Today's Opinions

  • Leadership shutdown

    ISSUE: Federal government shuttered
    OUR VIEW: Demand leadership and governance

    As the government shutdown reaches Day 11 with a federal debt crisis looming next week, many Americans are frustrated, angry and even embarrassed about the impasse.

    Here’s another view to consider: We deserve the incompetent government we have.

  • Oct. 10, 2013: Our readers write

    What if ...

    I have been listening to the circus that is the debate over the government shutdown, and see how the Associated Press and other mainstream media rush to blame the House of Representatives.

    One of the few advantages of being older is you remember the shenanigans that happened in the past. This is far from being the first time this has happened.

  • It’s time for an intervention

    The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?

    Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches — reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis.

  • Why Kentucky schools should prepare for allergic reactions

    When it comes to protecting our children, most parents are willing to do just about anything to ensure their safety. But do our schools do the same?

    We all hope our schools also take the necessary precautions to ensure our children are safe at school. That’s why Kentucky worked hard to pass a law last year to encourage schools to carry epinephrine auto-injectors on site in case of a severe allergic reaction.

  • Drafting new rules for wastewater

    ISSUE: Extension of wastewater treatment
    OUR VIEW: Establishing reasonable rules

    Treated public water now flows along rights of way on more than 90 percent of roads in Hardin County. This vital commodity is at the doorstep of most every local resident.

    Extending waterlines throughout Hardin County has been a boon to development. Residential subdivisions have been built in rural corners of our community that otherwise would be unlikely if not impossible.

  • Prep golf success nothing new to area

    TOPIC: High school golf success
    Area golfers shine when the pressure is on

    When it comes to the game of high school golf in Hardin County and the surrounding area, success has been par for the course for many years.

  • Oct. 9, 2013: Our readers write

    What’s in a name?

    What would you call a government with a leader and representatives elected by people freely voting rather than having a king or queen? After this government is elected by the majority during freely held elections, what would you call the destructive and blocking actions against this freely elected government by a minority group who are disgruntled by the result of these freely held elections?

    Richard K. Rogers


  • In search for inner peace, remember to truly listen

    I arrived before daybreak at the Abbey of Gethsemani, unaware that the occasion I had chosen as a personal day of prayer and reflection happened to be the Feast Day for St. Francis of Assisi.

    For me that made the day all the more special. St. Francis is one of my favorite religious persons in all of history. His decision to seek simplicity, walk the pathway of peace, love animals and respect nature has been an abiding source of inspiration to me.