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Gun control not the answer to senseless violence

During his news conference in the wake of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama pushed hard for Congress to quickly enact new and more restrictive gun control measures.

He also signed 23 executive orders positioned as actions to keep our nation’s children safe.


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Second inauguration is unneccessary spending

When athletes score a touchdown or hit a home run, sportscasters often say, “Act like you’ve been there before.”

That’s good advice, especially for politicians like presidents and governors who are re-elected to office.

When being elected, there’s always a celebration for the official inauguration of a president or governor. That’s fine.


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Legislators must work together despite party lines

For too long, Kentuckians have been held back because of partisan bickering and political games when the legislature is in session. Hopefully, with new leadership, that will change.

We don’t believe there was much love lost between House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, and former Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, and that applied to Williams and Gov. Steve Beshear as well. All were guilty of playing partisan games that, at the end of the day, only hurt Kentuckians.


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Kentucky needs tougher animal abuse laws

There used to be a saying that if you were out of state and murdered someone, be sure to get rid of the body in Kentucky. Local law enforcement officials, with their limited resources, not to mention competency, would never solve it. Sure enough, over the years bodies were deposited in Kentucky and their killers were never found. In some cases, it took decades just to identify the victim.


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Here's to a newsworthy 2013

CKNJ Editorial Board

From triumphs to deaths, Taylor Countians made headlines in 2012.

While compiling our annual Year In Review stories, the CKNJ staff has spent time reliving the past year.

We read about city and county business, business closings and expansions, retirements and hires, crime and much more.

Read about the Top 10 stories of 2012 on today's front page. The year in sports was featured in the Monday, Dec. 31, issue.


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Holiday Helpline makes Christmas a bit brighter

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They were piled high and deep, from tabletops to ceilings. Toys were everywhere.

From baby clothes to toy cars to makeup sets to brand new bicycles and movie tickets, many children in Taylor County have Christmas gifts today thanks to generous donations.

Toys for Kids and Toys for Tots officials said this year's effort to raise money to buy toys for children who might otherwise not have Christmas gifts generated about $35,000. With that money, toys were bought for about 500 children.


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The true story of Christmas

 


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Tax reform needed now in Kentucky

If there is a single issue on which lawmakers, business leaders and Kentucky taxpayers can agree, it’s the need for overhaul of the state’s tax code.


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Solving the special taxing district issue

It’s important to understand a question before formulating an answer.

State Auditor Adam Edelen made several questions very clear last week about Kentucky’s special taxing districts after his office spent six months developing a report on what it calls ghost governments.

Among them: What is a special taxing district? How many exist in Kentucky? Who oversees them?

How does the public get information about how they spend public money?

What’s the process for dissolving a district?


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Thanksgiving a time to help those in need

As we celebrate a season of thankfulness this week, many will gather around a table with family and friends to enjoy a meal. As we do this, we should remember that there are others who are not as fortunate.

Thanksgiving is a time to offer special thanks for all we are blessed with throughout the year, but it should also be a time when we think of those who are not blessed with a hot meal or may not have a roof over their heads.


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