Today's Opinions

  • United Way spends your contributions well

    Everyone is stretching dollars these days.

    Money and resources only go so far, whether being spent by a businesses, an agency or an individual. The United Way of Central Kentucky is no exception.

    Each year, the organization has the responsibility of putting campaign money raised where it can meet the greatest needs of the community in the most efficient and effective manner.

  • Two views: The case against hunting sandhill cranes

    If they are allowed to go through with it, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will allow for the first time in more than 100 years the hunting of sandhill cranes in Kentucky.
    Under what KDFWR calls a sandhill crane management plan, hunters will be allowed to buy permits and shoot the birds as they migrate through the commonwealth in the winter months.

  • Two views: The case for hunting sandhill cranes

    The eastern population of sandhill cranes migrates through and winters in portions of Kentucky. Sandhill cranes are the most abundant crane species on the planet, with more than 700,000 spending part of their year in North America. The eastern population is the world’s second largest, numbering between 60,000 and 100,000 birds.
    The population continues to grow and has become increasingly visible in Kentucky in recent years. Peak counts in Kentucky now approach 20,000 cranes in the Barren River Lake area.

  • May 4, 2011: Our readers write

    When can we be proud?
    Congratulations Kentucky. You have been ranked by “24/7 Wall Street “ as the worst governed state in the Union. No small task considering we had to beat Michigan, Arizona and California, which were ranked 47-49th respectively.

  • Weather watchers watch over us

    I used to wonder why my wife, Lori, and her family are such avid weather watchers. Whenever we are in a storm warning in Kentucky, my mother-in-law in Oklahoma usually knows about it before I do.

    Not long ago she called me on my cell phone: “Are you OK?”

    I had no clue why she asked. I quickly glanced around my office for vandals, felt my pulse and answered, “I guess so. Why?”

  • May 2, 2011: Our readers write

    Railways to heaven
    April 30 marked the 40th anniversary of the end of an era; the last running of passenger trains on the L&N Railroad, one of the great classy American Railroads. On that date, several L&N routes ran their last trip. The most notable of these, The Pan American and The Hummingbird, service from Cincinnati to New Orleans. The few trains that remained were continued under Amtrak for different periods of time. Most were canceled before 1980.

  • May 1, 2011: Our readers write

    Alcohol sales should be put to a vote
    The issue is not a moral one but rather a matter of allowing voters to decide if they want alcoholic beverages sold at retailers in the county. The first amendment gives us the right to petition and that is exactly what Y.E.S. is doing. They are gathering signatures on a petition so the question can be put to a vote. No matter if you are for or against the issue, voters in Hardin County have the right to decide.

  • Essential news arrived as nine-word post online

    Four Alabama refugees and their dog took shelter in our house early Thursday morning. My daughter’s family escaped without injury or significant property damage but not without some degree of impact.

    After our daily April storms, the constant storm watches and warnings almost became background noise. Another threat was predicted for Wednesday but when my wife described news of Alabama’s devastation the information didn’t immediately register.