en General optimism <p> <strong>ISSUE:</strong> Predictions about Fort Knox&rsquo;s future<br /> <strong>OUR VIEW:</strong> Post commander offers optimism</p> <p> With a community reliant on Fort Knox as one of its economic engines, business leaders are pleased to welcome Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs&rsquo; optimistic outlook.</p> Government provides underpinning for innovation <p> Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it&rsquo;s down to $134 billion.</p> <p> People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud declines like that. I understand why: There are many reasons to reduce government spending.</p> <p> ut in this case they&rsquo;re wrong. We need to boost the government&rsquo;s investment in R&amp;D, not slash it.</p> <p> Let&rsquo;s begin with the federal government&rsquo;s record, which is nothing short of impressive.</p> Renewing the argument for a statewide smoke-free law <p> By Shawn Jones</p> <p> What will it take to reverse generations of damage from chronic exposure to secondhand smoke? For many years, Kentucky has had the dubious distinction of leading the nation in early death and disease from breathing in toxic tobacco smoke both voluntarily and involuntarily.</p> <p> I see the tragic results of our collective inaction in my practice as a physician every day. As a society we must act to address this issue, and we must do so for three reasons.</p> Getting in the faces of solicitors <p> <strong>ISSUE: </strong>Door-to-door solicitors<strong><br /> OUR VIEW: </strong>New EPD policy is right step</p> <p> Thanks go to Chief Tracy Schiller and the Elizabethtown Police Department for tightening policies regarding door-to-door solicitors.</p> <p> Yes, every once in awhile it is nice to have someone knock on your door and offer to vacuum your house. That is if you have enough strength to say no to the $1,000 vacuum cleaner they are trying to sell you.</p> Never outgrow the extraordinary story of Easter <p> Years ago when our son, Dave Jr., was about 7 or 8 years old, he awoke early one Easter morning before anyone but I was awake. He immediately began singing the chorus of the Don Francisco song, &ldquo;He&rsquo;s Alive.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;He&#39;s alive yes He&#39;s alive/Yes He&#39;s alive and I&#39;m forgiven,&rdquo; Dave sang as he hopped out of bed.</p> <p> At first, before I could understand what he was singing, I thought something was wrong. Maybe he was having a bad dream or was sick and crying for help.</p> <p> Nothing was wrong. In fact, everything was right.</p> Locked in conflict <p> ISSUE: Detention Center budget</p> <p> OUR VIEW: Destined for disagreement</p> <p> The situation was destined for trouble from the start.</p> <p> It doesn&rsquo;t matter who the personalities are, it&rsquo;s the jobs that were bound to conflict with one another sooner or later: judge-executive and jailer, both elected positions.</p> <p> County governments run jails and must pay for their operation. But as an elected official, the jailer has some degree of autonomy.</p> April 17, 2014: Our readers write <p> <strong>Columnist&rsquo;s view could be joke</strong><br /> Star Parker&rsquo;s recent column, &ldquo;Limiting campaign donations puts limits on ideas,&rdquo; could be published on as a joke.<br /> Parker is worried that limits on campaign donations will stifle the &ldquo;free flow of information and expression.&rdquo;</p> <p> <br /> According to Parker, &ldquo;Political markets are like other markets.&rdquo; Well, sure they are as long as politicians are for sale to the highest bidder.</p> April 16,2014: Our readers write <p> <strong>Tank dedicated to C.S. Spalding</strong><br /> Thank you to the Boy Scouts who painted the C.S. Spalding tank in the American Legion Park. Our father would have appreciated the Eagle Scout project since he was a Scout Leader for many years.<br />