Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Officer's funeral a memorable show of respect

     Last week’s preparations for the funeral of Officer Mark Taulbee were amazing.  

  • LETTER: Officer's death wasn't thankless

     The death of Officer Mark Taulbee has been an eye-opener for this community. We always think of a tragedy happening to someone else.

    I am so proud of this community for coming together to show their respect and compassion for this family and his fellow officers. The outpouring of your presence and acts of kindness were overwhelming.

    Being a wife and mother of those in law enforcement made me realize maybe their job isn’t thankless. But why do we wait until a tragedy happens to say thank you or I appreciate your service?

  • LETTER: What's up with the buyer's premium?

     This past weekend I picked up a LaRue County Herald News as well as a Park City Daily News. My interest was to see what auctions were coming up.

    I found it interesting that the buyers in the LaRue County area were all being charged a straight 10 percent buyer’s premium on both real estate and personal property purchases at auction.

  • JUST ASK: Do fast food drive-thrus confuse you?

     Now that McDonalds has two ordering speakers, should you follow the directions painted on the drive-thru pavement then go to the available speaker or should you go around the cars in line to advance to the second ordering speaker?

  • LETTER: Lifeline available to low-income

     The continual innovation in the telecommunications industry creates numerous new options from which Kentucky consumers can choose to best stay connected.  Despite the myriad of telecommunication options available to Kentuckians, economic challenges may make it difficult for some to remain connected to family, emergency services, employers and healthcare providers. To help low-income Kentuckians stay connected, the Lifeline (not to be confused with a medical alert program with a similar name) program may help.

  • LETTER: Bicycle racks are helpful

     My thanks to the mayor for installing bicycle racks on Lincoln Square.

    This will allow bicyclists to secure their bikes while visiting or patronizing Hodgenville.

    Curtis O’Dell


  • JUST ASK: Did we really need new carpet?

     Why did the City purchase new carpet for the civic center when it is used mostly during the summer showing movies?


    The carpet in the Civic Center was decades old and “very stained,” according to City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    The building is rented out throughout the year to various groups and hosts dignitaries at times, including the governor.

    The carpet cost $7,000.


  • COLUMN: Stop your boasting - It's my turn

     One of my favorite stories is the one where my friend Mike announced that he had given up pride for Lent.

    He was so proud of his decision, couldn’t wait to start. Just knew he’d nail it.

    That was about seven or so years ago and we still laugh about it.