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Today's Opinions

  • Organ donors give the gift of life

     

    My dad has had a change of heart recently.

    Actually, he received a new heart via transplant on Sept. 29.

    In a way, it had been a long time coming, but in other ways, the wait was extremely short.

    Dad’s heart problems began when I was in high school, and he was about to turn 37 years old.

    In the summer of 1988, I was gone on a trip with friends to Charleston, South Carolina. My parents were home and my mom was getting ready to go to a friend’s wedding just up the street from our house.

  • School district should name superintendent finalists

    The Taylor County Board of Education is getting its superintendent search underway, as it was announced Monday night that 12 candidates had placed their names into the mix to be the leader of the district.

    The process is just in the early stages, and a superintendent is not expected to be announced until the beginning of June. There is still a lot to be discussed and evaluated moving forward, but one thing the board should keep in mind as this process unfolds is transparency.

  • Smith recognizes CIS board members

     

    Kentucky is once again observing the month of January as School Board Recognition Month.

    As superintendent, and on behalf of the parents, students, teachers and all community partners, I want to thank Board members Pat Hall, Suzanne Wilson, Barkley Taylor, Angie Johnson and Mitch Overstreet.

    These Board members serve our school and community with integrity and honor. They are committed to our children’s future.

  • Community remembers Bobby Brockman

     

    Bobby Brockman always wrote wonderful things about everyone connected to Taylor County sports, words we were able to read, clip and treasure from the CKNJ. It is our privilege to now write wonderful things about Bobby, though sadly, he will not read them.

  • Newspaper's dedication to community will continue

     

    For more than 100 years, this newspaper, or a version of it by various names, has brought the news to Taylor County.

  • Keeping the 'mean man' away

     

    With my arm draped around my almost 5-year-old grandson, I draw him close as he munches on his cheese burger. We’re nestled in a booth at his favorite fast food restaurant.

    Then, his question: “PopPop, you won’t let any mean man get me, will you?”

    I know why he asks.

  • Stop the spread of hate and racism

    I have spent a significant amount of time reading and trying to gather as much information about the horrific events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend. Masses of protesters and counter-protesters clashed and one person was killed and 19 or 20 others injured when a 20-year-old man from Ohio (but recently moved from the Florence, Kentucky area) drove his car into the crowd, plowing over anyone and everyone in his path.

  • Kentucky students need longer summers

    As we turn the page on July 2017, I find myself asking the same question once again, “Is summer over already?” To the disappointment of most Kentucky students, and many parents, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.”