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Columns

  • Reading group chooses next book

    It's been almost a year in the works. And the CKNJ Bookmarks are well on their way.

    The Bookmarks are a group of community residents who like to read. And to discuss the books they've read.

    Our first book selection was "Marley and Me" by John Grogran. The story of a family and its neurotic dog, the book was a great read and many of us also enjoyed the movie, which was released in December.

  • Not a good week to be a Roberts

    I wasn't too proud of my last name this past week. Perhaps for the first time in history, an incoming president had to be sworn in twice. The reason? A guy named Roberts.

    Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed the oath of office when swearing in Barack Obama on Tuesday. He tried to correct himself but never recovered.

    It was a minor goof, but it was enough to prompt the New York Times to refer to Roberts as the "Oaf of Office" and necessitate a second swearing in.

  • Friday is deadline for sweethearts

    "But now remains faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

    -I Corinthians 13:13

    We all have someone special in our lives that we think about when we hear the word "love." Perhaps it's our husband or wife, a child, a parent, a boyfriend or girlfriend. Maybe it's a best friend from our kindergarten days or that one person who's been there for us in good times and in bad times.

    But have you ever taken the time to tell that person exactly why you love them so much?

  • One in six children lives in poverty

    On the day he died, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called his mother to give her his next Sunday's sermon title: "Why America May Go to Hell." In his 1968 call for a Poor People's Campaign, he warned, "America is going to hell if we don't use her vast resources to end poverty and make it possible for all of God's children to have the basic necessities of life."

  • Diversified economy has sheltered us

    The troubled global economic climate continues to have an affect on our local economy.

    While we are very concerned and must not forget about those who have lost their jobs, Taylor County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in our labor market area.

    Our November 2008 rate was at 5.9 percent. One nearby community is at 9.6 percent. The December 2008 rates will not be released for several more weeks.

  • Sign up now to stay informed

    As most of you know, our Web site has been a work in progress for more than a year now. While we don't yet have everything we're hoping for, it's getting there.

    The newest feature, added just last week, is the return of Breaking News Headlines, or news alerts.

    Many readers had signed up for the news alerts with our former Web site. If you enjoyed those, we encourage you to sign up again.

    And for those who didn't, give it a try.

  • Saving money and lives

    With the nation's current economic turmoil, policymakers, business owners and individual citizens alike are looking for ways to reduce spending and stimulate the economy. One commonsense strategy is tackling one of the biggest drains on our financial system: chronic illnesses.

    A chronic illness is one that requires frequent treatment over a long period of time, like diabetes or heart disease. These kinds of illnesses aren't just costly for patients — they're also a serious drain on the economy.

  • Financing Kentucky's future

    Most Kentucky businesses take a great interest in the financial stability of state government, the quality of services state government provides, the education product that comes out of our schools and institutions of higher learning, safe and up-to-date transportation infrastructure, and the general quality of life in the state.

  • Shoe toss missed its mark in U.S.

    "Don't criticize what you don't understand, son. You never walked in that man's shoes."

    That was Elvis Presley's spin on the Indian proverb "Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his moccasins."

    So I'll take his advice and not judge journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi too harshly. He's the Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad recently. Bush was making a farewell tour of the country and working on a plan to end the war by 2010.

  • An important, though unexciting task

    Each year at this time, the editorial department at the News-Journal sends out more than a dozen letters, all of them pretty much alike.

    Sounds kind of boring, huh?

    Well, it's an important part of our job.

    The letters are requests for notification of meetings and copies of information that our public officials are to consider at their meetings.