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Today's Opinions

  • Smells like spring in the country

     My daughter Amanda and the three granddaughters visited a couple of weeks ago.

    The sun was down, the moon was out and the stars were twinkling as she loaded Claire, Lucy and Jillian into the van. She commented on “how much brighter the stars seem in the country” as she was leaving.

    “They’re here every night,” I told her.

    As she drove toward the big city, she told the girls how much she missed the openness and the quiet of the country.

  • JUST ASK: How much did the Creek Front restrooms cost?

     How much did the restroom facility at Creek Front Park cost? Was the contract bid? What contractor was awarded the project?

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    The restroom facility was part of a matching grant program from the Department of Local Government. It cost $24,692 with the City of Hodgenville matching the grant with in-kind labor. The City acted as its own general contractor and purchased the construction materials, according to City Clerk/Treasurer MaDonna Hornback.

    Several local construction firms/workers were hired to do the work.

  • COLUMN: President should end spin-control culture

     When the Valley Journals of Riverton, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, wanted to know the time of the town’s 2012 Easter egg hunt, they couldn’t find out. The city barred the parks official from speaking to reporters without permission, and nothing, not even the Second Coming, would pry that information loose.

    What Valley Journals Managing Editor Linda Petersen experienced is unfortunately all too common – and becoming more so – in Utah, Washington, D.C., and other government shops across the country.

  • COLUMN: President should end spin-control culture

     When the Valley Journals of Riverton, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, wanted to know the time of the town’s 2012 Easter egg hunt, they couldn’t find out. The city barred the parks official from speaking to reporters without permission, and nothing, not even the Second Coming, would pry that information loose.

    What Valley Journals Managing Editor Linda Petersen experienced is unfortunately all too common – and becoming more so – in Utah, Washington, D.C., and other government shops across the country.

  • COLUMN: Sunshine Week

     March 16-22 is Sunshine Week nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate. Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.

    I care about Sunshine Week both as a citizen and as a former newspaper employee/publisher for 22 years. We relied heavily upon the State of New Mexico’s strong public records and opening meeting acts to help keep public officials accountable and public bodies honest.

  • Conway failed citizens by not appealing ruling

     In November 2004, Kentuckians overwhelmingly passed an amendment to Kentucky’s constitution that said marriage shall be between one man and one woman. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized, the constitution states.

    During that year, 13 states passed similar amendments. Many of these amendments were in large part because activist judges, mainly in the Northeast, were overriding the people’s will and allowing gay marriage in those states.

  • LETTER: Contact legislators about Bluegrass Pipeline

    LETTER: Contact legislators about Bluegrass Pipeline

    I am very concerned about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline that would transport natural gas liquids through Kentucky. NGLs are not the same as natural gas: they are highly flammable, hazardous liquids remaining after natural gas is extracted from the ground and include benzene, which causes cancer.

  • Honoring Elizabeth Bell: Worthy is She

    Worthy is She
    A poem written by Rev. Aaron L. Moss for Elizabeth Thurman Bell, Black History LaRue County Citizen of the Year.

    She is the worthy one, so wonderful, so gentle and free yet so strong that everyone who models her can do no wrong.
    She is a dependable source of comfort to know. A teacher, encourager but most of all, she is a God sent Mother who wants everyone to grow.
    She brings joy with purpose in mind and is living proof that love is kind.
    She covers everyone with her loving wings and lifts her soft voice to sing.