Today's Opinions

  • You can't build from the top down

    ISSUE: Hardin County United
    OUR VIEW: No foundation laid

    Hardin Fiscal Court recently slammed the door on the idea of a local unified government. Although the city government of Radcliff formally turned up its nose on the idea and Elizabethtown's council held similar opinions, Fiscal Court’s lopsided 7-2 vote really put the kabosh on the idea — for now at least.

  • Question should not be the work

    When you work in government or for government, there’s a good chance the spotlight eventually will land on you.

    The people we elect and the people they hire ultimately respond to the whims of voters and taxpayers. It’s difficult to have multiple “bosses,” even when most of the time they don’t pay much attention.

    It also is difficult, I expect, to have reporters looking over your shoulder, asking pesky questions and describing your efforts and accomplishments for all to see.

    But it’s an element of the job.

  • Aug. 24, 2012: Our readers write

    Laughable idea

    The idea that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will fix Medicare is inaccurate, to put it mildly.

    President Barack Obama has not taken any money from Medicare for new Obamacare programs. The $716 billion he proposes are in savings taken from the supply side, ie., from health care providers, fraud and waste, over the next 10 years. The same study that backs the president’s plan also says seniors will be strapped with another $6,000-plus expense every year by the so-called Romney plan. Some fix.

  • Support must be rallied on behalf of veterans

    Every day our troops stand strong in their pledge to protect the nation, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice. Yet what are we, the American people, doing to protect and support them?

  • Graduation rates on the rise

    TOPIC: Graduation rates
    OUR VIEW: Don't forget the kids left behind

    We are a society that gets hung up a lot on numbers.

    A .300 hitter in baseball, a 25 score on an ACT. A 20-point scorer in basketball, a 90-plus school graduation rate.

    The higher the number, usually the better.

    Recent news of graduation rates among Hardin County and area schools is encouraging news and numbers that bring pride to students, parents, educators and the community as a whole.

  • Aug. 23, 2012: Our readers write

    Romney and Ryan will fix Medicare

    Recently, several cartoonists have joined the “Mediscare” efforts attempting to misrepresent if not out right lie about Congressman (now GOP vice president choice) Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Like many years prior, the liberals are attempting to scare senior citizens. Truth is the Ryan plan made no changes to Medicare for people 55 years or older but did offer changes to Medicare for future generations.

  • You can't run a race alone

    ISSUE: Candidates for local elected office
    OUR VIEW: Lack of interest is disappointing

    The passing of the Aug. 14 filing deadline for candidates seeking election to local political office should leave voters with a sense of disappointment.

  • Aug. 22, 2012: Our readers write

    A good problem?

    “Schools like to have a full house,” Mark Thomas said in an Aug. 15 article in The News Enterprise (HCS enrollment up, teachers needed).

    “Large classes create some problems, but they are good problems to have,” he said. 

    These comments were made after an unexpected growth spurt in Hardin County Schools.

    The increase in students forced classes to begin with an absurd student/teacher ratio, over-crowded classrooms, shifting and moving students, and combining classrooms.