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Columns

  • Slideshows bring you more

    If you haven't seen the slideshow of photographs from the July Fourth Celebration in Campbellsville, then stop reading here. Go to www.cknj.com and do so now.

    I'll wait.

    I lost count sometime after loading 100 photos into the slideshow. There are pictures of those who participated and those who attended events during the weekend.

    We all know the shape our economy has been in lately. And that means advertisers have reduced their spending, which in turn reduces the amount of space we are allotted in the newspaper.

  • A hamster and some dead birds

    One of parenting's biggest challenges is when to protect your kids from life and when to let them learn the truth about it.

    This is a regular challenge for most parents. When I was dating, it was unclear how much I should disclose to the boys or when I should introduce them to a woman I was seeing. When their mother abandoned them and literally disappeared, did I tell them the truth about her (mental) instability or gloss over it?

  • If only dogs could talk

    I watched her stop at the edge of the yard beneath the tree. The rabbit, perched at the edge of the woods nibbling clover, wasn't aware of Maggie's presence ... yet.

    But it wasn't long before the rabbit realized something new was near, and it hopped quickly back into the woods.

    With the different sizes of rabbits making their appearance in the past couple of weeks, it didn't take long for us to realize there must be a family of rabbits making their home in our woods. It also didn't take our border collie, Maggie, long to realize it either.

  • 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.