• Did we learn nothing from tragedy?

    Wednesday morning I had the opportunity to see Harold “Bubba” Dennis on Montel Williams’ show talking about his experience during the fatal Carrollton bus crash 20 years ago this month.

    Since I grew up here I remembered how hard this drinking-and-driving crash struck our community. That same crash is the worst drunken driving accident in U.S. history.

  • 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 an uproar the last year in Elizabethtown.

    The House, at the urging of Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, unanimously approved a resolution to create a task force of lawmakers, residents and municipal officials to study the controversy. But Senate Republicans weren’t interested in taking up such a taxing issue.

  • Think about the future

    In the April 13 edition of The News-Enterprise, there was an article titled, “Yarmuth blames Iraq for economy.” I think that statement is only partially correct and I can agree in a limited way with his statement.

  • 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.”

  • “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

    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.

  •  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.

  • 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.

  • 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



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ISSUE: Kentucky primary election

    OUR VIEW: Political spotlight shifts 

    Finally, after patiently enduring four and a half months of presidential debates, analyses, and hyperbolic, Armageddon-like headlines before and after endless primary elections and caucuses, Kentucky voters, at least Democrats, get to have their say.

    This time, for a change, the rest of the nation is likely to pay some attention to the late-in-the-political-season state primary election.

  • "Keeping your eye on the ball"

    It is quite disturbing that the lack of proper focus in today's politics has reached a local level.

    In the April 30 The News-Enterprise there was an article about the proposed $12 to $13 million for a new government building. Recently, Elizabethtown created a new tax to fund a sports complex spending mllions of dollars.

  • Stop the blame game

    I read an article where U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said Democrats had blocked all efforts to open up domestic opportunities to help with the oil/gas problem.Well, here we go with the blame game. I, for one, am not interested in who hit whom and who did not. This problem just didn’t happen and it is the fault of our leaders.

  • The way things work

    In a May 1 letter to the editor, Mr. Ralph Leach stated the following: “Consider the vast amount of imports we consume even to the point that the Air Force is buying its new refueling tankers from Europe.”

  • Tax would go

    May I congratulate you and your staff on the accuracy of the facts in the subject editorial that appeared Friday in The News-Enterprise on (“Legislature must clear up classification mess”). The editorial gives praise where praise is due and blame where blame is due.

    However, the conclusion in the last paragraph is flawed. The editorial concludes; “Whatever happens, even if Elizabethtown ends up in its rightful class, the transition is not likely to affect the city’s restaurant tax.”

  • May 4 editorial: Ignorance is bliss ... and can be deadly

    As often is the case, modern science has surpassed the laws that regulate it, genetic testing being a case in point. Because legislation follows breakthroughs, what should have provided an opportunity to prevent illnesses or to prepare for their onset instead became an incentive to bury one’s head in the sand.