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Today's Opinions

  • Do you remember ‘Fat Man and Little Boy?’

    Have you ever heard of Fat Man and Little Boy?

    They were the names of two atomic bombs. The A bomb was created by the American military and dropped on two Japanese cities. Its effects shocked the world.

    Robert Oppenheimer led the creation of the atomic bomb in 1942 under the Manhattan Project. It was created and tested in 1945, 230 miles south of Los Alamos in the New Mexico Desert.

    Three weeks after its creation, two atom bombs were used on Japan.

  • Laptop initiative will balance learning opportunities

    The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce stepped forward Monday with public support of LaRue County Schools’ proposed laptop initiative. The school system has set aside $1 million to provide computers for high school students.

    The laptops will be on loan and will incur a rental fee similar to the textbook fee. But it is a small price to pay for providing what amounts to 21st century paper and pencils for students. Expensive paper and pencils at that – laptops cost about $700 each – but just as necessary to education.

  • RUS? Laptop initiative is a gr8 idea for students, teachers

    While covering the LaRue County School Board meetings over the last several months, I kept hearing about this “laptop initiative” where high school students will be given laptop computers to use during class and to take home with them.

    Then at last week’s board meeting, I sat through the full presentation of the initiative, heard comments from students, parents, teachers and community members, and finally got to see the full impact this program could make on the students and our community.

  • The Wall came down - one block at a time

    A lot of people may not know about the Berlin Wall and how it has impacted so many people.

    The Berlin Wall was built to separate East and West Berlin. Life was better in West Berlin. The East Berliners were migrating to West Berlin because of the freedoms that were there. The Soviet Government built the wall so that East Berliners couldn’t go into West Berlin. Still, more than 2.6 million people escaped East Berlin to go to West Berlin.

  • Canter's 400th win a testament to team toughness and heart

    Wednesday was the last dual of the season for the LaRue County wrestling team. They earned an easy win, crushing Oldham County, 58-7.

    But this night, it wasn’t about the team, but about the coach. Heading into the evening, head coach Gary Canter had 399 wins. One more would give him a milestone that very few in the country, let alone the state ever reach – 400 career wins.

  • Community will not forget the sacrifice of one young marine

    When the casket of Lance Cpl. Matthias Hanson made its way through his hometown, hundreds of people were waiting to honor him.

    His friends and neighbors, veterans and complete strangers wanted to pay their respects to a young marine who had made the ultimate sacrifice. He was hit by enemy fire in Afghanistan Feb. 21 and died before he could be airlifted to a military medical facility.

    The 20-year-old died while fulfilling a lifelong dream – that of serving his country.

  • If money buys 'free' speech, how will poor ever be heard?

    At this point I have been involved in helping promote active citizenship for 33 years. I place great value on our United States representative democracy and the responsibility of each of us to keep this gift strong.

  • Red Cross says thanks

    Thank you to the 13 individuals who braved the weather to donate blood Feb. 9 at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club. The snow caused some problems and early closure.

    Many thanks to the volunteers who worked – Cecil Druen, Opal Dail and Diane Rock.

    The community blood drive returns April 13.

    Faye Puyear

    Volunteer Coordinator