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Letters

  • Against all odds, many teens are doing just fine

    Millions of American teens ringing in the New Year as responsible, confident, successful and contributing members of their communities - what are the odds? Actually, pretty good according to Teens Today research from SADD.

    A survey of more than 2,700 middle and high school students revealed that most young people have a positive sense of self: feeling good about their progress on the key developmental tasks of establishing an identity, achieving independence and building meaningful relationships with peers.

  • Timber theft a real problem

    Timber theft is out of control in Kentucky. Just in Eastern Kentucky, recent cases have been reported in Harlan, Pike, Knott, Letcher, Morgan, Rockcastle, Madison and other counties.

    Those most often victimized are the elderly and disabled - the ones least able to defend themselves. The expense involved in either civil or criminal cases keeps legal action from being a practical recourse for most victims.

  • Frances: A worthy woman

    She asked nothing from anyone, yet she elicited smile, hugs and "I love you's" to everyone she met.

    As we entered Campbellsville Baptist church, men and women would speak to her, hug her and say, "I love you."

    As we went down the hall to the auditorium, everyone waved and said hello or "I love you."

  • Give students their summers back

    Senate Bill 134, "The Family Summer Vacation Preservation Bill" is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Education Committee. This bill will mandate that Kentucky schools not start before the third full week in August.

    The reasons that this bill is moving forward are abundantly clear. Putting our kids on "rolling ovens" i.e. school busses, allowing oppressive heat to run up district utility bills, and crippling Kentucky's tourist business to the tune of $115 million are the unconscionable effects of beginning school in early August.

  • Tax returns aren't right

    Well, here I am yet again having to discuss something else in adding to a subtraction - an additional situation subtracting the amount of income I make each year. This time it has to do with income tax returns and W2 forms.

    Is it just me, or are W2 forms looking somewhat ..."not right"? I've heard a number of people comment about how their W2 forms didn't look quite right, as if it didn't actually state what they should have paid in for the past year for as much as they worked. Does anybody else out there kind of get that impression?

  • Democrats divvy up responsibilities

    As we head into 2008, voters are becoming more aware each day of the upcoming election contests happening at all levels of government, from your local officials to the President of the United States.

    The Kentucky Democratic Party is energized as we prepare to support all of our candidates in the General Election this fall. A vital part of our preparations is the upcoming Democratic Party Reorganization and Convention process.

  • Gambling always expands; problem gamblers need help now

    Gambling activity will continue to increase in Kentucky. This predicable increase is not part of any proposal to expand forms of currently legal gambling in the commonwealth. It is due to the nature of business. Because gambling will continue its inexorable growth, it is time - now - for Kentucky to address existing problem gambling issues.

    The business operation of gambling in America is reflective of the nation's capitalist economy. This is instructive, not surprising. For any business to succeed, anywhere, it must align with the society in which it competes.

  • Show we care, ban smoking

    Campbellsville has a great opportunity with the smoke-free restaurant ordinance. We have the chance to level the playing field for our hospitality employees.

    By making all restaurants 100 percent smoke-free, we can offer both our restaurant workers and patrons the same clean air found in many of Campbellsville office buildings. In order to do this, we must recognize that enclosed smoking rooms with separate ventilation do not work.

  • Gun-free zones

    Has anyone stopped to consider how stupid it is for a college, a mall, a church or any other place to hang a sign up declaring itself a "gun-free" zone? Is this not like an invitation to every deranged psycho with a chip on his shoulder and a taste for publicity and their "15 minutes of fame" to go in and shoot up a bunch of defenseless people?

    People who would otherwise not be defenseless, at least not in states that allow citizens the right to carry concealed, as I am proud to say Kentucky is one of.

  • Be aware of school shootings

    How many shootings are we going to have in this country - from post offices and factories to whole families? The really horrible ones were in schools in Illinois and Virginia.

    I really think all schools should have armed guards, especially universities. We need unannounced searches on lockers and desks at all our schools.

    Employees should watch for anything wrong. This is for protection. They need to look for firearms and dope.

    Campbellsville has a fine university and almost a full attendance. Just be aware.

    Don't wait until it's too late.

    Henry Berry