• Another black eye for pro baseball

    TOPIC: Baseball's crackdown on drugs
    OUR VIEW: Disappointing that game is hit hard again

    Baseball has been facing a 110 mile per hour fastball the last several months and has struck out — again.

    Coming as part of the scandal involving Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs, Monday's announcement that 13 players were suspended delivered yet another black eye to a sport that has been pummeled over the years.

  • Walk a mile

    ISSUE: Learning from life experiences
    OUR VIEW: Local activities have great value

    Never discount the value of learning through research and study. Education opens our eyes to the world around us.

    But there’s also much to be said for the unique insight gained through life experiences. True empathy and understanding comes from walking in another person’s shoes.

  • Acts of kindness come in all shapes and sizes

    ISSUE: Community service champs
    Thankfully, they’re everywhere

    The selfless work of John Hardin High School FFA members over the past year lifted up chapter advisor and agriculture teacher Jeremy Hall. The Kentucky Association of Career and Technical Educators named Hall Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Community Service.

  • Fiscally fine

    Topic: County budget success

    Our View:Fiscal management shines through

    It is quite a winning streak Judge-Executive Harry Berry and Hardin County government employees are on when it comes to succeeding in the game of fiscal responsibility.

    The county ended the recently completed fiscal year with $438,094 more in revenue than expenses.

    So for the ninth straight year, county government managed not to need to dip into its cash reserves to make the numbers work and meet the needs of its residents.

  • Congress to the rescue

    ISSUE: Student loan rates

    OUR VIEW: Done deal

  • Don’t get munched by miniature monsters

    ISSUE: Bed bugs in local lodgings
    Confirmed complaints are cause for caution

    Their scientific name, Cimex lectularius, may not trigger much of a reaction among most. But the mere mention of the tiny parasite’s common name, bed bugs, certainly can make your skin crawl. And if you happen to be unfortunate enough to cross paths with these little blood-suckers, a potential infestation of your home is certainly cause for concern.

  • Event manages to overcome conditions

    ISSUE: Cruisin’ the Heartland
    OUR VIEW: A successful transition

    Greeted by gray skies full of clouds that delivered some off-and-on showers, Saturday did not offer conditions typically conducive for pulling a classic car out of the garage. While this year’s version of Cruisin’ the Heartland did not enjoy the perfect weather of 2012, spirits of the participants were not dampened.

  • Guthrie challenges Duke deactivation

    ISSUE: Political motivations questioned
    OUR VIEW: Downsizing should be justified

  • Be aware of special summer health issues

    ISSUE: Heat safety
    OUR VIEW: Heat illness is 100 percent preventable

    After a pleasant, fall-like Wednesday, it’s possible to forget that this is mid-July and August is coming. After last week’s steaming conditions, Mother Nature has delivered some welcomed relief locally.

    But don’t be fooled. Summer in the Ohio Valley will bring more vicious humidity and sweltering conditions.

  • Possible changes for hazardous duty pay

    Recent news reports said the Pentagon is considering cutting hazardous duty pay for military personnel deployed to some 18 locations and five waterways.

    That’s the good news and the bad news.

    Members of the armed forces receive $7.50 a day — up to $225 a month — when they are deployed to duty in specific places considered more dangerous than others. Hostile fire pay is something entirely different and troops cannot draw both benefits in the same month.