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Editorials

  • Open house opens hearts to police

    ISSUE: EPD's open house
    OUR VIEW: Outreach builds community

    Public relations sometimes can be as simple as opening the door.

  • Read carefully before reacting

    ISSUE: Toxins in Kentucky's air
    OUR VIEW: Issues are not so clear

    The headline was alarming and obvious: Kentucky is the worst state in the nation when it comes to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants, according to a report released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    Toxic air pollution is alarming and nothing sounds worse than “worst.”

    But before we react and demand action, read along and explore some of the details.

  • Forced to react to budget realities

    ISSUE: Health department cuts
    OUR VIEW: Service reductions are understandable

    Confronted with repeated budget cuts, many government agencies must consider belt-tightening measures.

    While it’s easy to call for efficiencies and fuss about perceived wastes, eventually cuts in funding equal reduction in services.

  • Griffith legacy lives on here, elsewhere

    TOPIC: Andy Griffith
    OUR VIEW: A lasting legacy

    An editorial cartoon in the Tulsa World depicting a young Opie Taylor walking to Myers Lake in Mayberry with his right hand covering his eyes and a fishing pole in his left hand pretty much says it all about the passing last month of Andy Griffith.

  • Americans take pride in athletes

    TOPIC: Olympic Games
    OUR VIEW: What's not to love?

    Why do you love the Olympic Games?

    Is it because, for many of these sports, we rarely see them on television aside from every four years?

    Admit it, you really don't see gymnastics on TV much and when you do, it certainly rarely is as captivating as it is when an Olympic medal is on the line if the gymnast can stick a landing.

  • Officials bow out of political kick off

    ISSUE: Fancy Farm
    OUR VIEW: There's value in tradition

    Each year, thousands flock to Graves County in Western Kentucky for the annual Fancy Farm picnic, where political speeches have been a centerpiece for years.

    The event, often called the most important political event in Kentucky, long has been the state’s kick off to the fall campaign season as elected officials take the stage to rile up an already-energetic crowd.

    This year, not so much.

  • Standing up for free expression

    Regardless of any impact on sales, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told a Christian media outlet he “supported the biblical definition of the family unit” and started a controversy that has yet to end.

    The U.S. Constitution protects our individual right to freedom of speech and also protects us from any government enacting laws that prohibit that right.

  • Seize the opportunities

    THE ISSUE: Back to School
    OUR VIEW: New year is a fresh start

    A box of perfectly pointed crayons, a pristine backpack, a clean locker, a hair cut and a carefully planned outfit laid out the night before. All these things are icons of a new school year.

    They are fresh, untarnished and full of promise. So is the school year itself.

    Today, thousands of students head back to class as Hardin County Schools open the 2012-13 school year. Elizabethtown Independent Schools resumed Tuesday.

  • Awash in excellence

    TOPIC: Good news abound
    OUR VIEW: We have plenty to celebrate

    Here’s what $57,000 can get you in the world of academics: A new engineering program at Elizabethtown High School.

    EHS recently announced Project Lead the Way engineering program will start this year thanks to a local industry. Metalsa of Elizabethtown is partnering with the school and providing $57,000 for supplies and equipment for the class.

  • Government center: Pin it down

    ISSUE: County budget

    OUR VIEW: Time to commit to a plan

    Judge-Executive Harry Berry was correct when he said state and federal governments could learn a few things about management of taxpayer money from local governments in Hardin County. The county, Elizabethtown and Radcliff each ended the year with surplus cash that has been added to various reserve accounts. All should be lauded for those results.