• A little help for our friends

    The issue: Sister city earthquake assistance
    Our view: Time to return the favor

    Sisterhood: It’s a special bond that can’t be broken, undone or denied. Sisters laugh together, cry together, give advice to one another and share a unique, timeless friendship.

    Most of all, sisters celebrate the good times together and support each other when life is difficult.

  • It's all in the head

    Earlier this month, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced that the number of traffic fatalities last year was at the lowest level since 1949.

    Other data released by the federal agency show the death rate has dropped 25 percent since 2005.

    The rate from 2009 to 2010 fell just 3 percent; but because drivers traveled 21 billion miles more last year, even 3 percent is astounding.

    These figures are not rates, but actual numbers, and they are staggering.

  • Similar, not equal

    The issue: Ron Ortiz returning to Central Hardin
    Our view:
    Law protects jobs of Reservists

    When announcing the posting of Ron Ortiz as principal of Brown Street Alternative Education Center, Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nanette Johnston said, “It all fit perfectly, honestly.”

    Ortiz said he looked forward to working with the staff and students at Brown Street. But considering the outcome of an investigation following a federal labor department complaint,

  • Every 'powerhouse' needs to have balance

    The concept of a “powerhouse entity” to coordinate all aspects of local economic and community development surfaced more than a year ago by way of the Hardin County Vision Project, a federally financed goal-setting survey of local leaders.

    Despite its ominous label, the concept basically is establishment of a one-stop clearinghouse for all things aimed at development.

  • Expectations are high for hometown returnee

    The issue: Heritage Council's new executive director 
    Our view: A big challenge welcomes Heath Seymour

    Monday was the first official day on the job for Heath Seymour as he stepped into the role of executive director of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council.

  • Uflex brings new jobs, increased opportunities

    The issue: Uflex announcement
    Our view: New plant may be first of many

    Kentucky is entering into a new arena of job growth and Elizabethtown has been chosen to lead the way.

    The announcement that Uflex Ltd. plans to build a new manufacturing facility to produce polyester film packaging products is good news for the local employment picture. It initially will mean a $90 million investment and 125 jobs by December 2012 with both figures doubling by 2015.

    And there’s much more to celebrate.

  • Note to Congress: Don't play with military pay

    The issue: Government shutdown
    Our view: Military pay should be off limits

    As a budget stalemate created the threat of a shutdown last week, the federal government’s overriding influence in modern American life became all too obvious.
    The conflict in Congress threatened home loans and education, health care and law enforcement, tourist attractions and most everything in between.

    The most startling aspect: A country at war would be unable to pay its fighting men and women.

    That is unacceptable.

  • Revisiting the Burke trial

    The issue: Fourth mistrial in Burke case
    Our view:
    Mistrial does not represent justice denied

    For the second time, jurors were unable to agree upon a verdict in the double murder case involving former U.S. Army Sgt. Brent Burke.

    As a result of the jury’s impasse following hours of deliberation, Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton was forced to declare a mistrial.
    This most recent mistrial is the fourth to occur in Burke’s ongoing high-profile case.

  • Free GED test offers valuable second chance

    ISSUE: GED is free through June 30
    OUR VIEW: Access opens doors to opportunities

    A good education is a vital foundation for a good life.

    Not everyone makes the most of their opportunities in school. For some who underestimated the value of education during their teen years, or who experienced circumstances that represented such difficulty that couldn’t be overcome at the time, life’s hard lessons often cause them to re-evaluate.

  • Capitol ideas

    Back in February, which was Black History Month, Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo suggested that a statue of Muhammad Ali would be a good addition to Capitol Rotunda.

    The Kentuckians already honored there are President Abraham Lincoln; Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy; Vice President Alban Barkley, statesman Henry Clay and Ephraim McDowell, a pioneering surgeon.