• Thanks for a thankless job

    ISSUE: Community Professional of the Year
    OUR VIEW: Offer congratulations to Rick Games

    Economic development and industrial recruiting can be a thankless job.

    New manufacturing announcements are not a daily occurrence. Unless your community is Utopia with zero unemployment and every person realizing their personal career objectives, someone always thinks the economic development efforts could be better.

  • Power of a penny

    ISSUE: Chamber supports local-option sales tax
    OUR VIEW: Study and research this revenue option

    Adding another penny to sales taxes could generate more than $6.15 million annually just in Hardin County.

    That number, which is based on 2011 collections estimates from the Kentucky Department of Revenue, actually could be higher. Many major retailers, such as Wal-Mart, write the state one cumulative check for sales tax at all its locations and do not break out the data by county.

  • Another strong statistical ranking

    THE ISSUE: No. 1 on military 'boom town’ list
    Thanks for the recognition

  • College lasts more than 4 years

    ISSUE: The four-year college degree


    OUR VIEW: Longer stay is not a sign of failure


    A report released last week provided the most in-depth look to date at how Kentucky’s high school graduates perform during their first year of college.

    The 2013 High School Feedback Report, a newly designed analysis based on actual college enrollments rather than student surveys, tracked the high school Class of 2011 through its first year of postsecondary education.

  • Education awards and good work

    TOPIC: Good work in our schools
    OUR VIEW: Teachers, students making it work

  • Giving opportunities abound in area

    TOPIC: Opportunity to give
    A chance to help always worthwhile

  • People make a difference

    Kudos: Praising positives in our community

    Governmental discussions frequently focus on quality-of-life issues and how to provide more and better opportunities.

    Time and time again, the answer can be found in the dedicated people who share this community. Going the extra mile for others continually produces quality events and opportunities.

  • Plagiarism and politics

    ISSUE: Rand Paul’s lack of attribution
    OUR VIEW: No, you can't be left alone

  • Reviewing the review panel

    ISSUE: Child fatality group requests state funding
    OUR VIEW: Money only part of needs to succeed

    It has been no easy first year for the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel. Tasked through a 2012 executive order by Gov. Steve Beshear, this 17-member panel is charged with making system improvement recommendations based on the review of case files of children killed or who nearly died as a result of abuse or neglect while in the state’s child protection system.

  • Project United's extreme impact

    TOPIC: United Way's building makeover
    Work of many benefits many

    It really doesn’t matter that nobody is outside of the building and screaming, “Move that bus.”

    The United Way of Central Kentucky’s Project United makeover is just as significant, and likely more, than what was accomplished for a number of years on the television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.