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Editorials

  • In recognition of excellence

    TOPIC: Excelling with mind and body
    OUR VIEW: Good work

    Students came from schools around the county with one mission: To correctly spell words.

    None of the 19 students did it any better recently than West Hardin Middle School seventh-grade student Dillon Brock, who managed to win the event by accurately spelling the word, Gestapo.

  • State retirement plan demonstrates little planning

    ISSUE: Kentucky's public pension system
    OUR VIEW: Without change, disaster is ahead

    One of the true perks associated with working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky is the retirement plan. It's also becoming one of the great threats regarding living in this state.

    It's alarming to see the state falling behind in its commitments to its workers and retirees as well as its unwillingness to address the issue.

  • Empty Bowls fills coffers

    ISSUE: Warm Blessings fundraiser
    OUR VIEW: Unique effort worth being annual

    Creativity and compassion combined recently at Warm Blessings’ Empty Bowls event.

    For a gift of $15, participants received a ceramic bowl, handmade by the organization’s volunteers, and a meal. It was a reminder that some people have empty bowls. Further, bowls made by community leaders were auctioned to raise more money.

    About 160 diners attended and the project has raised more than $12,000 with more donations expected.

  • Sexual abuse workshop opens path to healing

    The numbers are staggering: 1 of 6 women and 1 of 33 men in the U.S. have experienced an “attempted or completed rape” in their lifetime. About 1 in every 3 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. On U.S. campuses, 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted during their college experience. Almost 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

  • Filing for office requires serious commitment

    ISSUE: Candidates' efforts   
    OUR VIEW: Voters, opponents deserve serious campaigns

    Who’s running for office and who they hope to represent is murky at best and a filing deadline is a moving target as state lawmakers and judges work to finalize a redistricting plan.

    Still, it’s clear that at least in some races Democrats and Republicans will have choices in May’s primary election.

    Contested races are a benefit to voters and even candidates.

  • Honoring the past, financing the future

    ISSUE: E'town High basketball celebration
    OUR VIEW: Event offers more than memories

    The achievements of previous generations of Elizabethtown High School athletes were on display last week at T.K. Stone Middle School.

    Members of the 1971-72 Panther basketball team that was runner-up in the boys’ Sweet 16 were the guests of honor but dozens of former players were recognized.

  • New leader, new vision

    Asked about the biggest surprise so far in taking on the role of post commander at Fort Knox, Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald said there hadn’t been any surprises.

    That’s a sure sign of the right person, properly prepared, in the right job.

    A little later in the conversation, McDonald admitted the number of speaking requests he receives from local organizations has surprised him. That’s a sign of how much ownership this area feels about Fort Knox.

  • Taking the fight against obesity to school cafeterias

    ISSUE: Nutritious school meals
    OUR VIEW:
    (Vegetables + whole grains) – fat = healthier kids

    The school lunch tray is getting an update.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new rules for school lunches and breakfasts last month. It’s the first time in more than 15 years school meal standards have been raised, and kids will start seeing the menu changes this fall.

    This effort to improve child nutrition and fight childhood obesity is a step forward in a very serious fight.

  • EIS Community Nights provide forum for input

    ISSUE: EIS Community Night
    OUR VIEW: Vital information shared

    If the debut is any example, Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ new series of Community Night discussions hold great promise.

    The Community Night format is not another school social gathering or feel-good session. The Jan. 30 meeting offered a serious topic thoughtfully discussed with access to experts and fact-based information.

    That’s a formula for brainstorming and discovering a path to success.

  • Failure is not an option

    ISSUE: School budgets
    OUR VIEW: Solvable problems

    School districts, like businesses, are faced with doing more with less. But unlike businesses, they have little control over the revenue with which they have to work.

    Unlike businesses, school districts have no control over who they serve. Indeed, they often face federal mandates, many unfunded, about services they must provide and to whom.

    In Frankfort, legislators are wrestling with the next biennium budget. Already things look grim.