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Editorials

  • Airport board coming with major request

    ISSUE: Commuter air service guarantee
    OUR VIEW: Local government should not pay

    Based on four reported visits by airline carriers, the bold predictions from February 2010 offered a promise of commuter air service flying out of Elizabethtown just around the bend.

    In October, the statement made before a joint meeting of Elizabethtown City Council and the airport board was even more certain. The airport’s consultant said a deal would be done by the end of 2011, if not sooner.

  • Goodbye, Mrs. Booker

    ISSUE: Passing of Kathleen Booker
    OUR VIEW: Her contributions will be missed

    For more than four decades, she chronicled the comings and goings of her neighbors and friends. She described unique community happenings and ordinary, everyday circumstances.

  • Thanks for staging fun for community

    ISSUE: Kudos to fun festivals
    OUR VIEW: Cherish the times

    As the dry, hot summer gives way to a reasonable if not mild August, weekends are dominated by community events.

    Three recent celebrations illustrated some of our community’s best attributes and their organizers deserve accolades.

  • Keep response in perspective

    When an unidentified patient shot and killed himself Aug. 7 at Hardin Memorial Hospital, staff members reacted admirably, a hospital official said.

    Just as they might have trained for a tornado or earthquake, staff members have been trained on protocol for a shooting for about a year.

    When shots were fired in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on the second floor, the staff went into emergency mode.

  • 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.