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Arresting children not the answer to juvenile crime

Last year in Kentucky, youth status offenders were booked 1,335 times into a juvenile detention center. It cost about $1.48 million to keep them locked up for a total of 7,191 days and their home counties paid $663,640 of that expense, according to report from Kentucky Youth Advocates.

Was it money well spent? Many juvenile court authorities and groups that promote child welfare say no.


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School supply lists asking too much of families

Roger Cook has hit the nail on the head.

Cook, superintendent of Taylor County Schools, sent out an email earlier this week to teachers, board members and others in the school district, and we here at the CKNJ are also on that mailing list. The message addresses what is a growing problem with school supplies in our public schools.


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Kentucky needs a tax-free shopping week or weekend

State needs to give shoppers a sales tax break

By Moreland Jeff

When it comes to taxes, almost everyone would say they pay plenty on everything these days.

And when it comes to sending a child to school, there’s no doubt it can be an expensive process with all of the necessities on that back-to-school list.

To help ease the pain of parents as they send children back to school, Kentucky needs to join a growing list of states that offer a tax-free shopping week or weekend in preparation for the start of a new school year.


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Use caution with fireworks during drought

Weeks without a good rain and days of 100-plus degree temperatures have left Taylor County and many others in Kentucky parched.

Still, as of the writing of this editorial on Monday, Taylor County is not under a burn ban and the county’s annual fireworks display is still scheduled to go on as usual. Many residents will also take the opportunity to enjoy their own fireworks displays at home.
While it’s legal to use a wide array of fireworks, even in these dry conditions, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.


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City should rethink its new social media policy

The way social media has taken over society today, it’s understandable that an organization like the city of Campbellsville would feel the need to have a policy related to its use by employees. However, we believe the policy could have been handled much differently.


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A member of the CKNJ staff learns he has leukemia

Cancer comes home

By The Staff

Cancer is a disease that has touched almost everyone. If not in our own lives, or in those of our families, almost all of us have had a friend or coworker touched by the dreaded disease.
Here at the CKNJ, we are no different. Many of us have lost friends and loved ones, and we have had others in our lives to experience a scare with cancer. Now, we have been given the news that cancer has come to a member of the CKNJ family.
James Roberts, a longtime reporter with us, has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.


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Derby brings gaming issue back to mind

By The Staff

The most famous horse race in the world will take place in Louisville on Saturday, and because of it, there will be plenty of people at Churchill Downs eating, drinking and enjoying the atmosphere. Oh, and you can bet many of them will be there to gamble.
That got us thinking about how gambling is viewed in Kentucky, and how our legislators will not let Kentuckians make up their own minds about casinos and other forms of expanded gaming.


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Seven special sessions in a row not good

By The Staff

Do you have deadlines you have to meet?
If you didn’t have your income tax submitted by this past Tuesday, you will be penalized in a monetary fashion.
If you turn in a paper late for a class, you will get penalized with a lesser or failing grade.

If you show up late to work so many times, you will get penalized and eventually could lose your job.


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Should school start later?

CKNJ Editorial Board

It started out as a preview of year-round school, but shouldn't schools look at the possibility of starting school later than the first week of August?

August is usually the hottest month of the year. Buses have no air conditioning and sometimes schools close down for half the day because of the heat.

It also costs much more to keep school buildings cool during that kind of weather.


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Kentucky and Louisville meet in Final Four Saturday

Cats and Cards ready to rumble

By The Staff

 


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