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Columns

  • Score one for decency?

    I've got a real problem with anonymity. There are occasions when someone should remain anonymous, but Internet message boards isn't one of them.

    I know, I know. The News-Journal allows anonymous comments on its Web site. For the record, I don't like that either.

    Something about going online under the cover of darkness brings out the worst in people. Or perhaps anonymity allows people to reveal their true nature.

  • Everyone's 'opinion' is the right one

    o·pin·ion

    1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.

    2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.

    In light of the word's official definition, it's astounding how many people are insisting that Teen Writer Emily Comb's opinion piece published on last week's News-Journal Insight page is wrong.

    I didn't know that opinions could be wrong.

  • MTV ... not just music anymore

    I grew up a part of the MTV generation, watching music videos of celebrities we all wanted to be like.

    But over the past 20 years, the "Music Television" channel changed drastically. No more does the channel feature what it was originally created for - to show music videos. A recent redesign of the channel's trademark MTV logo took away the words "Music Television," which saddened me and countless others.

  • Wishing the new was old

    It's a phrase I use often. "I wish we had things like this when I was younger."

    I said or thought those words recently while looking at the technology at students' fingertips at Campbellsville Independent and Taylor County schools.

    And I was definitely thinking it when I began to delve into the new credit card rules a few weeks ago while preparing for a story.

  • Intern says newspaper has it all

    Whoever said that local newspaper journalism is dead is full of it.

    If there's one thing that I have learned in my almost three months at the Central Kentucky News-Journal, it's that people in small towns rely heavily on their local newspaper.

    The local newspaper is the source for local events. The New York Times isn't going to tell you what time the Easter service is at Asbury United Methodist Church or whose children were on the school honor roll.

  • 'You've come a long way, baby'

    Thirty-some years ago, half of America's families consisted of a dad who worked and a mom who stayed home to raise the children.

    Today, that number is just 20 percent.

    How incredibly our families have changed in my lifetime.

    "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation," a recent report by the Center for American Progress and Maria Shriver, looks at American women and how their careers have changed the nation.

    It's certainly food for thought, actually putting details, statistics and reasoning to things I've taken for granted all of my adult life.

  • Will we finally see changes to Topix?

    I read recently with great interest about Attorney General Jack Conway asking those involved with Topix to provide information about how they investigate abusive and just plain mean comments posted on its site.

    I'm sure by now everyone knows what Topix is ... it's a site where people can go to post comments about whatever they want. And they can do it anonymously, which can be a good thing ... but also a very bad thing when people don't use this power responsibly.

  • Your life is important to us!

    Your life is important. That's why a group of local people has made saving your life a priority.

    Arrive Alive Taylor County, the community traffic safety team that has made saving the lives of Taylor Countians its focus, has begun its 2010 campaign.

    In the coming months, residents in the community will hear more about Arrive Alive Taylor County. The group includes representatives from the hospital, rescue, law enforcement, media, local schools, the state Transportation Cabinet, alcohol and drug awareness agencies and more.

  • A nightmare that never ends

    Hate is a strong word, one I try not to use often. Still, I hate crooks. In light of today's shaky economic situations, it seems they are coming out of the woodwork.

    Being a reporter, I've written numerous stories about scam artists and identity theft. I know all of the signs. I'm already a bit paranoid, and hearing the horror stories only makes it worse.

    Then it happened to me.

    The charge appeared on my online bank statement two days before Thanksgiving. I knew it wasn't a charge I'd made as I'd never done business with this particular company.

  • A very, very sad Mac

    I just wanted to check my e-mail.

    I opened the door to my home office, waited until my three cats ran past me to get to their toys, sat down and clicked my computer mouse.

    Nothing.

    The computer froze. No big deal. I'll just hit the power button and manually turn the computer off and restart.

    The familiar Mac startup chimes gave me comfort. Then ... nothing.

    A blue screen ... then black ... then blue again.

    Then, it happened. That darn little icon with a question mark ... and a sad Mac face. At this point, my face was sad, too.