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Today's Opinions

  • April 18, 2011: Our readers write

    Trump should have been corrected

    While recently watching NBC’s “The Today Show,” an interview between anchor Meredith Vieira and Donald Trump was aired as a top attraction of the morning show.

  • April 18, 2011: Our readers write

    Trump should have been corrected

    While recently watching NBC’s “The Today Show,” an interview between anchor Meredith Vieira and Donald Trump was aired as a top attraction of the morning show.

  • Uflex brings new jobs, increased opportunities

    The issue: Uflex announcement
    Our view: New plant may be first of many

    Kentucky is entering into a new arena of job growth and Elizabethtown has been chosen to lead the way.

    The announcement that Uflex Ltd. plans to build a new manufacturing facility to produce polyester film packaging products is good news for the local employment picture. It initially will mean a $90 million investment and 125 jobs by December 2012 with both figures doubling by 2015.

    And there’s much more to celebrate.

  • New vocabulary word introduced nightmare images

    Remember relationships in grade school? Every classmate was your friend. Several were your best friends and a few were your very best friends.

    One morning in second grade, our teacher began class with a stark announcement. My best best friend was not in school that day. The night before his father had taken his own life.

    The teacher’s explanation was straightforward and detailed. Actually, too detailed. I also remember gruesome images from the nightmares that followed her frank explanation.

    No 8-year-old should know the word suicide.

  • Note to Congress: Don't play with military pay

    The issue: Government shutdown
    Our view: Military pay should be off limits

    As a budget stalemate created the threat of a shutdown last week, the federal government’s overriding influence in modern American life became all too obvious.
    The conflict in Congress threatened home loans and education, health care and law enforcement, tourist attractions and most everything in between.

    The most startling aspect: A country at war would be unable to pay its fighting men and women.

    That is unacceptable.

  • Revisiting the Burke trial

    The issue: Fourth mistrial in Burke case
    Our view:
    Mistrial does not represent justice denied

    For the second time, jurors were unable to agree upon a verdict in the double murder case involving former U.S. Army Sgt. Brent Burke.

    As a result of the jury’s impasse following hours of deliberation, Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton was forced to declare a mistrial.
    This most recent mistrial is the fourth to occur in Burke’s ongoing high-profile case.

  • First impression redirected by a single smile

    I was at one of my favorite restaurants, Jason’s Deli, when I noticed the man sitting at another table, eating with his wife and three young children. He was a big, raw-boned, burly guy, who towered over me when I walked by him, both of us on our way to sit down.

    He plopped onto his chair, perhaps exhausted from work. I slid into the booth with my wife.

    That’s when I took a good look at him. Stern-faced and serious, he cast what seemed like an intimidating aura over his family as they ate together.

  • April 11, 2011: Our readers write

    The good, the bad and the yummy
    Recently, Yum! Brands proposed allowing food stamps to be accepted at restaurants owned by Yum! corporations. Lobbyists are rallying for Gov. Steve Beshear’s support. Yum! has financially endorsed Beshear’s re-election campaign on many occasions since the food stamp/restaurant proposal, almost assuredly in hopes of gaining his support.