• The topic: Passing of Dottie Hansen
    Our view: 
    She was a beloved community icon

    All you have to know about the kind of person Dottie Hansen was is this: Often when there were people in need for food or shelter in the middle of the night, she would be called to offer help.

    She always answered and always helped.

    That’s just who the 91-year-old community icon was. Hansen died early Monday morning after a battle with cancer.

    She leaves a legacy of serving with many, many organizations.

  • “My friends, no one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything.” 

    These were the words of President-elect Abraham Lincoln upon leaving Springfield, Ill., for Washington, D.C. Since President Lincoln is Kentucky’s most famous son, I believe it’s only appropriate I adopt his words as I turn over the reins of the United States Army Recruiting Command to Maj. Gen. David Mann.

  • How do you summarize an emotion? How do you explain the pains of the heart? Words can be so inefficient.
    It’s a struggle familiar to anyone who has ever tried to write. On the eve of Valentine’s Day, everyone capable of holding a pen will suffer in search of just the right words to fill the space of a loved one’s card.
    But this column is not about hearts, romance, Cupid or romance. It does describe passion and love — a passion for excellence and love for co-workers.

  • The issue: Director of cultural diversity

    Our view: ECTC understands importance to community

  • ISSUE: Pensions for part-time legislators

    OUR VIEW: Worthwhile uphill battle 

  • Robert O. Skaggs, of Elizabethtown, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.
    Arrangements are incomplete at Brown Funeral Home.

  • On this weekend, it seems everyone is a football fan. The Super Bowl impacts our culture like no other single-day sporting event.
    I consider myself a serious, big-time NFL fan. While other sports, other activities and interests capture my off time now and then, nothing consistently holds my interest like the 32 teams that comprise the National Football League.
    Most folks who know that fact expect me to be excited about the Super Bowl. But I don’t look forward to the big game with awe.

  • ISSUE: High-tech additions
    OUR VIEW: New items are needed

  • In these recessionary times, it's common for private companies of all sizes to take a hard look at their operations. Business units that are less than effective or dealing with declining volume sometimes are closed.
    The U.S. Postal Service would like to do the same thing. Considering the agency lost $8.5 billion last year — $23 million per day — something needs to be done. No one wants less service or to lose the convenience of a community post office, but it's necessary to look at more drastic tactics.

  • The issue: County's mid-year budget surplus
    Our view: Heathly report worthy of praise

  • Houses are being uprooted along Rineyville Road as preparations for the Elizabethtown to Radcliff Connector move forward.

    Bids will be awarded in April for construction on the 7.6-mile route designed to ease commuter traffic between two of Kentucky’s 15th largest cities.

  • ISSUE: Sizemore named KPA president

    OUR VIEW: We recognize one of our own

  • ISSUE: Magistrate Weight Loss Challenge
    OUR VIEW: Congratulations for leading by losing

    The eight people who were winners in November’s general election hope to be losers come this November.

    Patterned after “The Biggest Loser” television show, the Hardin County Magistrate Weight Loss Challenge is an 11-month effort to slim down.

  • The issue: Healthcare-associated infections
    Our view: Requiring reporting is appropriate

  • Nearly three decades ago, a young reporter arrived in Morgantown to interview the editor of a small weekly newspaper.
    A couple days before, the plate glass window in the storefront office had been shattered by late-night gunfire. It was a message for Larry Craig, the bold editor and owner of the Butler County newspaper.

  • Bullying is not limited to age, race or economic status. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes and terrorize in ways beyond the playground menace who takes lunch money. It seems as soon as children figure out they can have power over another human, the lessons of bullying begin. Whether we admit it or not we have all been on both sides of the equation.

  • The issue: Ignoring warning signs

    Our view: Be alert and respond

  • The nation and the attitudes that Martin Luther King Jr. sought to change have changed and generally for the better.
    The civil rights movement brought together thousands in search of the assurance of basic human desires such as kindness, fairness, equality and justice.

  • Making the rules?
    To paraphrase an old saying, “Those who can, do, and those who can’t, make the rules.”
    In Sunday’s newspaper, we read that Secretary of Defense Gates wants to cut funding for the Military Tricare Health system. He says that the cost has gone from $18 billion ten years ago to $50 billion today. How much has the free medical care for our elected officials increased in 10 years?

  • When Hardin Fiscal Court conducts its first meeting of 2011, something unseen in almost two decades will occur. A woman will be seated among county government’s elected decision makers.

    As the county welcomes back the magistrate form of government, the voters of District 3 selected Lisa Williams to represent their interests for the next four years.