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Today's Opinions

  • Oct. 2, 2011: our readers write

    Morality can’t be redefined
    First of all, it amazes me that many folks say expanded alcohol sales is strictly an economic issue. These same folks, I’m sure, would agree the laws we have against perjury, public nudity, murder, drugs, etc. are good laws, yet these are moral issues as well. You can’t redefine what is moral and what is not. We must choose to live by morals and not convenience. By the way, they used to put beer in a brown bag when you purchased it. Now you can carry a 12 pack right out the front door in plain sight.

  • Don't fear lofty goals

    ISSUE: United Way goal
    OUR VIEW: Reach for challenge

    We are a society that invests heavily in goals.

    We want our children to achieve only A’s and B’s in school and use many motivational tools to get the job done. We want to retire by a certain age or have a certain number of children or to vacation at least once a year on a sun-drenched beach.

    We like goals.

  • Sept. 30, 2011: Our readers write

    Economics 101 proof
    Have you ever been in a Hardin County convenience store when an out-of-town patron comes in and asks where the beer is? Have you seen that look of incredulousness, disappointment and frustration on that non-local’s face, when all they wanted after a hard day of driving was to get their favorite cold beer, go back to their hotel room and relax?

  • Family Resource Centers and other accolades

    TOPIC: Good news abounds
    OUR VIEW: It's what we do around here

    Unless you have utilized or assisted a school Family Resource and Youth Services Center, you have no idea of the value these centers bring to hundreds of Hardin County students and their families every day.

    But for 20 years, the centers have helped elementary school children and their families in various ways such as child care, and middle school and high school students and their families with finding work and ways to battle substance abuse.

  • Sept. 29, 2011: Our readers write

    Alcohol sales an economic issue
    On Oct. 4, the residents of Vine Grove, Radcliff and Elizabethtown have a choice to make on expanded alcohol sales — yes or no. Before you vote, know the facts.
    97 percent of the United States allows the legal sale of alcohol in their communities. That makes our community, with only limited sales, a pretty unique place to live. But, the truth of the matter is, this is not a great selling point in attracting new business.

  • Wet or dry? It's a matter of economics and choice

    Now that the momentum of Fort Knox’s realignment is coming to an end, it’s time for Hardin County collectively, and residents of Vine Grove, Radcliff and Elizabethtown independently, to ask: “What’s next? How do we maintain, if not accelerate our momentum?”

    Unfortunately, there is no panacea, no “next big thing” like BRAC on the horizon. But there are steps that can be taken to continue to best-position the community for economic growth. Approving local option alcohol sales can be one such potential economic development step.

  • Sept. 28, 2011: Our readers write

    Don’t forget the past
    Recently one of your letters said that Hardin County was in the “Dark Ages.” We’re far from the dark ages, but we do face some dark days. At one time, May 1988, Hardin County was “lit up” all across the nation, because of the alcohol-related Carrollton bus crash.

  • Habitat's Mega Build upgrades community

    ISSUE: Habitat for Humanity's Mega Build 
    OUR VIEW: Project improves quality of life 

    Col. Samuel Haycraft is credited in Elizabethtown history as being one of three early settlers in the area. Along with Capt. Thomas Helm and Col. Andrew Hynes, Haycraft is recorded to have built three blockhouse stockades in 1779 as protective shelter and defense against the Native Americans that weren’t particularly happy to share the local wilderness with these newcomers.