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Editorials

  • Until state officials act, be careful on Interstate 65

    ISSUE: Recent crashes

    OUR VIEW: Wrecks often involve commercial vehicles

    It is one of Kentucky’s most heavily traveled and dangerous highways. The high speed commerce, commuting and casual vehicle traffic that circulates north and south along Interstate 65’s corridor on a daily basis regularly collides, and too often with violent and deadly results.

    So far, March has been yet another month where tragic crashes have caused serious injury and fatality on the stretch running through this region.

  • Take action to protect a child

    Most of us have held an infant in our arms, marveling at the grip of tiny fingers, feeling impossibly soft skin and inhaling that signature baby lotion smell. Give the parent of a grown child just a second and they can feel their little child, snuggled in the crook of their arm, all over again.

    Now, imagine such a child, too small to have talked, walked or even crawled, being hurt by an adult.

  • A House divided about its divisions

    ISSUE:House redistricting plan

    OUR VIEW:Independent thinking is needed

    The state House of Representatives’ redistricting plan is going nowhere.

    Like every law, it must be passed by both legislative chambers and the Senate will not take action on the House’s proposal, which is designed to balance population between districts in accordance with the 2010 census.

  • Marsee legacy is one of offering opportunity

    TOPIC: Death of Bill Marsee
    OUR VIEW: A community's loss

    Often, most of the work was done behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.

    That’s the way Bill Marsee was.

    In all of our communities, we have those such as Bill Marsee and his wife, Betty: the passionate few who work relentlessly, not for praise, but for the good of a cause that benefits others.

  • What we can do about sexual abuse

    ISSUE: Sexual Abuse Awareness Month
    OUR VIEW: Let's take a proactive role

    The first step in improvement is awareness and acknowledgment of a problem.

    In the case of sexual assault, many among us are guilty of overlooking or even denying its existence in our community. That needs to change.

    Sexual assault is a vicious, ugly violation the community actively works to stamp out, particularly where vulnerable children are involved.

  • The best is yet to come

    ISSUE: County government relocation
    OUR VIEW: It was inevitable

    If downtown Elizabethtown becomes more of a ghost town, it won’t be Fiscal Court’s fault.

    The recent decision to proceed with planning a government office complex on partially developed county-owned land off Ring Road has brought out critics, most of whom began voicing opposition when the subject was broached in 2007.

  • Government drops an F-bomb

    ISSUE: Furloughs for federal workers
    OUR VIEW: Long-term problems need long-term solutions

    Many private sector firms have swallowed furloughs to cut expenses. One of the benefits, some budget minders say, is spreading the burden across all employees and avoiding layoffs.

    The state followed suit in 2010, saving $24 million by furloughing employees for six days. Last year, Kentucky court workers were furloughed three days, saving $1.2 million.

  • John Hardin getting used to success

    TOPIC: Bulldogs in Sweet 16
    OUR VIEW: Program has come a long way

    When the John Hardin High School boys' basketball team rolled to the 5th Region championship Saturday night at Hart County High School, it accomplished something most teams in the region have failed to do in the last decade: Defend the region title.

  • Hemp Bill takes a political ride

    ISSUE: Industrial hemp in Kentucky
    OUR VIEW:
    Hemp Bill political power play in Frankfort

    Much uncertainty surrounds the viability of industrial hemp as a commercial cash crop in Kentucky. One thing is certain, however. The bill intended to pave the way to reviving hemp growth in Kentucky — and whatever processing and manufacturing jobs might come with it — has been subjected to a roller-coaster of a political power struggle in Frankfort over the past several days.

  • Multitude of local events raise awareness, money

    TOPIC: Events raise more than money
    OUR VIEW: Always something valuable going on here

    There is plenty of diversity in Hardin County Schools and Friday’s fair at John Hardin High School by the district’s revamped Community Diversity Advisory Council was just another way to showcase it.

    Visitors were able to view clay animal statuettes, poetry, drawings and food from various cultures from around the world. The displays primarily were created by HCS students.