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Editorials

  • It's an identity issue

    ISSUE: Hardin County United’s way forward
    OUR VIEW: Purpose, targets need clarification

    After the Hardin County community showed underwhelming interest in unified local government — failing to embrace the idea of exploring what that government might look like, even — it seems the volunteer group Hardin County United has lost steam.

  • Health care is a business

    ISSUE: HMH acquisitions
    OUR VIEW: Consider the motivations

    Hardin Memorial Health represents one of the region’s largest employers and there appears to be no end to that growth pattern.

    Most would say growth is a good thing, bigger is better. From the standpoint of HMH’s business interests, the recent focus on purchasing existing practices just makes sense.

  • Avoiding local 'landfill cliff'

    ISSUE: Compromise on county’s solid waste plan
    OUR VIEW:
    Berry and Duvall could provide model

    Compromise can be a difficult to achieve. Differing viewpoints and expected outcomes often create insurmountable hurdles that stand in the way of getting everything wanted by those on opposing sides of any issue. Like a brick wall separating one space from another, failure or refusal to communicate can only worsen the problem and push constructive progress further out of reach.

  • Three-times the cheer

    TOPIC: Cheers by three
    OUR VIEW: We believe in sports and Brooklyn

    College athletics has returned this school year to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Students at the college now are able to pursue some of their sports like soccer and basketball at the school.

  • Considering fairness

    ISSUE: Proposed fairness ordinance
    OUR VIEW: Proceed with care

    Everyone wants to be treated fairly. Every soul deserves fair treatment. It’s virtually unthinkable to take a stand against fairness.

    But deciding how to define fairness and how to defend it are more difficult.

  • Time to remove the blindfolds

    ISSUE: Child death review panel
    OUR VIEW:
    Toothless and blind

    Gov. Steve Beshear’s announcement in July that he would form a panel to review cases of child deaths and near-deaths handled by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department of Community Based Services was good news and offered hope that, at long last, the department would be thoroughly reviewed in a way that would restore public confidence in the DCBS and its staff.

  • New program bringing students back to college

    ISSUE: Targeting former students for degree completion
    OUR VIEW: ECTC program could bring many benefits

    More students are earning degrees at Kentucky colleges, but it’s not enough.

  • ACC an ideal move for U of L

    TOPIC: Conference shuffle
    OUR VIEW: ACC a good fit for U of L
     

    As dozens of schools went from one athletic conference to another over the last few years, the University of Louisville sat back, watched and waited.

    And now, U of L is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference — a huge upgrade in every sport from the crumbling Big East Conference.

  • Bright spots

    ISSUE: Accomplishments throughout county
    OUR VIEW:
    Kudos all around

    One of Hardin County’s most cherished Christmas traditions is on. Christmas in the Park at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown, open from 6 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 1, is a great opportunity for family time spent sharing holiday cheer.

    Driving through the park with the radio tuned to Christmas music, of course, the child in all of us is dazzled by more than million lights illuminating more than 100 displays.

  • State awaits ideas for tax reform

    ISSUE: Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform
    OUR VIEW: Time will tell if leadership is found

    If there’s a single issue on which lawmakers, business leaders and Kentucky taxpayers can agree, it’s the need for overhaul of the state’s tax code.