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Opinion

  • ISSUE: Reading the Constitution
    OUR VIEW: Civics lesson is just a gesture

    Often it seems that gestures are substituted for true action.

    As the new Congressional session opened in Washington, D.C., the House floor was dominated by a formal reading of the U.S. Constitution.

    The new Republican leadership saw the demonstration as reaffirmation of a commitment to that its work would hold to the tenets set out in this most precious of American documents.

  • ISSUE: Millpond’s request for financing
    OUR VIEW: Weigh investment against risk

    The dust has settled for now on the Millpond Business Center off Kentucky 313 in Radcliff. The North Hardin Economic Development Authority’s requested $800,000 to level 40 more acres of land to attract potential industry. The Radcliff City Council authorized $475,000 following a 50/50 split of council and a tie-breaking vote from then-Mayor Sheila Enyart.

  • Tears can be shed over any edition of the newspaper.

    That’s because each paper includes death notices. These brief summaries of lives lived hint at the sadness behind them with a detailed listing of loved ones.  In the jargon of obituaries, the people left with grief are called survivors.

    With the beginning of a new calendar year, it’s common to review the 12 months that we all just survived. Often, grief plays a part in that recap.

  • ISSUE: Renovations at the courthouse
    OUR VIEW: Classic and accommodating

    Renovations to the top floor meeting room in the Hardin County Courthouse had quite a debut this week.

    Completion of the work could not have been better timed. A standing-room crowd gathered as elected officials, deputy sheriffs and other select individuals took the oath of office. Many of their friends and family were able to take snapshots or videotape the ceremony in the bright, new setting.

  • The New York Jets football team suspended Sal Alosi for a rather ugly incident that took place in a game against the Miami Dolphins.
    The strength and conditioning coach for the Jets received a season-ending suspension and a $25,000 fine for the incident.
    In our opinion, that is not enough.
    Mr. Alosi not only performed an inexcusable act but also used his influence over some of the Jets players to carry out the deed.

  • The issue: A look back at 2010
    Our view: Events mark progress for Hardin County 

  • The issue: Mayors supporting each other
    Our view: A positive trend continues

  • The issue: Chambers come together
    Our view: Praise for unification effort

  • Sometimes it helps to go out of town to appreciate what we have here.
    The latest reminder came to mind a couple weeks ago during a visit from my Alabama grandchildren. In an effort to capture the spirit of the season, we piled into the car for an adventure in Christmas light looking.
    Rather than a random trip through decorated neighborhoods, this journey would focus on Louisville’s Megacavern. Driving in a loop under the zoo, we would delight in symbols of the season glowing in creative light displays.

  • The issue: Impact of Christmas
    Our view: Enjoy each other

     

  • The issue: Kentucky budget pressure
    Our view: Chamber offers worthy ideas

  • The issue: Health Department restaurant ordinances
    Our view: Requirement provides assurance for patrons

    Two ordinances recently adopted by the Lincoln Trail District Health Department serve a dual local benefit.

    For restaurant owners, the ordinances provide extra motivation to ensure their eateries are up to par with food preparation, health and cleanliness requirements. For restaurant patrons, the ordinances serve as an added measure of assurance that their dining experiences are safe and pleasurable ones.

  • The holidays are a time to visit and enjoy the company of old friends.
    One close acquaintance comes to mind each Christmas season. He’s always ready for a good time and displays a constant, warm grin beneath smiling blue eyes and chubby cheeks.
    Our first meeting was uneventful, not much more than a passing glance. Who would have thought that weeks later, he would come to live in my house. I don’t remember all the circumstances because I was not quite 4. My parents shared the details as one of those oft-repeated family tales.

  • The holidays are a time to visit and enjoy the company of old friends.

    One close acquaintance comes to mind each Christmas season. He’s always ready for a good time and displays a constant, warm grin beneath smiling blue eyes and chubby cheeks.

    Our first meeting was uneventful, not much more than a passing glance. Who would have thought that weeks later, he would come to live in my house. I don’t remember all the circumstances because I was not quite 4. My parents shared the details as one of those oft-repeated family tales.

  • Call it the BRAC impact, the big inhale or whatever nickname you like. What it adds up to is J-O-B-S.
    Thanks to its unique relationship with Fort Knox, Hardin County stood to gain from Fort Knox’s new mission as the home of the Human Resources Command’s Center of Excellence. That message was proclaimed from every governmental mouthpiece for five years. And now the numbers support their claims
    Local officials for years have touted the economic impact of the Fort Knox realignment. Recent government data is backing them up — big time.

  • ISSUE: Radcliff City Council meetings 
    OUR VIEW: More public input will be positive

  • The issue: Restoration of Lincoln’s Boyhood Home

    Our vision: Investment in future historical tourism

  • The issue: Opening Otter Creek

    Our view: Good for the community

  • Chambers are prepared
    Chamber members: Please plan to vote for the merger of our local chambers. There are many good reasons to support the merger; you may already support the merger yourself so this letter is to encourage you to schedule the time and vote for the merger.

  • Hardin County’s Child Support Division continues to work effectively on behalf of children as it builds a statewide reputation for excellence.
    Among county offices handling 4,000 or more cases annually, the Hardin County staff was honored as a top performer. In addition, Assistant County Attorney Stephen Wheatley received an award as the top child support attorney in the state.