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Editorials

  • Chilling reminder about fire safety

    ISSUE: Prepardness at home
    OUR VIEW: Smoke detectors save lives

    When Houston “Butch” Beswick and Carol Crain went to sleep late Sunday night or early Monday, Jan. 16, it’s a good bet they didn’t think it would last forever.

    Early that morning, neighbors sounded the alarm that Beswick’s home was on fire. When firefighters arrived, the home was “fully involved.” All the highly trained volunteers could do was keep the flames from spreading to other properties.

  • Outlining skills needed by events coordinator

    ISSUE: Elizabethtown to hire events coordinator
    OUR VIEW: Qualified candidate must be a 'numbers' person.

    The city of Elizabethtown and Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau are working out details on a new partnership intended to fill a void left by the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce in running the Heartland Festival, Cruisin’ the Heartland and other events.

  • Early release from prison may be a necessary evil

    As Gov. Steve Beshear announced his budget plans last week, he described significant cuts which he acknowledged would reach into services that most Kentuckians consider vital.

    It appears we got a head start on the bad news Jan. 3, when the state released nearly 1,000 prisoners into various communities. While changes in the penal code last year led to the release, the Get Out of Jail Free cards will translate into savings of an estimated $40 million.

  • Redistricting process does not make a pretty picture

    ISSUE: Legislative redistricting
    OUR VIEW: Independent draft needed

    Having seen the process up close, first-term state Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, does not think legislators should be in charge of redrawing boundaries for House and Senate seats.

    He wants to see an independent process designed to best apportion the 100 House members and 38 senators among Kentucky’s population.

  • Much ado about waste

    ISSUE: Trash showdown possible
    OUR VIEW: Looking for compromise

    In considering an ordinance that strengthens language about the destination of trash and refuge created in Hardin County, Fiscal Court is protecting the financial integrity of the Pearl Hollow Landfill.

    It’s a business decision in essence.

  • Thurman’s death affects a community

    TOPIC: Death of Amber Thurman
    OUR VIEW: Her impact is long lasting

    The death of beloved Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Principal Amber Thurman sent shockwaves throughout the LaRue County school district.

    Her stunning death in an early morning car crash leaves a void in this tight-knit educational community where it is common for teachers at the various schools to know each other.

  • When private business and public interests collide, abstinence called for

    ISSUE: Council members interest in alcohol business
    OUR VIEW: Abstaining from votes is correct choice

  • PAWS Shelter Foundation moving forward

    ISSUE: Animal shelter plans progressing
    OUR VIEW: PAWS Foundation drives important initiative

    A vacant building on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown is expected someday to be the modern shelter animals lovers believe cats and dogs deserve.

    And when it does, we’ll have the PAWS Shelter Foundation to thank.

  • Congratulations on surpassing 2010 United Way fundraising

    ISSUE: United Way surpasses previous campaign giving total
    OUR VIEW: Time remains for everyone to get involved

  • Saying goodbye and thanks to Gatewood Galbraith

    ISSUE: The passing of a Kentucky original
    OUR VIEW: Remember his passion and caring 

    Saying Gatewood Galbraith was an interesting man is like saying if the economy were better more people would be employed. At an absolute minimum, Gatewood was interesting but he also was much more.