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Letters

  • Where does the buck stop?

    In recent weeks, I have tried to find out that very answer. The buck in question is: Who is responsible for the traffic in front of Campbellsville Elementary School?

    Well, let me tell you all the answers I have received so far.

    First was the superintendent's response. Basically, I was told that there isn't enough money to pay an officer to direct traffic, but that I should call the transportation director for help.

  • Baptist Association against alcohol sales

    The Taylor County Baptist Association is concerned about the ongoing effort to place a local option on the ballot in the City of Campbellsville that would allow for the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants under certain conditions.

  • Go ahead, tax cigarettes

    A few evenings ago, some friends and I were discussing our state budget and the problem our governor has in trying to balance it and satisfy all factions. Yesterday's state newspaper, though, had the gratifying news that he was doubtful of the success of his pet plan of casino gambling. In fact, the news went so far as to suggest he was looking favorably at increasing cigarette taxes as a last resort.

  • Smoking prohibited elsewhere

    I was catching up on reading recent columns after being out of town for a while and noticed, at the end of an article about a proposed smoking ban, that there was interest in having additional public input about the issue. To this end I offer these thoughts ...

    We've been residents of Taylor County for just under two years and love it. The terrain, the people, the weather, the whole package - it's the best place in the country - with one exception, smoking in restaurants and public places.

  • Checkups: For peace of mind

    Do you know the importance of getting your child a yearly checkup? Knowing if your child is healthy by getting his or her annual check-up can give parents peace of mind.

    Annual check-ups can alert parents of existing or potential health problems. Checkups should include: medical history, growth and development, vision, hearing, nutrition, recommended lab tests, immunizations and health education.

  • 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?