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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Performing well on the farm, on the field and in business

    TOPIC: Area accomplishments
    OUR VIEW: Job well done

    Wednesday was the start of a big period in the lives of many area student-athletes in Hardin County and the country.

    It was national signing day for sports such as football, soccer, and track and field, meaning student-athletes could have fulfilled lifelong missions by signing a scholarship to not only continue playing a sport in college, but most importantly continue their educations.

  • I-65 widening has support of governor

    ISSUE: Interstate 65 improvements
    OUR VIEW: Governor deserves our thanks

    Kentucky's four-lane stretch of Interstate 65 — soon to only venture into Hardin, LaRue and Hart counties — has many local residents intimidated.

    The funnel effect of six lanes from Louisville south and six lanes from Tennessee north puts the squeeze on traffic and frightens many motorists. Repeatedly in 2011, bad things occurred on that stretch, including repeated fatalities in the Glendale area.

  • Celebrating a local Patriot

    Even the casual local fan watching Sunday’s Super Bowl pitting the New England Patriots against the New York Giants may have an increased interest in this year’s game: One of our own will share the field with the likes of Tom Brady and Eli Manning.

    Brandon Deaderick, a 2005 graduate of Elizabethtown High School, is a starting defensive lineman for the AFC champion Patriots and is very likely the first person from Hardin County ever to play in a Super Bowl.

  • Single ceremony marks three changes on post

    ISSUE: Changes in command and mission at Fort Knox
    OUR VIEW: More changes will come 

    Fort Knox continues to change in its long and important role played for our nation’s military. During a recent multi-purpose ceremony, the post saw one decade-long mission draw to a close as its colors were cased, the retirement of the post’s commanding officer and the transfer of authority to new commander.

  • Legislative boundaries devolve into legal fight

    ISSUE: Legislative lawsuit
    OUR VIEW: Court action is unsettling

    Barring a last-minute change in tactics, the dispute over legislative redistricting will move Monday from the Capitol’s corridors to a Franklin County courtroom.

  • Laurels for good news

    TOPIC: Good deeds abound
    OUR VIEW: County offers opportunitiesto applaud

    Students at T.K. Stone Middle School soon will have the opportunity to learn about engineering.

    The school district approved the Project Lead the Way program following a presentation by a representative of the University of Kentucky. The program is a series of engineering classes for middle or high school students. The program also is in place at Central Hardin and North Hardin high schools and J.T. Alton Middle School.

  • House Bill 30 would commercialize education

    ISSUE: Advertising on school buses
    OUR VIEW: Careful thought must be given

    In it’s infinite wisdom, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed House Bill 30 last week, which allows for commercial advertising on school buses.

    While the measure awaits action in the Senate, let’s consider a few words of concern.

    Just the thought of taking one of our last social icons, the yellow school bus, and turning it into a rolling billboard seems wrong.

  • 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.