar-B-Q Festival. London has its World Chicken Festival and Elizabethtown has its … well, we’re not sure what we’ll have.

    Unfortunately, there is a looming question mark of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Heartland Festival. That’s a shame.

  • HCS wise to pass on food program

    Hardin County Schools has decided to say no to the Community Eligibility Option, part of President Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The federal government program set into motion in December 2010 would have provided a free lunch to all students at qualifying schools in the district.

  • HCU consultant explains unification review process

    Hardin County’s citizens have a unique opportunity. Hardin County has the opportunity to unify its existing good local government and become one of the largest and most progressive communities in Kentucky.

    However, before the citizens will be able to consider and vote on whether or not the community should unify, a specific plan first must be developed. Under Kentucky law, this plan only can be developed by what is called the unification review commission.

    Let’s be clear: Only the voters of Hardin County can consider and approve unified government.

  • Today's fictional rewrite of history doesn't erase nature of regret

    Someone, somewhere is reading this today with a desire to rewrite their personal history.

    It's usually influenced by regret: A failure, a lost opportunity, a path not taken.

    Choices have consequences. For each time that we answer opportunity's knock, other doors slam shut.

    Even the wisest moves result in sacrifice. For example, a decision to study law is a worthwhile pursuit, but somewhere today there's a lawyer wondering what life would be like if an interest in architecture had been pursued instead.

  • Recycling trailers become focus of community tensions

    ISSUE: Recycling trailer for Radcliff
    OUR VIEW: Confront root issue, not symptom

    Recycling trailers established by Hardin County government provide an option for residents interested in being green.

    After more than four years of quietly serving as drop points for cardboard, newspapers, aluminum cans and some types of plastic bottles, the trailers have become a point of political debate.

  • Local postmaster appeals for Congressional action

    “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night ... will stay us from the swift completion of our appointed rounds.”