Today's Opinions

  • Take action to protect a child

    Most of us have held an infant in our arms, marveling at the grip of tiny fingers, feeling impossibly soft skin and inhaling that signature baby lotion smell. Give the parent of a grown child just a second and they can feel their little child, snuggled in the crook of their arm, all over again.

    Now, imagine such a child, too small to have talked, walked or even crawled, being hurt by an adult.

  • Sunshine week: Media and public both have roles in oversight

    The caller on the other end of the phone line was near exasperation. He had been given the run-around by government officials, the very people he put in office to represent him, and his quest for answers was met time and again with roadblocks.

    I don’t recall the specifics of the man’s concern, or the public officials he was trying to spur to action in a cause he passionately believed in from the conversation years ago. But one thing he said has stuck with me, and it is something I go back to time and again whenever someone calls with similar concerns.

  • A House divided about its divisions

    ISSUE:House redistricting plan

    OUR VIEW:Independent thinking is needed

    The state House of Representatives’ redistricting plan is going nowhere.

    Like every law, it must be passed by both legislative chambers and the Senate will not take action on the House’s proposal, which is designed to balance population between districts in accordance with the 2010 census.

  • Community should create a business incubator locally

    Nearly every Elizabethtown historian can tell you how Samuel Haycraft Jr., son of the town’s founder, wrote in 1869, “For who can tell what Elizabethtown will be, with her delightful location, her enterprising and energetic population … her future manufactories that must spring up … when it becomes a large city it will be well to look back upon her starting point.”

    Here we are, almost 150 years later, and in some ways that future still awaits.

  • Marsee legacy is one of offering opportunity

    TOPIC: Death of Bill Marsee
    OUR VIEW: A community's loss

    Often, most of the work was done behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.

    That’s the way Bill Marsee was.

    In all of our communities, we have those such as Bill Marsee and his wife, Betty: the passionate few who work relentlessly, not for praise, but for the good of a cause that benefits others.

  • What we can do about sexual abuse

    ISSUE: Sexual Abuse Awareness Month
    OUR VIEW: Let's take a proactive role

    The first step in improvement is awareness and acknowledgment of a problem.

    In the case of sexual assault, many among us are guilty of overlooking or even denying its existence in our community. That needs to change.

    Sexual assault is a vicious, ugly violation the community actively works to stamp out, particularly where vulnerable children are involved.

  • March 12, 2013: Our readers write

    Keep offices on the square

    It only makes sense to me that the best and least expensive way to bring people and business into downtown Elizabethtown would be to keep all government offices on the square.

    With the recent vote against allowing bars and alcohol by the drink, I see very little likelihood of businesses being able to succeed there. If all government offices were located there, we would be able to save all of the money allotted for downtown revitalization ideas that probably won't work anyway.

  • March 10, 2013: Our readers write

    Hagel a strong choice

    Chuck Hagel was finally confirmed as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense, as he should have been since Obama won the election — decisively.