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Letters

  • Help bring awareness to the tragedy of child abuse

    Childhood is supposed to be an age of innocence, but for too many in the Commonwealth, it's a time of suffering. In 2009, a report revealed that Kentucky led the nation in the number of children who die as a result of abuse and neglect. Statistics show that every minute in Kentucky, two children are victims of abuse and neglect that can leave emotional and physical scars that last a lifetime. No doubt there are countless more cases that go unreported.

  • It's time for voters to pay attention

    The latest report I've seen from the Labor Department (which is tasked with keeping track of such things) is that the nation's core inflation rate is relatively flat. It told us that consumer prices rose just 0.5 percent for the January-March quarter. This low rate bodes well for the consumer (were it true), despite our sputtering economy and lack of jobs for our millions of unemployed.

  • Girl Scout cookie season comes to a close

    Another Girl Scout cookie season in Kentuckiana has come to a close. This year was our most successful ever, and we thank each and every member of our community for their continued support. Without you, we would not be able to provide outstanding leadership development programs to every girl who wants or needs them in our council.

    Supporters of the Girl Scout cookie program can be proud of their contribution. After all, Girl Scout cookies are MORE than just a cookie. Every Girl Scout cookie has a mission - to help girls do great things.

  • Student asks for Kentuckians' help

    My name is Katy Smith and I am working on a fourth grade state project and I got Kentucky. I was dying to get Kentucky, the Bluegrass State, and I got it. I was so glad to get your state.

    I would appreciate it if you could send me some small things from Kentucky, like postcards or pictures, a list of the horses that won the Kentucky Derby or where it's held (or anything from the Kentucky Derby, really) small souvenirs. Anything is great (but please nothing alive). Maybe you could send me this article.

  • Industrial hemp could be a blessing

    The scientific name is Cannabis Sativa. In modem times, cannabis used for industrial purposes is known as hemp and for medical use it is called marijuana, if a person smoked a truck load of hemp, he/she would only experience a severe headache. The variety referred to as marijuana has a much higher THC (chemical) factor than hemp.

  • Relay for Life planned June 10

    The American Cancer Society works in Kentucky communities to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay and get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. The ACS staff, community partners and its legion of dedicated volunteers are all working together - with the ultimate goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

    The ACS signature fundraising event, Relay For Life, helps raise millions of much-needed dollars to make the organization's programs and services a reality.

  • Invest in the future: Breastfeed your baby

    This relatively easy task will pay forward for many years to come. For the mom, it is a convenient and cheap way to nourish your child. Breastfeeding causes secretions of hormones, which give a feeling of happiness and well being and strengthens bonding; promotes a quick return to pre-pregnancy weight; and lowers the risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes and even cardiovascular disease throughout life.

  • Disappointed in Fiscal Court

    E-911 and Rescue are two of the most important services provided by our tax money. Both are very well run as I know from having used both recently.

    I'm very disappointed in James Jones and the other members of the Taylor Fiscal Court. They overspent on the jail and are now scrambling to pay for it.

    The City has run both of these services for years and they are very good at it.

    I like the Nelson County plan. Let the users of the services pay for them.

  • Anti-Drug Coalition thanks

    On behalf of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition, we would like to thank the following people for helping make the Truth or Consequences event at TCHS and CHS a great success.

    In addition, thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to share the experience with their teens.

  • How can this be?

    I recently read in the News-Journal "that both of us (city and county governments) are struggling financially." How can that be when less than two years ago there was a major tax increase for all people either living or working in the city?

    The majority of revenue for our local governments comes from taxes, taxes, taxes and 13 more taxes. Here is a list:

    Those living in the city pay these taxes:

    1. Occupational tax.

    2. Real property tax.

    3. Tangible tax (fixtures, equipment, inventory).

    4. Motor vehicle tax.