• Fed up with corruption

    What's happening currently in Taylor County is a microcosm, or a small-scale version, of what is happening in Kentucky, and even more so in our federal government. Like a spoiled child, our government officials spend and spend to get whatever they want, and they are not concerned with the debt that they will leave behind to our children and grandchildren or the effort it took to achieve the success that they are squandering.

  • Don't cut arts budget

    The U.S. House of Representatives is on track to cut $43 million from the National Endowment for the Arts' budget of $167.5 million. That's a 26 percent cut - the deepest in 16 years.

    Our Senators should prevent these deep cuts from happening when they take up this legislation at the end of this month.

  • Kentucky's success story

    As the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I serve as a member of the board of trustees of the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System. In both capacities, I am very interested in the dissonant nature of recent media reports about public sector pay and pensions.

  • Impressed with Upward Basketball

    This basketball season was my first to follow the Upward Basketball program. My granddaughters Sydney and Madison both participated as cheerleaders.

    This certainly is a good program for children. Campbellsville and Taylor County owe Campbellsville Baptist Church a debt of gratitude for hosting these games and opening their facilities to the community and county.

    Phil Allan Bertram


  • Iowa student asks for help

    Hello! My name is Bryce W. I am a fifth-grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.

    My class is studying the geography and history of the United States. I have a state with the nicest people. I would greatly appreciate it if you would send me a postcard, souvenir, state map or any other information about Kentucky.

    My teacher would like to have a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I really appreciate your time.

    Bryce W.

    Mrs. Newlin's Class

  • It's all about who you know

    My name is Carol McKinney. I have lived in Campbellsville for most of my life. All my children lived here, there I am a lucky lady.

    But my grandchildren, who were born and raised here, are going to have to move.

    My granddaughter just graduated from Campbellsville University with a bachelor's degree in social work, and my grandson's wife graduated with a degree in business, but neither one can find work. And my grandsons can do anything in construction, but one cannot work because there is no work and the other lucked into a job at a pizza restaurant.

  • I'm giving myself the creeps

    I started not to write this article. It's about cemetery plots. This is only my third sentence, but I've already got the creeps.

    When I was a kid, the old folks used to gather and talk about their cemetery plots. I would leave the room. When I returned, they had usually progressed to the fire on Judgment Day. I would leave the room again.

    "Where is your plot, Lettie?" one of the old folks would ask another.

    "On the knoll."

    "Not much shade up there."

  • Thanks for editorial

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition and the Central KY-ASAP Local Board wish to thank Central Kentucky News-Journal for publishing the editorial on Feb. 10 focusing on prescription drug abuse.

    More than 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, about 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

  • Payday lending a viable option

    An entire industry is under siege in Kentucky.

    Special interest groups are lobbying state lawmakers to pass House Bill 182, an ill-conceived and misguided piece of legislation that will destroy Kentucky's payday lending industry while adding to the state's unemployment rolls and increasing the amount of unused retail space.

  • School Board member has his say

    David Hall, a member of the Taylor County School Board, submitted the following as a letter to the editor. Hall wasn’t available for comment for a story about the Tuesday, Feb. 8 Board meeting before press time. Superintendent Roger Cook’s response is included below.

    I didn't lose my voice, but I hadn't found it effective in persuasion inside the executive session as was evidenced by the final 4 to 1 public vote to purchase land at the last Taylor County School Board meeting.