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Editorial: June 10, 2014

KUDOS: Praising positives in our community

The 12-hour Relay for Life events have become a major fundraising tool for the American Cancer Society in its efforts to focus continued energy, attention and dollars on research to battle various forms of this deadly disease.

Most every Kentucky county stages an annual Relay with two here in Hardin County. The most recent event last month in Radcliff demonstrated why these gatherings are much more than revenue tools.

Relays also serve as rallies to support the ill, celebrate the recovering and mourn the dead.

Consider this comment offered at the Radcliff Relay by Teresa Landherr: “I appreciate people a lot more. I appreciate things and people and when you realize that you might not ever see that again, you just want to take it all in.”

The 62-year-old, who has lived with breast cancer for almost seven years, reminds us all a positive perspective and value for life are part of the successful formula for life — and not just for those fighting a long-term disease.

The Relay for Life coordinators and teams at the Radcliff Relay deserve to be commended for their efforts in raising money but also in providing such an enriching atmosphere.

TORCH RUN. During the same week, a group of public servants conducted a relay of another sort.

Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and emergency service workers conducted the 13-mile Torch Run through Hardin County to celebrate and raise money for Special Olympics.

Joined by friends, family members and co-workers, the local run across Hardin County is part of an international effort that has raised a reported $461 million since its inception in 1981. But again, it’s the attitude and example of the participants that is so very impressive.

Consider this statement from Lt. Mac Slack of the Radcliff Police Department: “There’s no better feeling than to sacrifice and be able to give back a little bit to such a good cause.”

TRUCK DRIVER OF THE YEAR. To say Donald Travis is a safe driver is an understatement.

Travis, who is a trucker working for A&M Carriers LLC, is on the job 60 to 70 hours every week and drives between 450 and 600 miles a day. And he’s never had a wreck. Never. Not even when he was a 16-year-old with his first license.

After 26 years of driving, Travis has been named Kentucky Truck Driver of the Year by the Kentucky Motor Transportation Association.

The group honored the Eliza­bethtown resident largely because of his clean driving record. When choosing the winner for the award, KMTA considers crash history, traffic or speeding tickets and parking violations.

Travis, who began his career in trucking after leaving the U.S. Army, is one of hundreds of former soldiers to settle locally after leaving the military. His skills and service are deserving of praise.

This editorial represents a concensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.