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Opinion

  • Strumming a guitar, playing a keyboard and beating a drum all are beyond my capabilities. It’s a challenge just to tap my feet or clap in time.

    Despite being tone deaf and rhythmically challenged, somehow country music still speaks to me.

    It’s the words, of course. More specifically, the stories included with the tunes, that take hold.

  • ISSUE: Improvements to Interstate 65
    OUR VIEW:
    Public should push the idea

    From three county courthouses, judge-executives are calling for action to address Interstate 65 improvements as an urgent matter of public safety.

    Visitors, guests and passers-by decry the discomfort and potential hazard of being squeezed from six driving lanes to four along the 38-mile stretch from Park City to Elizabethtown.

  • ISSUE: The Elizabethtown Area Sacred Community Choir
    OUR VIEW: Choir offers entertainment and example

    The Elizabethtown Area Sacred Community Choir commemorated a milestone anniversary during its weekend performances. The group, about 40 singers, dancers and musicians from towns across the region, presented to the community its 10th anniversary performance.

  • The Issue: Pseudoephedrine bill
    Our view: Adding inconvenience, cost

  • The issue: Building a single benevolence group
    Our view: Consolidation makes sense

  • The issue: Proposed immigration bills

    Our view Neither closes door on lawful immigration

  • Trying to dowhat is right
    I’m trying to keep a clear conscious and do what is right with God, and America. This letter will be upsetting to some but facts are facts. There are groups who are working to destroy and distort moral values in America. The list is long but the most notable to me are as listed:
    1. Our Congress and our present president.
    2. The American Civil Liberties Union.
    3. Planned Parenthood which promotes abortions and is destroying the American family.

  • ISSUE: Cell phones in the classroom

    OUR VIEW: Moderation is encouraged

  • ISSUE: Advertising on school buses
    OUR VIEW: Careful thought must be given

    Make sure when you stop for the school bus that you take the time to read the message from a local retailer on the side of the vehicle. If you don’t, you could miss this week’s special.

  • Warning: The following may seem a bit geeky.

    Recently, I bought an $18 ticket and paid another $5 to park for the opportunity to sit in an oversized chair and stand on a lighted Plexiglas platform. It all was part of the Louisville Science Center’s History of the Future exhibit.

    The “history” is a tour through one of modern entertainment’s more influential creations: Star Trek.

  • No means no. Whether it is said to a toddler about to touch a hot stove or a teenager refusing advances on a date, the word has a simple and exact definition and should be respected.
    Parents lovingly tell children no from an early age to keep them safe and teach them right from wrong. Children learn to obey out of respect even if they do not agree or fully understand. Respectfully obeying authority is a foundation necessary for teenagers to learn healthy boundaries to internalize and later develop thier own understanding of right and wrong.

  • ISSUE: Growing pains of post realignment

    OUR VIEW: Community should act on study

  • The topic: Passing of Dottie Hansen
    Our view: 
    She was a beloved community icon

    All you have to know about the kind of person Dottie Hansen was is this: Often when there were people in need for food or shelter in the middle of the night, she would be called to offer help.

    She always answered and always helped.

    That’s just who the 91-year-old community icon was. Hansen died early Monday morning after a battle with cancer.

    She leaves a legacy of serving with many, many organizations.

  • “My friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything.” 

    These were the words of President-elect Abraham Lincoln upon leaving Springfield, Ill., for Washington, D.C. Since President Lincoln is Kentucky’s most famous son, I believe it’s only appropriate I adopt his words as I turn over the reins of the United States Army Recruiting Command to Maj. Gen. David Mann.

  • How do you summarize an emotion? How do you explain the pains of the heart? Words can be so inefficient.
    It’s a struggle familiar to anyone who has ever tried to write. On the eve of Valentine’s Day, everyone capable of holding a pen will suffer in search of just the right words to fill the space of a loved one’s card.
    But this column is not about hearts, romance, Cupid or romance. It does describe passion and love — a passion for excellence and love for co-workers.

  • The issue: Director of cultural diversity

    Our view: ECTC understands importance to community

  • ISSUE: Pensions for part-time legislators

    OUR VIEW: Worthwhile uphill battle 

  • Robert O. Skaggs, of Elizabethtown, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.
    Arrangements are incomplete at Brown Funeral Home.

  • On this weekend, it seems everyone is a football fan. The Super Bowl impacts our culture like no other single-day sporting event.
    I consider myself a serious, big-time NFL fan. While other sports, other activities and interests capture my off time now and then, nothing consistently holds my interest like the 32 teams that comprise the National Football League.
    Most folks who know that fact expect me to be excited about the Super Bowl. But I don’t look forward to the big game with awe.

  • ISSUE: High-tech additions
    OUR VIEW: New items are needed