Today's Opinions

  • Noble sacrifices affect us all

    The toll of American deaths in Iraq reached a milestone Monday: 4,000. The number is a fraction of the losses from other protracted wars, but is higher than the nation expected.

    In May 2003 when major combat actions were declared completed, the nation collectively wiped its brow and thought, “Whew. Thank God casualties were relatively few.”

  • Slice of Life: Kissing and telling

    “What are you doing?” I asked my niece, my face a little squished and I a little unsure I wanted to hear the answer. With her 3-year-old grip — the kind of grip you can only undo by prying each finger away, one at a time — she clutched the back of my neck in her hand and pressed my cheek close to hers.


    She pulled away — only inches — and blinked.

  • Justice or justification

    Justice or justification

    ISSUE: Delicate balance of justice

    OUR VIEW: Remark was in error

    The pursuit of justice is a delicate process at best. That’s why the symbolic Lady Justice is depicted holding a set of scales. A felony assault trial last week in Hardin Circuit Court illustrates the sensitive nature of pursuing truth.

  • Late mom would have been a great grandmother

     I remember as a child that I loved Mother’s Day.

     It never ranked higher than Christmas or my birthday for obvious reasons, but the element of surprise that I could spring on my unsuspecting mother was pretty cool.

    Usually what she would get on Mother’s Day is something we would put together during school and I would have to make sure I hid the card or the plant somewhere in my room where I knew she wouldn’t see it until Mother’s Day.

    If she had ever sneaked a peek at one of those gifts, she never told me.

  • Our Readers Write

    People should be held accountable for actions

    My daughter attends John Hardin High School and my son is about ready to enter high school. I was appalled when reading the article about the JHHS principal, but I was more disturbed at the formal statement released.To me, this downplayed the whole incident. I am also curious as to who drafted the statement and why the name of the person making the statement was not cited.

  • Our readers write

    I want to thank Commissioners Garry King, Bill Hayes, and Bill Brandenburg for removing the $12.5 million "placeholder" from the county's budget. They acted responsibly to not only serve all the county's citizens but to effectively use our financial resources. This issue has become so divisive that it should be put on hold. Perhaps in a few years and in a better economic climate the Commission as a whole can re-visit it.



    Betty Hilliard



  • "Still a lot of heartbreaking going on'

    This is hard for me because I do not like to call myself a victim. But I am a victim of drinking and driving.

    While my life has been very full and blessed, I am happy to say I have five wonderful children, an awesome husband and a happy life. But not a day goes by that I do not look in the mirror and see May 14, 1988 all over again.

    I have overcome obstacles that I never thought I would have done. Let me share a few.

  • Legislature must clear up classification mess

    ISSUE: City classification

    OUR VIEW: Clarification needed

    Among its pitiful list of failings this year, the Kentucky General Assembly left Frankfort last month without clarifying the state’s laissez faire city classification system, which has caused such an uproar the last year in Elizabethtown.