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Editorials

  • HCS considers drug and alcohol policy change

    ISSUE: Hardin County School drug and alcohol policy change
    OUR VIEW: Shortened suspensions benefit students, schools

    In June, the Hardin County Schools Board of Education is expected to revisit possible changes to the district’s drug and alcohol policy.

    District officials want to shorten suspensions of first offenders who possess, use or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or a school event, intending for students to spend more time in the classroom.

  • U.S. forces leave Iraqis to settle many questions

    ISSUE: End of the war in Iraq.
    OUR VIEW: Accomplishing what we were asked to do 

  • Change your ways: Help bell ringers

    As the final shopping days of Christmas approach, so does the deadline for helping children and families in need with the annual Salvation Army bell ringer program.
    Throughout Elizabethtown and Radcliff since last month, volunteers at times have stood in the cold, wind and rain, and rang a bell for hours, hoping those who pass by will offer up some change or a few dollars.

  • Law needs to clearly ban teacher-student sex

    ISSUE: Sexual contact between teachers and students
    OUR VIEW: Law should clearly call it sexual abuse

  • Federal government needs to apply REINS

    ISSUE: Federal regulatory agencies
    OUR VIEW: System should include Congress

    Two Kentucky legislators are at the forefront of Congressional action designed to rein in the federal government and reaffirm the time-honored system of checks and balances that made the nation great.

  • Alcohol ordinances put cities to test

    ISSUE: Local alcohol regulations
    OUR VIEW: Cities have been busy

    When local voters decided in October to relax alcohol sales in Hardin County's three largest cities, the work of getting it done came to rest with the city governments.

    The question on the ballot was quite simple: Do you favor the sale of alcoholic beverages? As usual, the process of implementation is not at all simple.

  • Acknowledging a woman who recognizes others

    ISSUE: Donna Betson and Wreaths Across America
    OUR VIEW: Well-deserved recognition of volunteer and leader

    Morrill Worcester’s name may not be familiar to many Hardin Countians, but Donna Betson’s should be. Although they likely never met one another in person, there is an important connection these two incredibly giving people have with one another. And the beneficiaries of their connection are the soldiers and families their collective work memorializes through the Wreaths Across America organization.

  • 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.