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Today's Opinions

  • ECTC-WKU agreement offers new opportunity

    ISSUE: Colleges create joint admission
    OUR VIEW: It makes sense for all 

    A joint admissions agreement between Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Western Kentucky University offers benefits for both institutions and, more importantly, for local learners.

    Students have much to gain from this measure signed last week after months of preparation, planning and cooperation. The agreement is a clear sign that both schools have their focus on a central goal of serving students.

  • Penn State situation should concern all adults

    ISSUE: Penn State scandal
    OUR VIEW: It wasn’t about Joe 

    Adults have a responsibility to provide for and protect children. The innocent depend on us to keep them fed, to keep them warm and, most of all, to keep them safe.

    As a society, the implication is broader. The community as a whole has a responsiblity for all children. It may be a cliché, but the undeniable truth is that our existence tomorrow lies within the children of today.

  • Vital information is just moments away

    ISSUE: Public notification system
    OUR VIEW: Service is important, affordable

    Information is critical to all important decisions.

    It’s absolutely vital in emergency situations.

    A new service offered by Hardin County Emergency Management will help dispense information rapidly and alert all residents to disaster response efforts and safety advice.

  • Penn State refrain: 'Say it ain't so, Joe'

    Upon hearing the news of Joe Paterno’s failure to do more to protect the kids in the case of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged crime, my first thought was, “Say it ain’t so, Joe”— the line the little boy supposedly spoke to baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson as he walked down the steps of the courthouse after appearing before a grand jury for allegedly fixing the 1919 World Series.

  • Fatally flawed: Court secrecy endangers the innocent

    ISSUE: Access to DCBS records
    OUR VIEW: One small step in the right direction

    For a second time in a year, a Kentucky court has ordered the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to unseal records related to the deaths of children. Sought by newspapers, the cabinet has fought tooth and nail to keep the records under wraps.

    And once again, a judge has decried the cabinet’s “culture of secrecy.”

  • Local craftsman provided a link to Lincoln

    It was front page news when the Boundary Oak died.

    An impressive figure, the tree was six feet wide and 90 feet tall with a crown that spread 115 feet. A tree of that size casts quite a shadow.

    Its fame came not from its size but from the unique spot of Kentucky soil where the acorn fell. About a quarter century after it sprouted, a surveyor used the oak as a point of reference on a deed for the Sinking Springs farm.

  • Dollar for the Dukes shows tangible thanks

    Soon, thousands of soldiers will end a year-long deployment to Afghanistan and return to Fort Knox. Area residents have a unique opportunity to make them feel especially welcomed home.

    Dollars for the Dukes, a fundraising campaign of The Duke Association, a nonprofit and nonpolitical group of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Knox, continues through Nov. 21 and possibly through the end of the month.

  • Nov. 11, 2011: Our readers write

    A Veteran’s Day thank you
    On Veterans Day, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many citizens of Hardin County who made contributions to the Elizabethtown Disabled American Veterans Chapter 003 “Forget Me Not” fundraiser. Members of DAV Chapter 003 set up donation stations at the Fort Knox Commissary, Radcliff and Elizabethtown Wal-Mart stores, and the Dolphin Drive Kroger store in Elizabethtown. Please know that your donations will go to help local area veterans and their dependents.