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Editorials

  • General challenges community to grow

    Goals that are challenging are a vital part of organizational success. By the same token, an excessive or unreasonable goal can be a back breaker.

    It’s a delicate balance.

    During a recent speech at the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting, Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley offered bold remarks aimed at influencing the community’s progress.

    “Fort Knox presents you with an unbelievable opportunity to be realized, in my humble opinion, with what’s going on out there,” he said.

  • Tribute recognizes Arflin's contribution

    The topic: Tom Arflin
    Our view: He has led by example

    Much of Tom Arflin’s life has been spent on the fields of play in Radcliff as a leading and passionate advocate for youth football and baseball in the city.

    His recent afternoon of recognition was not only appropriate, but long overdue. The man has been the backbone of the North Hardin Youth Football League for years.

  • Y.E.S. direct mail effort aims to secure alcohol vote

    The issue: Y.E.S. direct mail effort
    Our view: Petition is about choice

    As the 180-day petition drive deadline draws near, Yes for Economic Success has added a new tactic to its strategy to get expanded alcohol sales on a special options election ballot this summer.

  • Army at 236: Healthy, ever changing force

    America's fighting force celebrates its 236th birthday today. In fact, the U.S. Army is older than the U.S. government, having been established by the Continental Congress more than a year before adopting the Declaration of Independence.

    Today also is Flag Day when the world's most recognizable symbol of freedom is celebrated.

    That seems an appropriate mix since the men and women of the Army and all branches of the U.S. fighting forces put their hearts and souls on the line to defend freedom and protect the flag.

  • New mayors produce their first budgets

    The issue: First-time efforts
    Our view: It's been a healthy process

    Since their victories in November, new mayors in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove have been on the learning curve.

    Each brought council experience to the new job, but it’s not the same as sitting in the big chair. Especially not during budget season.

    Mayors draft budgets. Council members challenge the draft versions.

  • Heartland again provides high-energy, fun weekend

    The 2011 Heartland Music Festival was a success for our community. Even with changes to the date and name and reworking the venue, it was a success.
    Hats off to the festival committee for doing an outstanding job in anticipating potential hurdles and handling issues in advance.
    Or as Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brad Richardson said at Monday’s meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council: “Everybody did their job and more. It was great.”

  • Showcased at the highest level

    TOPIC: Central State bound
    OUR VIEW: Baseball, softball teams have been dominant

    School is out for Central Hardin High School, but that is not stopping the baseball and softball programs at the school from representing their school, county and region at its highest level in Kentucky.

    Both teams are playing in the State Tournament.

  • Celebrating good news about Relay for Life gifts

    The issue: Relay for Life
    Our view: Another success fuels the fight

    Organizers, relay team captains and participants involved received terrific news last week when learning the donation goal had been surpassed for the 2011 Relay for Life fundraiser event in Elizabethtown.

  • A helping hand that needs help

    To donate to the American Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org

    TOPIC: American Red Cross
    OUR VIEW: Time to help here at home

    In Alabama, a wave of tornadoes ripped through town after town, scattering everything in their path.
    Along the Mississippi River, heavy and relentless downpours left the river swollen and unable to handle the massive amount of rainfall, sending overflowing water into towns.
    In Joplin, Mo., building after building was shredded by a devastating tornado, leveling homes, businesses and schools.

  • Graduation: One of life's most significant transitions

    As the Class of 2011 takes its first steps into a new world of challenges, congratulations are in order.

    For the graduates, it seems like a relief. The hours of classroom study, homework and research are in the past. No more tests, no more term papers and no more textbooks.

    But the true tests and the real work lies ahead.

    Consider this: Thirteen years ago when most of this year’s high school graduates were anticipating their first tentative steps into kindergarten, other hopeful young people were celebrating graduation.