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Opinion

  • 1st Lt. Robert F. Welch III
    A Fort Knox soldier on his first combat tour in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, died April 3, 2011, from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his base with indirect fire.
    U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert F. Welch III, 26, of Denton, Texas, was an ordnance officer assigned to Company B, 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke.
    He was less than three years into his military career.

  • Coal is not Kentucky’s future
    It seems every level of state government is endorsing coal mining. Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell have spoken out against federal regulations imposed on the coal industry by the Environmental Protection Agency. Local leaders attended a FACES of Coal press conference Friday in Elizabethtown. Again the theme was that the EPA is endangering Kentucky’s future by requiring full compliance with federal law to obtain a permit to mine Appalachian coal. Here are the facts these coal advocates have avoided:

  • Meth puts Hardin County’s residents at risk
    Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous drug, yet there are some people in Hardin County who choose to forego the associated risks in order to not only utilize, but manufacture it as well.  Because of meth’s highly addictive nature, a single use can lead to dependence, as well as a blighted future attempting to obtain and manufacture enough to sustain the insatiable desire for the original euphoric sensation.

  • Intimidation tactics
    Recently you ran an opinion by The Washington Post about climate change researchers being harassed. I don’t know the truth of the piece, but I do know climate change skeptics are subjected to intimidation and/or disciplinary proceedings because of their views
    A Daily Kos contributing editor suggested that Steve Milloy of www.junkscience.com, commit suicide or be euthanized for the crime of opposing global warming alarmism. The posting was removed.

  • Trump should have been corrected

    While recently watching NBC’s “The Today Show,” an interview between anchor Meredith Vieira and Donald Trump was aired as a top attraction of the morning show.

  • An organization called Americans for Tax Reform compiled its top 10 list of little-known impact of the national health reform that is referred to in some circles as Obamacare.

    1. Did you know that since Jan. 1, you cannot use your flex-account at work (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) to purchase over-the-counter medicines?        

    2. Did you know that since July 1, Americans have been paying a 10 percent excise tax on all indoor tanning services?

  • No need for derogatory terms
    I have been a very loyal News-Enterprise subscriber and reader now for almost 10 years.
    It was bad of you to say city government was “spending money like a bunch of drunken sailors,” as quoted on the front page of a recent paper (After debate, council approves expanded role of Heritage director, March 8.) It is derogatory and very outdated. When people make ignorant statements like that, do you have to publish it?

  • 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.