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Editorials

  • E’town voters would benefit from primary
  • National arrest data should be alarming

    ISSUE: Young men often have arrest records
    OUR VIEW: Looking for a better way forward

    While it must have been a unique task for a police officer to arrest the most recognizable teen in North America, Justin Beiber — who police say was speeding in a Lamborghini and failed field sobriety tests — taking in a 19-year-old is all too common, a new study indicates.

  • Dealing with debt at HMH

    ISSUE: Hospital bad debt, charity care grows
    OUR VIEW: Understanding is not fixing the issue

    The service has been provided. The bill has been sent. The payment is due. Then overdue. And, eventually, past due.

    Anyone in a service business has seen that happen. But few businesses sustain $25 million in bad debt.

    Hardin Memorial Hospital is experiencing ballooning bad debt, which is a byproduct, in part, of changing insurance practices.

  • Life cut short

    ISSUE: The death of David Vittitoe
    OUR VIEW: His final act of kindness will live on

  • Guthrie provides apt recognition

    TOPIC: Nine medals for U.S. Marine veteran
    OUR VIEW:
    Only he knows the true significance

  • Via Colori worth saving

    The canvas has been the streets of Elizabethtown since Via Colori arrived in 2010 to showcase the talents of artists of every skill level.

    Every year a range of artists from all sorts of backgrounds participate. It has been a time of expression and a time to fill downtown as so many have called for over the years.

    The decision to cancel the event last month by the event’s sponsor, the Advocacy & Support Center’s board, is disappointing. 

  • Making a difference in education, nature

    KUDOS: Praising positives in our community

    Getting off to a good start is critical in many endeavors. Foremost on that list is education.

    Children who start well typically have better long-term outcomes. They feel better about school and in turn do better.

  • Change in Army care is good for Fort Knox

    ISSUE: Two Community Care Units comings

    OUR VIEW: Army transition meets revised needs

    As the war in Afghanistan draws to a close, the numbers of wounded and ill among our nation’s war fighters has declined. With this reduction, the population of soldiers being treated in the Army’s Warrior Transition Units had fallen from a high of 12,551 in 2008 to 7,070 earlier this month – the lowest since the units were established in 2007.

  • Congress should restore vets' pay

    ISSUE: Reduction in pay increases for veterans
    OUR VIEW: Efforts under way to restore benefits

    Even if cuts to cost-of-living increases for some military veterans are repealed, the damage already is done, and we’re not talking about money.

    The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that Congress approved and the president signed included a 1 percent “cut” to future cost of living adjustments to retirement pay for military veterans’ younger than 62.

  • Health risks of e-cigs still hazy

    ISSUE: E-cigarette use in public places
    OUR VIEW: Expanded smoking bans would cut confusion

    In many cities across Kentucky, including Elizabethtown and Radcliff, smokers have been stepping outside public buildings to light up for years.

    But in recent years, vapers have been popping up and puffing away in restaurants, workplaces and other public areas.