• Back on the job

    ISSUE: Animal Control retiree rehired
    OUR VIEW: Decision makes sense on many levels

    When Gerald Foley retired last November after 29 years in government, including 25 years as the supervisor of Hardin County Animal Control, a celebration was held in his honor.

    The primary concern expressed that day: How could the county possibly find someone who matched Foley's talents, experience and demonstrated skills?

    Well, they did it.

  • An example for young and old

    TOPIC: Third-grader Rachel Ritchie's idea
    OUR VIEW: We need more kids and adults like her

    Rachel Ritchie may not be a household name around Hardin County. But maybe it should be.

  • Thanks to those helping others

    ISSUE: Seeing a need
    OUR VIEW: Hardin County responds

    When there’s an obvious need, Hardin Countians step forward.

    Take, for example, the community baby shower scheduled Wednesday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

  • Until state officials act, be careful on Interstate 65

    ISSUE: Recent crashes

    OUR VIEW: Wrecks often involve commercial vehicles

    It is one of Kentucky’s most heavily traveled and dangerous highways. The high speed commerce, commuting and casual vehicle traffic that circulates north and south along Interstate 65’s corridor on a daily basis regularly collides, and too often with violent and deadly results.

    So far, March has been yet another month where tragic crashes have caused serious injury and fatality on the stretch running through this region.

  • Take action to protect a child

    Most of us have held an infant in our arms, marveling at the grip of tiny fingers, feeling impossibly soft skin and inhaling that signature baby lotion smell. Give the parent of a grown child just a second and they can feel their little child, snuggled in the crook of their arm, all over again.

    Now, imagine such a child, too small to have talked, walked or even crawled, being hurt by an adult.

  • A House divided about its divisions

    ISSUE:House redistricting plan

    OUR VIEW:Independent thinking is needed

    The state House of Representatives’ redistricting plan is going nowhere.

    Like every law, it must be passed by both legislative chambers and the Senate will not take action on the House’s proposal, which is designed to balance population between districts in accordance with the 2010 census.

  • Marsee legacy is one of offering opportunity

    TOPIC: Death of Bill Marsee
    OUR VIEW: A community's loss

    Often, most of the work was done behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.

    That’s the way Bill Marsee was.

    In all of our communities, we have those such as Bill Marsee and his wife, Betty: the passionate few who work relentlessly, not for praise, but for the good of a cause that benefits others.

  • What we can do about sexual abuse

    ISSUE: Sexual Abuse Awareness Month
    OUR VIEW: Let's take a proactive role

    The first step in improvement is awareness and acknowledgment of a problem.

    In the case of sexual assault, many among us are guilty of overlooking or even denying its existence in our community. That needs to change.

    Sexual assault is a vicious, ugly violation the community actively works to stamp out, particularly where vulnerable children are involved.

  • The best is yet to come

    ISSUE: County government relocation
    OUR VIEW: It was inevitable

    If downtown Elizabethtown becomes more of a ghost town, it won’t be Fiscal Court’s fault.

    The recent decision to proceed with planning a government office complex on partially developed county-owned land off Ring Road has brought out critics, most of whom began voicing opposition when the subject was broached in 2007.

  • Government drops an F-bomb

    ISSUE: Furloughs for federal workers
    OUR VIEW: Long-term problems need long-term solutions

    Many private sector firms have swallowed furloughs to cut expenses. One of the benefits, some budget minders say, is spreading the burden across all employees and avoiding layoffs.

    The state followed suit in 2010, saving $24 million by furloughing employees for six days. Last year, Kentucky court workers were furloughed three days, saving $1.2 million.