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Today's Opinions

  • June 24, 2014: Our Readers Write

    Support for judge-executive

    It doesn’t take much to feel discouraged when you listen to our national news programs. It seems that our White House has been the main source of failed policy, mismanagement, political corruption and a series of weak excuses that any thinking person would find hard to believeand it keeps on coming.

    Our own county government, led by Judge Harry Berry, is a breath of cool, fresh air.

  • Marking success by anniversaries

    KUDOS: Praising positives in our community

    Through a day-long schedule of special activities today at its Radcliff and Louisville campuses, McKendree University celebrates for decades of helping adult and nontraditional students in Kentucky further their education.

    Founded in Lebanon, Illinois, in 1828, then McKendree College had very humble beginnings in Hardin County.

    After starting up classes in Louisville in the late 1973, local classes began to be offered through the U.S. Army’s Elizabethtown recruiting station.

  • Sorting out what’s important on the porch out back

    At my house, there’s a back porch.

    Actually, you probably would call it a covered patio. Because I like to think of myself as a Southerner, it’s a porch to me.

    The neat slabs of concrete made from creek rocks have been behind the house since well before we moved in about eight years ago. It’s nothing new but I “discovered” it again last Wednesday night.

    Sometime around 10, the Schnauzer that shares our home wanted to visit the backyard. For some reason, I decided to walk out as well.

  • $3 million is a lot of money

    ISSUE: Elizabethtown’s tourism revenue
    OUR VIEW: Elected officials should have more say

    You may remember the headline: Restaurant, hotel taxes exceed $3 million.

    Now that’s a lot of money. And while it’s all taxes pulled from folks staying the night in local hotels or buying prepared meals at any restaurant, deli or hamburger stand in Elizabethtown, that big pot of tax revenue has little oversight from elected officials.

  • CASA issues appeal for folks who care about kids

    By Sylvia Griendling

    Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, CASA of the Heartland, recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Hardin County Family Court.

    The pre-service training is extensive and all encompassing — 30 hours of classroom and 10 hours of court observation. The next training class is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays July 14-25.

  • June 20, 2014: Our readers write

    Officers in war earned respect

    Being a Vietnam combat veteran, not an officer, I served 26 months in-country. I served 16 months in combat as a crew chief-door gunner with the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, Mad Dog Gunship Platoon, July 1969 to October 1970.

  • United Way's united effort

    ISSUE: United Way of Central Kentucky
    OUR VIEW: Focused approach will have an impact

    The regional challenge is sobering. Consider the statistics. Across the five-county area served by United Way of Central Kentucky, one in six individuals lives in poverty. For children, the ratio is even more problematic with one in four at or below the poverty level.

    According to United Way, that ratio equates to some 13,000 children who struggle with getting their basic needs met.

  • Another economic option

    ISSUE: North Hardin Economic Development Authority
    OUR VIEW: Looking at another option to explore

    It’s been recommended the North Hardin Economic Development Authority be dissolved. The recommendation came from the North Hardin Economic Development Authority and has been accepted by Radcliff city government.

    Funded by county and city government, the decision will save taxpayers a combined $50,000.