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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Trying to stand without keystone

    ISSUE: Death of Bob Imel
    OUR VIEW: Foundations are hard to replace

    Bob Imel's life was one of serving and his impact in Hardin County has been felt for years and will be for many years to come.

    Imel died Dec. 30 in Bowling Green. He was 71.

    He was the first executive director of Hardin County Habitat for Humanity. He was part of the foundation for the organization that stands tall today in building and repairing homes in the area.

  • Proactive approach needed in alcohol policy

    ISSUE: Alcohol banned from public property
    OUR VIEW: Elizabethtown ordinance warrants review

    It’s been two years since the Elizabethtown City Council tabled its conversation about relaxing alcohol restrictions at Pritchard Community Center, leaving in place a full ban of alcohol on city-owned property.