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Today's Opinions

  • NCLB waiver doesn't solve school issues

    ISSUE: Getting out of No Child Left Behind
    OUR VIEW: Not the answer alone

    The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was proposed by former President George W. Bush to help fund federal programs targeted to improve student performance in U.S. schools. The program was aimed at accountability for states, school districts and schools in addition to providing parents with choices regarding which schools their kids would attend.

  • KCTCS' Super Sunday proves to be super concept

    On Feb. 12, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College offered its second Super Sunday.

    The premise is simple: To encourage and recruit minority students, ECTC and its 15 sister colleges partner with other institutions that play a role in minorities’ cultures. In Hardin County, the partner institution was New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Radcliff.

  • Feb. 19, 2012: Our readers write

    Frankfort needs a new perspective
    Redistricting has overshadowed every issue during this legislative session.
    The Kentucky General Assembly has been in session since January and legislators have allowed redistricting to be a priority over important concerns such as education and job growth.
    Bryan filed to compete for a seat in the State House of Representatives and Hardin County voters should consider his platform.

  • Community is violated by church break-ins

    ISSUE: Theft at seven local churches
    OUR VIEW: Burglaries take more than possessions

    Respect for the property and possessions of others is the first behavioral lesson taught by well-meaning parents. The concept is affirmed in every basic rule of law. It dates back to ancient times and was quite clearly stated when Moses delivered God’s top 10 expectations: Thou shall not steal.

    That’s No. 8 in the Ten Commandments.

  • A unique politician provided life lessons in humility

    When evaluating elected officials, people use any number of methods.

    Some voters make a detailed examination of their voting record or stated positions. I’ve known others who are more interested in the candidate’s general knowledge about issues and agile mind. Many take into consideration the individual’s personality, charm or wit. Still others stop at their party affiliation and vote a straight ticket.

    I’ve always applied a unique measure learned at the knee of dear old dad.

  • In recognition of excellence

    TOPIC: Excelling with mind and body
    OUR VIEW: Good work

    Students came from schools around the county with one mission: To correctly spell words.

    None of the 19 students did it any better recently than West Hardin Middle School seventh-grade student Dillon Brock, who managed to win the event by accurately spelling the word, Gestapo.

  • Feb. 16, 2012: Our readers write

    Punishment enough
    After reading “Judge grants dismissal of charges against ex teacher” in the Feb. 6 issue, I have to agree with the decision to dismiss the charges against Steven Gray. Even with the charges being dropped, Gray probably will not be hired to teach and that in itself is punishment.

  • State retirement plan demonstrates little planning

    ISSUE: Kentucky's public pension system
    OUR VIEW: Without change, disaster is ahead

    One of the true perks associated with working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky is the retirement plan. It's also becoming one of the great threats regarding living in this state.

    It's alarming to see the state falling behind in its commitments to its workers and retirees as well as its unwillingness to address the issue.