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Leslie Moore is new staff writer

New reporter joins CKNJ staff

 


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Caring for veterans should be our priority

There is a lot of talk out there about percentages. The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income tax, the percentage of voters veering left or right on any given day.

Here’s another one. One-half of 1 percent. That’s roughly how much of the U.S. population has been active duty at any time during the past decade, many now included in the overall veteran population, about 13 percent.


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Kentucky's cigarette tax needs increasing

Here’s hoping Kentucky shared in the national decline in teen smoking reported recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

USA Today attributes an “historic drop in smoking,” not just among teens but across all age groups, to a 62-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax in 2009.

Raising the federal tax to $1.01 a pack has brought in about $30 billion in new revenue to the U.S. treasury.

Meanwhile, some 3 million fewer Americans smoked in 2011 than in 2009, even though the population has increased.


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Stop texting and save lives

Some Kentucky high school students recently got a better idea of how dangerous it is to text while driving when AT&T brought a simulator to their schools. Students got into a car, put on simulation goggles and attempted to text. Wearing the goggles, the teens saw a virtual road with other drivers and pedestrians.

While texting, the young drivers ran off the road, hit other cars and even killed pedestrians, all in a virtual situation. But the scary truth is the virtual damage and loss of life mirrors reality.


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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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