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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Local minister offers Bible-based view of alcohol

    By Michael Galloway

    It was a normal church event for those involved. In my work, I have taken many a group of youth on a trip just like it. The youth group had decided to take a trip to King’s Island and had taken a bus.

    I can imagine the group having loads of fun at the amusement park until it was time to come home. The kids on the bus were probably tired, maybe a little cranky; after all it was 11 p.m.

  • Desires and dreams could use some money

    Charitable foundations can and do perform philanthropic acts that benefit the community as a whole. Lately, we've been hearing about the potential of foundations to spur community development in areas ranging from education to economics.

    The North Central Education Foundation, best known because it fueled the establishment of what has become Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, has been involved in everything from high-minded research to providing property for bricks and mortar projects such as the Hardin County Public Library's main branch.

  • Sept. 27, 2011: Our readers write

    The absentee Beshear
    Kentuckians. Gov. Steve Beshear courts the military to score political points, but has been MIA in dealing with what plagues Kentucky. Kentucky is a welfare state, a bankrupt state.
    Beshear, last year you balanced the budget with nonstimulus money that went to prop up unions that support you and President Barack Obama. You paid for Medicaid this year with borrowed money from next year’s budget and you balanced this year’s budget by mortgaging Kentucky’s future.

  • Discovering diamonds in your own life

    “It’s taken me a lifetime to get here and I don’t live that far,” she said as we were walking toward the monastery, just before we passed the sign that says, “Silence beyond this point.”