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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Blame for shooting rests in heart of gunman

    ISSUE: The Colorado cinema shootings
    OUR VIEW: Accusatory fingers should point only at gunman 

    The killing and maiming of individuals attending a midnight motion picture premiere in Aurora, Colo., is without question an unspeakable act of raw violence.

  • Car show enjoys smooth transition

    ISSUE: Cruisin' with city government
    OUR VIEW: A successful transition

    If the third annual Cruisin’ the Heartland was a preview of how Elizabethtown and new Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn handle an event of this size, then we are in good hands.

    Vaughn and her team of volunteers did a good job orchestrating the event and even ordered up some perfect weather.

  • Panel to review chief applicants

    ISSUE: Vine Grove's search for police chief
    OUR VIEW: Proffitt's approach has merit

  • Spreading the praise

    ISSUE: Recognition for achievements
    OUR VIEW: Honoring leaders of tomorrow and today

    It's time once again to offer praise where praise is due.

    That starts with local young people who excelled at Boys State and Girls State. Sponsored by the American Legion, the programs mimic the operations of state government and provide first-hand learning experience for teenagers.

  • Toothless review will add no impact

    ISSUE: Governor's child case review panel
    OUR VIEW: Not independent, not empowered

    By executive order, Gov. Steve Beshear recently created a panel to review child fatality and near fatality cases.

    The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel is described as “independent” and “multi-disciplinary.”

  • Port's legacy reflective of many family stories

    ISSUE: Port’s Legacy event
    OUR VIEW: Relating to a father-son relationship

    In a transparent way, Dr. Doug Wheeler shared with an audience at Historic State Theater last weekend his relationship with his father, the late Port Wheeler. Both humorous and tearful at points, but thought-proving throughout, it was a powerful presentation.

  • Regulated revival

    ISSUE: Elizabethtown Historic Preservation Commission
    OUR VIEW: Move forward, but carefully

    For years, Elizabethtown officials and residents have been working to revive the city’s downtown. A long list of initiatives have included events to drive foot traffic to downtown shops and removing parking meters to increase convenience.

    While acknowledging streetscaping and beautification projects, much of it comes down to appearances.