• Oh, the irony of it all

    ISSUE: Supreme Court ruling on ‘Obamacare’
    Decision had something for everyone

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was, in a word, ironic. Moreover, it provides the Obama administration, his Oval Office challenger Mitt Romney, and congressional politicians on both sides of the aisle what they wanted — at least for now.

    First, the irony of the court’s ruling.

  • Good deeds

     Cooling off in a warm-hearted way. Last week, several local officials took to the Colvin Community Center Pool in Radcliff to raise money for the Radcliff Elementary Memorial Playground, being built in honor of Isaiah Alonso, a 6-year-old student who died of cancer two years ago.

    The event was a festive one, as music played and grown men and women dove fully clothed — some in suits, one in fire department gear — into the pool.

  • A vital health issue in decline


    First, the positives.

    The health of Hardin County children is improving overall. That statement is based on 2012 data compiled by Kentucky Youth Advocates in its latest Kids Count report.

    The specifics about Hardin County show several areas of significant improvement:

  • 'We hold these truths to be self-evident'
    • Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. — Henry Steele Commager
    • This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. — Lyndon B. Johnson
    • We sleep peacefully at night, cradled by the big, strong hands of America. — Val Saintsbury
  • Begin a holiday tradition by visiting new memorial site

    Memorials are essential to the preservation of a shared memory.

    No American adult alive on Sept. 11, 2001, is likely to forget the world-shattering events of that day. More than a decade removed from the terrorist attacks that griped the country, it’s sometimes difficult to tap the same range of emotions: uncertainty, fear and outrage were chief among our reactions.

    Using civilian aircraft in that heinous manner shattered our sense of security but it also unified the national resolve and refocused millions on the priorities of faith and family.

  • Drought makes personal fireworks too risky

    ISSUE: Personal fireworks
    OUR VIEW: Hold your fire

    Weeks without a good rain and days of 100-plus temperatures have left Hardin County parched and, as of Friday, burn bans had been enacted throughout Hardin County.

    Regardless of the approaching holiday, it’s just not the time to light fireworks.

  • Select Preps recognizes more than athletic success

    TOPIC: Select Preps
    OUR VIEW: Best in community, classroom and on the field

    If you are a high school sports fan, you may know about the player who throws for the most touchdowns, runs for the most yards, scores the most points, hits the most home runs and scores the most goals.

  • Not too young to help, inspire

    ISSUE: Young volunteers
    OUR VIEW: Commend compassionate youth

    Clearing a table at a soup kitchen, boxing free food for the poor, reading a book or playing a game with an underprivileged child, helping a senior citizen with yard work. These acts of kindness happen every day.

    Charitable organizations and charitable people in the Hardin County area fill so many needs and there seems no shortage of groups and individuals who inspire us to do better for others.

  • Raise a collective voice against criminal acts

    ISSUE: Startling criminal acts
    OUR VIEW: Community should express outrage

    It’s nice to think of our area as Kentucky’s Heartland — a collection of friends living in idyllic communities surrounded by pastoral settings, complemented by an often-envied highway network and ample employment opportunities.

    It is all of that. But police reports often jar us into a broader understanding of reality.

    Consider these recent acts:

  • Ky. 313 expansion is 'ribbon to future'

    ISSUE: New sections of Ky. 313 now open 
    OUR VIEW: Providing convenience and safety

    When it comes to highway travel, what is the best way to get from Point A to Point B? For starters, how about getting to the destination quickly and safely?