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Today's Opinions

  • Community newspapers still on top

    Newspaper readership is down. That's certainly no secret with the downsizing going on at many of the large metropolitan newspapers across the country. However, community newspapers are still in large demand, and we're not looking for that to change anytime soon.

    Sure, we see Lexington and Louisville television news channel reporters in town occasionally. But do we see them here on a regular basis? What about the state newspapers?

    Of course not. They only show up when "big" news occurs ... and even then it's usually only for "bad" news.

  • There's nothing like a good book

    I have always loved to read. It seems I haven't been able to do as much of it in the past few years, but I always have a good book on my nightstand just waiting for me to turn its pages.

    Books can take us anywhere. We can become anyone, learn about anything, go through tragic and inspirational situations and still manage to come out alive - and perhaps wiser for having made it through.

    We can take a break from our everyday lives - and perhaps even reality - just by reading a good book.

  • What American is all about

    This is what America is all about, the first African American to reach the highest office in our country, the United States Presidency. From the back of a bus to the forefront of the White House, a black president in office is a victory for all of us Americans, no matter what color we are.

  • November is National Adoption Month

    Dave Thomas, Lee Majors, former President Bill Clinton and Halle Berry. What do these famous people have in common? They were all adopted by someone who cared.

    November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and Gov. Steve Beshear has concurred, it is Adoption Awareness Month in Kentucky.

  • Problems at the polls

    Thank you for printing the sample ballot in the paper, because if you had not, I would not have voted on the correct one.

    The poll workers, the same ones who have been there year after year, did not hand me the correct ballot. In fact, they did not know whether to give many of the people a city or a county ballot. They were passing the people on to vote before they had checked the book. They were guessing.

  • Taylor County Clerk's response

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney had this response:

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and tell us about the concerns you had on Election Day. I am glad to hear how the ballot being printed in the paper is used by voters in preparation for the Election. The County spends lots of money every election to advertise the ballot in the newspaper. The cost of the advertisement depends upon the size of ballot. The cost to run the ballot in the paper this year was $589.68, but it is money well spent when voters take the time to review it.

  • Why did you get so lucky?

    If you're not a regular subscriber to the Central Kentucky News-Journal, we bet you're wondering why you've received a copy of today's issue. Well, we wanted to show you what you've been missing.

    The News-Journal has the largest circulation in the community (see Editor Rebecca Cassell's column at right) of any printed material. And if you're not a regular subscriber, we believe it's only because you haven't realized just how important your community newspaper is.

    And there's no better way to prove our point than to simply show it to you.

  • It's up to us to make the right choice

    For weeks and weeks, OK ... make that months and months, we've been inundated with advertisements and speeches and photo ops from our national election candidates.

    Well, we're down to the wire now. And history will be made - we will elect either a black President or a female Vice President.

    But all of the hullabaloo of the past months aside, when you walk into the voting booth and close the curtain, it's important to ask yourself a few honest questions:

    - When I choose a candidate, am I truly voting for the candidate I believe will do the best job?