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Editorials

  • Front-door escape met with unacceptable reaction

    Minimum security incarceration in Hardin County now comes with a free pass to the community. With minimum attention and minimum supervision, two inmates recently receive opportunities to roam freely throughout our communities.
    The reaction from jail leadership: “Unfortunately, there’s nothing to change.”

  • Front-loading education can address many ills

    ISSUE: Early childhood education
    OUR VIEW: Apply solutions on front end

    Young children have a high capacity for learning. Confronted with new discoveries daily, their minds act like sponges of information.

    But sometimes kids absorb the antics of SpongeBob SquarePants instead of educational building blocks such as reading and math. It's time to refocus.

    Get Ready!

  • Maintaining focus will advance fight against AIDS

    ISSUE: World AIDS Day
    OUR VIEW: Awareness helps beat the threat

    Since the AIDS epidemic began 30 years ago, advances have been made in the medical and awareness arenas, but the disease has an astounding global impact and often a stigma.

    In the United States, about 1.2 million people are living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in five of those don’t know they are infected. About 16,000 people with AIDS die each year.

    Last week, communities observed World AIDS Day.

  • Public scrunity needed to hold state accountable

    ISSUE: Opening family services records
    OUR VIEW: Only public scrutiny will ensure changes 

     

  • Postal efficiency also requires quality service

    ISSUE: U.S. Postal Service cuts
    OUR VIEW: Efficiency plan has bitter elements

    Efficiency is greatly treasured. Because vital business goals can be counted in terms of dollars, finding a more efficient means to operate is valuable and often the key to success, if not survival.

  • Three cheers for area accomplishments

    ISSUE: Big wins, big seasons, big results
    OUR VIEW: Local institutions reach for success

  • Time to stand up for learning

    ISSUE: Library funding
    OUR VIEW: Champion needed

  • Christmas events abundant in county

    TOPIC: Holiday happenings
    OUR VIEW: Christmas spirit alive and well

    Whether it’s a horse-drawn carriage ride on a chilly night, sitting on a sidewalk watching a Christmas parade down a city street, bidding on a cake or watching lights twinkle on a community Christmas tree, Hardin County has something for everyone this time of year.

    And the events are spread throughout the county. Rarely can you find a destination in the county and not see a holiday festivity of some sort.

  • Elizabethtown Sports Park begins to book events

    Recent news that the under construction Elizabethtown Sports Park is beginning to get a flow of traffic on its tournament calendar is refreshing.
    After all, one of the reasons to build the much-debated, $28 million multi-sports complex was to bring in out-of-town teams and generate additional revenue within the county for restaurants, hotels and businesses.

  • Redistricting does not have to be political toy

    Establishing legislative districts may seem as simple as drawing lines on a map. But like most tasks, the devil is in the detail.
    To establish fair and equal representation, the districts all must contain a reasonably similar number of residents. Every person is represented: Man, woman, child or infant — not just voters. The goal is set based on census results.
    So in addition to drawing lines, there’s math involved. The General Assembly has a breakdown of every voting precinct within every county to help balance the totals.