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Opinion

  • Finding a four-legged friend

    I very recently adopted a mixed breed dog from the Hardin County Animal Shelter. This has been one of the greatest moments of my life, besides getting married and having my child. Initially I went into the shelter one weekend, just to look around and visit the pets.

  • By Col. Bruce Jenkins

    An impactful man and a humble servant. That is how I will forever remember Tim Walker, the great mayor of Elizabethtown.

    He was a true friend of the military. In fact, hardly a week would go by without me seeing him because of his committed interest in strengthening partnerships between the Elizabethtown and Fort Knox communities.

  • Oath for judges

    I don’t know whether all judges are required to take an oath before taking office, but they should be. They should swear to faithfully execute the laws duly passed under the U.S. Constitution or under state or local constitutions where they reside. Use of any other law should be cause for removal from office, whether the law of some other country or U.N. law.

  • Put on your shoes

    Spring has returned and with it the increased possibility of severe storms.

    A couple of years ago, during a TV interview, a reporter asked an emergency room doctor what types of injuries he sees most often. The doctor looked in the camera, and raised his voice and said, “People, when bad weather is forecast, put on your shoes.”

  • At Radcliff’s request, the Kentucky League of Cities released an opinion this week arguing county government cannot take control of a first- or second-class city’s solid waste management system without the city’s consent, based on exemptions written into Kentucky State Law.

  •  Hidden taxation

  • My family recently celebrated a milestone shared by families throughout Hardin County and across Kentucky — my son graduated from high school. We enjoyed a formal dinner and dance, the graduation ceremony and a blow-out of a party with family and friends.

    As I told those gathered to rejoice on Caleb’s behalf, our celebration was not merely backward-looking as we reflect on 12 years of education and investment. It also was forward-looking as we count the blessings of opportunity that await him in the months and years to come.

  •  Radcliff shows its spirit

  •  Paying a fair share

    I have heard quite a bit lately from President Barack Obama and his supporting cast of shills attacking those who have been successful and claiming that they need to pay their fair share.”

  • Ted, white and blue
    I fully support Ted Nugent’s right to have made the comments he made to the National Rifleman’s Association and do not feel they in any way support the cancellation of his appearance at the Moral Welfare and Recreation concert in June. My view, as a retired U.S. Army veteran, a retired Army sergeant major, is one that the commander(s) who made the decision felt that because Nugent made these comments with foresight and malice toward their commander-in-chief that intent implied.

  • Re-electing Obama is in America’s best interest

  • The sky did not fall
    I saw comments about the “leadership” position taken by the mayor and city council in the paper Thursday concerning alcohol in city parks. It reminds me of the verse in the Bible that says if the blind lead the blind, they will both fall in the ditch. If you truly want to be leaders, you would stop futile attempts to legislate morality. I grew up in this town, and for years I wished alcohol would be legalized.

  • ISSUE: Alcohol at city-owned properties
    OUR VIEW: Elizabethtown's policy is proactive, balanced

    With increased interest in alcohol sales at city-owned property, the Elizabethtown City Council took up the issue, setting a new policy and taking a proactive approach to inevitable questions.

    The city approved limited alcohol availability at Pritchard Community Center and authorized the Historic State Theater and Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau boards to set policies for those facilities.

  • Here’s the thing about statistics. You can find one to support any point.
    It might be tempting to run with the numbers concerning driving under the influence arrests between Dec. 24 and Jan. 2 — the first holiday week after beer sales started in three Hardin County cities. We should tap the brakes on that idea.
    During that week, nine were arrested for DUI in Elizabethtown, five in Radcliff and one in Vine Grove. During the same period the prior year, seven were arrested for DUI in Elizabethtown, one in Radcliff and two in Vine Grove.

  • Governor without grit?
    Thanks to Marilyn Parker of Louisville for her letter to the editor titled “The Absentee Beshear” published in the Sept. 27 edition of The News-Enterprise. She firmly stated what I’m sure many thousands of Kentucky taxpayers are concerned about in regard to the governor and his very poor fiscal management of the state, his shifting of taxpayer money to balance the budget and his failure to address the state’s enormous debt caused by unfunded mandates promised to unions.

  • TERRIBLE TUESDAY

    911 was the call and the date,
    when so many lives met their fate.

    Who would have thought such a crime,
    could have happened here in our time?

    The world trade center hit by hijacked planes,
    and a part of the Pentagon zapped in vain.

    A downed plane headed by evil foes,
    averted targets by brave everyday heroes.

    Police and firefighters working around the clock,
    trying to rescue and help, dealing with shock.

  • Facebook reflections from readers on Hardin County Remembers 9/11.

    JESSICA MARCUM

  • Veterans are voters
    I’m a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. Recently, about 15 veterans attended one of Gov. Steve Beshear’s town hall meetings at the Knicely Center in Bowling Green. We sat together in the second row at the event, right behind the governor’s staff, who took up the first row. We all wore American Legion hats, so our status as veterans was very obvious to all, including the governor.

  • Support honest elections
    I am concerned that the secretary of state be committed to honest elections. That is why I am supporting Bill Johnson. I know Bill will not allow leftwing groups such as ACORN to corrupt elections with forged voter registration cards or by bringing felons, illegal immigrants or the dead to the polls.
    Can the same be said of Alison Lundergan Grimes?

  • These are the names of those who called Kentucky home and died in service in the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. Area service members’ names appear in bold type. Each listing includes the following information, in order: rank, name, age, hometown, service branch, unit, unit home, date of death and place of death.

    Iraq