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Today's Opinions

  • 1914 fire reshaped Hodgenville

    I completely missed it.

    Last week, as I was doing a little research on the history of Hodgenville (remember, three years until the bicentennial), I came across a clipping of an event that occurred 100 years ago.

    A fire destroyed much of downtown Hodgenville on April 28, 1914. Twenty-six businesses in the northwest quadrant of Lincoln Square turned to ashes that night. The event put a damper on the City’s 100th year celebration.

    Most of the businesses that were rebuilt can be seen on the square today.

  • Guest editorial: Eminent domain battle

    Kentucky’s Rand Paul was one of only two Republicans in the Senate who voted to protect the property rights of those whose homes and farms lie in the path of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

    Paul supports the crude-oil pipeline but saw that something bigger is at stake when private companies claim the power to seize property that is not theirs. Paul might have been playing to his Tea Party base, but his vote kept the faith with rural Kentuckians across the political spectrum.

  • Hodgenville’s 200th anniversary is looming

    It has been seven years since the nation observed the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

    Local celebrations, which included the national kickoff in February 2008 and the release of a new Lincoln penny the following year, were squashed by ice storms. The weather was a disappointment, but the community – the birthplace of arguably the greatest American president – pulled together and put on a party for Abe.

    Another bicentennial is on the horizon.

  • JUST ASK: Why has the mayor not made an attempt to recover bond monies that is due to the City of Hodgenville?

    Generally speaking, a bond guarantees the honesty and faithful performance of a public official’s duties. Bonds protect the interest of taxpayers.

    The question revolves around the alleged wrongdoing by former city clerk/treasurer MaDonna Hornback. She has been indicted on 54 counts of abuse of public trust; and one count of theft by unlawful taking – but she is considered innocent unless or until proven guilty in a court of law.

    As city clerk/treasurer, Hornback was bonded.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Time to move Kentucky forward

    It’s time to move Kentucky forward. We are encouraged that two important leaders from both sides of the aisle, House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D) and Minority Leader Jeff Hoover (R) are doing just that though their leadership of a very important initiative to allow for greater control to be returned to local communities and citizens.

  • Maybe if they see it, something will change

    My name is Shianne Thompson and I am 12 years old.

    I live out in the country and every couple of weeks, me, my brother and mamaw or papaw go out and pick up cans on Edlin Hill in Roanoke. The last time me and my mamaw went out and picked up cans I asked her why people had to throw their trash out on our property. She told me just because they were too lazy to take it to the dump. The dump is five or six miles down the road.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Reconsider LIFT

  • ‘I have a dream’

    Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

    And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

    I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”