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Hold that newspaper obituary

By Richard RoBards

For years community newspapers have been riding the coattails of metropolitan dailies. The ride hasn't been all that great.

Nationally, newspaper readership has taken its share of hits and criticisms. But what we knew in the community journalism business was never allowed to make forecasting reports because the data from our sector was jaded by the dailies, where a different story was emerging.


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Putting public record on the record

By Becky Cassell, Editor

From speeding tickets, misdemeanors and indictments to marriages, divorces and land transfers, the News-Journal publishes a myriad of public records.

Do you read them? How interested are you in reading about them? Which of them are you more interested in?

We honestly want to know what you think.

That's why the Central Kentucky News-Journal is conducting a reader survey about public records. We would appreciate your opinion on the content of the News-Journal's On the Record page - what you read, what you don't read and what you think about it.


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The pickup deserves its own praise on National Agriculture Day

By Linda Ireland

March 20 is the first day of spring, and it's also National Agriculture Day.

And that means it's an appropriate time to salute our local farmers.

I could write volumes about tobacco quotas and foreign imports and the need to buy American, and how our farmers are struggling to keep the rest of us fat and prosperous.

But I'm not going to do that.

I've decided it's time another icon of American self-reliance and rural independence received some appreciation. And I don't think farmers will mind at all.


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End of writers' strike is welcome relief

By The Staff

For the last three months, I've tried to balance feelings of relief and frustration over the Hollywood writers' strike.


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Choosing a candidate as easy as 1-2-3

By Becky Cassell, Editor

The presidential race is certainly becoming an interesting one. Like most of America, I've watched several debates between the candidates, checked out their Web sites and read all the news stories I could find, just trying to get a handle on which of the candidates would be best for the job.

Little did I know the answer was so easy.


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Will Kentucky voters be shut out?

By The Staff

As I drove down Bardstown Road, a large yard sign caught my eye the other day - "Yes We Can" it touted in big red and blue letters. Beside it another sign - Barack Obama '08.

It's nice to see folks finding a presidential candidate that they want to support and feeling good enough about it to shout it from their front yard (via signage) to the world.

The bad thing is that by the time this poor person gets to vote in Kentucky's late May Primary, the decision for the Democratic and Republican party's contenders for the White House will likely already be decided.


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Enjoy a good book with friends

By Becky Cassell, Editor

Do you enjoy a good book? Would you love to have a chance to talk to others who're reading the same book? Well, you may soon get that chance.

The Central Kentucky News-Journal is interested in sponsoring a community book group. With help from the Taylor County Public Library and the Taylor County Extension Office, the group would meet once every few months.

There would be no membership or mandatory attendance or even dues. Just a group of people getting together to talk about a great book.


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The psychology of good behavior

By Richard RoBards

The other night when I mysteriously picked up a pair of socks and tossed them in the dirty clothes hamper, my wife simultaneously tossed me a sardine from a can she had opened earlier in the day.

I thought to myself ... is she trying to reinforce good habits? I also thought she should have had crackers and mustard ready as well.

Just kidding. That didn't actually happen. Everyone knows that I have no bad habits to correct.


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It's a long wait just to get busy

By Becky Cassell, Editor

One of the best parts of my job is being able to take photographs. The problem is, it's also one of the worst parts too.

I always take too many photos. That's great when it comes to work. If I take a photo and someone's eyes are closed or they were in the middle of talking, chances are I've got another photo where they're not. It also gives us plenty to choose from when designing newspaper pages.

However, that habit has spread to my family life as well - and that's why it's one of the worst parts.


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Some lessons about race do come early in life

By Don Whitehead

February is Black History Month, probably as good a time as any to let Skip know I'm sorry even if the offense committed against him occurred nearly 50 years ago.

The memory is as vivid as the permanent stain put on our society by the way black people have been treated for decades.


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