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Today's Opinions

  • Sometimes, close counts

    TOPIC: Missed goals
    OUR VIEW: Numbers don't always tell the whole story

    We have become a society that measures success only by the numbers that are reached.
    If a basketball player does not reach his 18 points per game average and his team still wins, was his effort a failure? Many say yes. What we should be looking at are the two dives to the floor as he kept possession for his team, the way he set a pick to free up a better shot or the way he encouraged his teammates from the bench after he fouled out.

  • We all have a hand in curbing bullying

    Bullying is not limited to age, race or economic status. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes and terrorize in ways beyond the playground menace who takes lunch money. It seems as soon as children figure out they can have power over another human, the lessons of bullying begin. Whether we admit it or not we have all been on both sides of the equation.

  • Jan. 21, 2011: Our readers write

    Is Parrett mimicking Washington?
    A front-page headline on the Jan. 20 edition of The News-Enterprise declared, “Parrett promotes bipartisanship during session.” It is hard to believe that this expression by 10th District State Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, is anything other than mimicking of the sentiment being promoted in Washington by the Democratic Party as they face the reality that the proverbial political donkey is no longer the commanding force directing the future of our nation.

  • Acting on the obvious

    The issue: Ignoring warning signs

    Our view: Be alert and respond

  • Districts should err on the side of caution

    ISSUE: Snow day decisions
    OUR VIEW: Better safe than sorry

    When it comes to the safety of our children, our local school districts should live by a simple motto: Better safe than sorry.

    So when officials from Hardin County, Elizabethtown Independent and LaRue County schools decide whether to have school on snowy days, we trust that those officials are living by that motto and doing what is best for the thousands of children who will be in their care when they step onto one of their school buses.

  • Jan. 17, 2001: Our readers write

    Treating mental illness
    I agree that the Tucson shooting should have been a front-page article.
    When is our country going to wake up about treating individuals and families dealing with mental illness? Mental illness costs the lives of many innocent people. A person with mental illness needs treatment. Psychiatrists tell us that untreated mental illness just gets worse. They can become ill enough to justify murder.

  • Reaching back 99 years for a middle name

    The reason pregnancy lasts nine months is to give the parents time to settle on a name.
    I know there are biological and developmental reasons for the timetable. But the social pressure and uncertainty of selecting a name for your offspring is considerable.
    Our daughter Jessica presented her parents with grandchild No. 4 last week. Along the way to delivery, she and her husband analyzed, considered and debated a few dozen names. Because of modern technology, the child’s gender was known well in advance.

  • Jan. 16, 2011: Our readers write

    School board members deserve support
    It’s safe to say that local elected leaders have seldom faced a year like 2010 and the outlook for 2011 is equally challenging. The members of the Elizabethtown Independent Board of Education have worked to preserve the district’s ability to educate our children in the face of a massive state budget shortfall and tough economic times at the local level.