en Building on a solid foundation <p> <strong>ISSUE:</strong> Next leader of Helping Hand of Hope<br /> <strong>OUR VIEW: </strong>Capable, qualified candidate emerges<strong><br /> </strong></p> Oct. 23, 2014: Our readers write <p> <strong>Acting to preserve key services</strong></p> Encouragement: The universal game changer <p> &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t believe they lost,&rdquo; I moaned after my favorite college football team went down in defeat. &ldquo;Now they for sure won&rsquo;t make it to the new four-team playoff system,&rdquo; I continued to grumble.</p> <p> Sensing I was descending into a sports fanatic&rsquo;s funk, my wife suggested we rent an uplifting movie, &ldquo;Million Dollar Arm.&rdquo;</p> ECTC recognizes best of its very best <p> <strong>ISSUE:</strong> ECTC&rsquo;s Distinguished Alumni recognition<br /> <strong>OUR VIEW:</strong> Education enriches and enhances lives</p> <p> After Monday night&rsquo;s ceremony, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College now officially has 92 distinguished alumni.</p> One giant step toward New York <p> <strong>ISSUE</strong>: Credit Union&rsquo;s $10,000 gift to Trojan Band<strong><br /> OUR VIEW</strong>: Lots of work left to reach Macy&rsquo;s Parade</p> <p> Being invited to participate in the Macy&rsquo;s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a massive honor. Getting the band there is a massive challenge.</p> Charting a course for change at HMH <p> <strong>ISSUE:</strong> Politics and hospital finances<strong><br /> OUR VIEW:</strong> A change could be in the offing</p> <p> After years of sizable profits, the financial picture at Hardin Memorial Hospital has changed drastically with back-to-back annual losses of more than $5 million each.</p> <p> During this political season, the hospital has become a key talking point.</p> This year, recommendations will come from readers <p> Often I have said, the most difficult decisions are what we choose not to put in the newspaper.</p> <p> That applies to front-page articles, the sports page, national and international wire copy selections &mdash; even which comics and puzzles to carry.</p> Helping to ensure students are ready <p> <strong>TOPIC:</strong> Bornlearning Academies<br /> <strong>OUR VIEW:</strong> Program a great first step in getting youngsters ready for school</p> <p> A state report earlier this year measuring kindergarten readiness of youngsters sent up a red flag around Kentucky. It said about half of the children were considered not ready to start school based on testing.</p>