Today's Opinions

  • Lincoln's lessons on civility and communication live

    As citizens of this great democracy, we have the right to openly express our political viewpoints and to freely share our ideological differences. When we exercise these rights in a thoughtful and respectful manner, we have the potential to foster greater good. Yet when we refuse to listen to opposing perspectives or when we treat each other with blatant disrespect, ill-will and mistrust are often the result.

  • Beauty is in the iris of the beholder

    I’ve just returned to work after taking a few weeks vacation. I needed some quiet time as the date Nov. 2 loomed. This was the one-year anniversary of the death of my 22-year-old son and if I could have crawled in a cave somewhere and avoided any pain associated with that date, that would have been fine with me.

    But that isn’t the way it works.

    If you try to hide from it, it waits for a chance to jump out and knock you down when you’re not expecting it.

  • Adoption awareness

    November is Adoption Awareness month. For over 20 years those involved with adoption have set this time aside to only honor those who have opened their hearts and homes to become “Forever Families” and to remind us that there are, at any given day, over a half million children across the United States in foster care and a high number of those children will not be able to return home. When that happens, these children become available for adoption.

  • Speak up for family caregivers

    I may be dating myself in age, but some of the earliest memories I have of Presidents and First Families were the Fords and Carters. It seems of the two, I especially recall President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn, and daughter Amy. I remember watching them on television, hearing his speeches and watching them as a family. Even back then President Carter and the First Lady seemed very genuine and humble.

  • Disabled Veterans say thanks

    On behalf of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 003 Elizabethtown, I extend my warmest thanks to the area businesses that allowed us to conduct our annual Forget-Me-Not fundraising drive at their businesses. Without the cooperation of the Elizabethtown and Radcliff Wal-Mart, Dolphin Drive Kroger, and the Ft. Knox Commissary, the DAV would not be able to help our local veterans and their families in their times of need.

  • Byway commands second glance

    Sincerity and enthusiasm are an irresistible combination.

    Standing in the entry lobby at the Lincoln Museum on Friday, a series of speakers celebrated the selection one week earlier of U.S. 31E and U.S. 150 from Hodgenville to Danville as a National Scenic Byway.

    The designation reaffirms our local heritage, including the connection to Abraham Lincoln. In fact, the selected section of roadway will be known as the Lincoln Heritage Highway.

  • A glimpse of things to come

    I called the health department to get swine flu shots for me and my husband. I am 68 and have COPD, asthma and diabetes. My husband is 78 and has COPD, a leaky heart valve and is on oxygen.

    They informed me we could not have a shot if we are over 65, even though I explained we are high risk.

    If you are an illegal alien, you can have the swine flu shots. I do believe my tax dollars are paying for these shots. I guess our government is hoping to get rid of all the older people in this country and take care of all of the people from other countries whether illegal or not.

  • Folks should pause for patriotic pride

    Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I. In 1954, the name Armistice was replaced with the word Veterans. Over the years politicians argued as to when it should be held until finally in 1968, President Gerald R. Ford singed a law to return the annual observance of Veterans Day to the original date of Nov. 11 beginning in 1978.

    If you have never had any military ties, it’s probably hard for you to understand the importance of honoring these men and women.