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Columns

  • Maybe we should remember the actual man in the mirror

    Exactly how many hit singles does a singer need for people to forget that he was likely a child molester? If you only have a couple is it okay to rob a store or maybe to beat your wife? Perhaps Huey Lewis gets a free pass on a speeding ticket but Paul McCartney could murder a hobo with nobody thinking negatively about him.

  • Nutritious school lunches equals healthier children

    Given all I know about food and the food system as an adult, it seems slightly funny that as a child, with parents who diligently packed me a brown bag lunch every day, I was jealous of the kids who ate school lunch. I wanted the pizza, the sloppy joes and the tater tots ... and not my crummy turkey sandwich on whole grain bread.

    I suppose that's because I, along with many Americans, had yet to learn the real impact of unhealthy food on children.

  • Governor says gaming proceeds would help state economy

    Kentucky is not alone in its financial misery. From the East Coast to the West Coast, states are facing enormous revenue shortfalls ranging from hundreds of millions to billions of dollars, and many have been forced to slash key programs and raise taxes.

    In Kentucky, where our projected shortfall for the coming year has been officially set at $996 million, or 10.7 percent of our General Fund budget, I'm recommending we do neither.

  • It's time to speak your mind

    At a special City Council meeting a couple of weekends ago, Campbellsville resident Tonya Young expressed surprise that she was the only resident at the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to give final approval to the creation and implementation of a 1 percent occupational tax. Young was opposed to it. She thought others would be too.

    And I'm sure others are opposed to the new tax. But Young hit the nail on the head when she asked, "Do citizens just believe it would do no good to come?"

  • Churches, clubs ... here's your chance

    Sunny afternoons, chasing lightning bugs at twilight, swimming at the lake, fun vacations, hanging out with friends ... students look forward to all the fun things that come with summer.

    But some choose to do something else with their summer break. Some go on mission trips; some travel to exotic places; some even spend their summer simply helping others.

    If that's the case with you, the Central Kentucky News-Journal would like to know about it.

  • Gambling isn't the solution

    Finances. That has become my least favorite word of late. It's never accompanied by anything good.

    Like many Kentuckians, I'll be watching closely as our legislators return to Frankfort today to tackle Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed budget, among other things.

    I have to commend Beshear for his budget. It's lean, but spares the most crucial areas, like education, from drastic cuts.

  • The skate key

    A skate key. It was a passport to sidewalk rollerskating for children of the 50s and 60s. I had great times rolling up and down my sidewalk with a song in my head. These skates, however, were not easy to manage. As a matter of fact, they were exasperating.

  • This week, a little about a lot

    Several different things are on my mind this week …

    First, I’ve heard several complaints and accusations toward Campbellsville City Council since it began considering its own occupational tax.

    With Fiscal Court’s decision to keep all of the countywide occupational tax money previously shared with the City, however, I don’t see as the Council had a choice in the matter. If someone took away a fifth of my pay, I’d have to come up with more money to pay the bills somehow.

  • Singing cowboys and cancer research

    I have never seen so many people in my entire life.

    Usually, when people make a statement like that, they're stretching the truth a bit to make the story more interesting.

    This time, I'm not.

    When I went to hear Kenny Chesney sing at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville a few weeks ago, I expected to see thousands of people acting crazy, drinking a bit too much and some wild dancing to loud country music.

    Well, I did see all that, and more.

  • Is this the end of Jon and Kate?

    I wasn't the only one who watched as their once happy marriage seemed to crumble apart at the hinges.

    More than nine million people watched - albeit painfully - the premiere of the fifth season of "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

    Though I'm not usually one to read tabloids on checkout stands, I couldn't help but notice the headlines over the past few months that accuse both Jon and Kate Gosselin of having affairs. The thought made me sad.

    I was even more sad - for the couple's eight children really - after watching the show's season premiere episode.