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Today's Opinions

  • Where were all the voters?

    Where were the other 6,000 voters?

    On Nov. 4, Taylor County saw a record number of residents heading for the polls and casting their votes.

    In all, 65 percent, or 10,997, voters voted. However, the county also saw a record number of registered voters with 17,023.

    It stands to reason that there will always be a percentage of registered voters who don't vote, but 35 percent?

  • Take time to be thankful

    "Dear Lord ... Humble our hearts and make us truly thankful for these and all thy blessings. And bless our dear ones, wherever they may be. For Christ's sake ... Amen."

    Those are the words to my family's dinnertime blessing. I've known those words for all of my life, as have my children. My mother has said them all of her life, as did my grandmother before her.

    Most of the time, I simply say the words by rote, without really thinking of their meaning. But there are certain times during the year that it means more to me than others.

  • Band teaches more than just music

    Campbellsville High School Band Director Zach Shelton is excited and willing to work hard to reestablish the CHS Marching Band. And we're excited, too.

    The CHS band was once a powerhouse, with many trips to semifinal and final competitions. Those accomplishments made our community proud, and we're looking forward to feeling that pride again.

  • Marijuana: A Clear and Present Danger

    Dealing a blow to years of work and recent gains in youth drug prevention, Massachusetts has joined a growing, but still short, list of states to decriminalize marijuana possession.

    At least that is the intention of some 65 percent of voters checking "Yes" on a ballot initiative that makes possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a civil offense (punishable by a ticket) as opposed to a criminal one. And this on the same day that the same voters approved a ban on greyhound racing.

    Protect the dogs but throw the kids under the bus. Go figure.

  • Do more than just walk past

    After 100 years, we should all be familiar with the distinctive red kettles and their purpose. But how many of us have tossed in our spare change or even a few dollars to help those who need it during the holidays?

    Or do you walk right by the white wooden shelter with the shiny red kettle, pretending it's not even there?

    Consider the various Salvation Army volunteers. They give hours of their time to stand in the chill of winter, ringing a bell to - hopefully - grab our attention for a few seconds ... at least long enough for us to donate to their cause.

  • Sleep for the stubborn

    I noticed that the Sleep Center is having a ribbon cutting [today]. Without exaggerating, I honestly believe Dr. Assar El-Atfy and his team of sleep technicians saved my life.

    I had not rested for decades. I can remember first having trouble falling asleep in class as a fourth grader. By high school, I slept a little in practically every class. I never felt rested. My eyes usually burned with the urge to sleep. I was never safe to drive out of town because of my constant sleepiness. This pattern grew worse over a 25-year period.

  • 'Tis the season to volunteer

    The holiday season will soon be upon us, which is synonymous with celebrations that joyfully include food, families and friends. The holidays are also known to bring a sense of community that people express by spend time helping others.

  • When you don't snooze, you lose

    Here at the newspaper, we get news releases on an hourly basis from various groups and organizations across the country. Most probably don't realize we're a community paper and, that if it doesn't affect Taylor County or its residents, then we're probably not too interested.

    But every now and then, one comes across my desk - or into my e-mail's inbox - and it catches my attention. I opened one such e-mail the other day, and the first thought that passed through my mind was, "Well, duh ..."