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Today's Opinions

  • How to make a change

    This nation was won with blood, sweat and tears and designed with the wisdom of good God-fearing men and women who were bound together with love of country. Their goal was God and country.

    Today, we seem to be divided in every way. The people do not trust our elected officials, either state or federal. I was just watching five preachers on KET and one of them almost called the other one a liar right on television. This is terrible and something is terribly wrong.

  • Amazed at columnist's opinion

    I was amazed at the comment in Calen McKinney's opinion column in the Monday, Oct. 13 issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal. To quote Ms. McKinney, "I certainly hope the jail is successful and stays full."

    Stays full? What level have we sunk to when we hope a jail stays full so we can pay for it? It is my hope that the jails and prisons in this country will eventually go out of business — that there will cease to be a need for them.

  • Will you be the next victim?

    STOP! Are you going to be the next person to cause a traffic wreck, or, will you be the next victim?

    According to the 2007 Kentucky State Police Crime and Traffic Report, there were 37,750 traffic accidents that occurred in state intersections. Friday had the most of any day of the week - 22,183; and October had the highest monthly total with 11,320.

  • One child becomes the designated caretaker

    If parents are unable to fulfill their roles in the family, then one of the children usually steps in. The parents may be unable to do the job of parenting for a variety of reasons: alcoholism, illness, drug abuse, physical or verbal abuse, depression, anxiety and absences from the family.

    Often (but not always) the oldest female child will fill this role. She becomes the designated caretaker both for the younger children and possibly for Mom and Dad as well.

    While the following characters are fictitious, the stories reflect a real situation for many children.

  • CU Homecoming

    Campbellsville University's homecoming celebration two weekends ago attracted more than 2,000 people to our community.

    From football to classic cars to pumpkin painting, CU offered many events for graduates, students and community members to enjoy.

    And much of it was free.

    At a time when money is tight, that's a plus for everyone.

    Our hats are off to CU homecoming organizers. We hope next year is even better.

  • Football memories

    Fall has to be my favorite time of year - the trees in Kentucky begin to take on a myriad of color and the cooler weather brings relief from summer's hazy days.

    But, by far, my favorite fall activity is watching college football, especially teams in the Southeastern Conference.

    I have mentioned in previous columns that I'm a Georgia Bulldog fan because I'm from Georgia. Though my football playing days were few growing up in south Georgia, I have always loved football.

  • If we build it, will they come?

    I'll admit it. I was against Taylor County building its own jail.

    But here we are, preparing for the opening of the 200-plus bed detention center to house our - and hopefully other counties' - prisoners.

    When discussions began about the possibility of building a new jail to go along with the state-funded judicial center, I was immediately reluctant.

    How will we pay for this without raising taxes? Will there be enough inmates to go around? Will we be able to negotiate contracts with other counties? Will we be sorry we did this?

  • State responds to price gouging

    Let me first say that it has been heartening to see communities across Kentucky pull together to help those in need following the devastating windstorm that swept across our state on Sept. 14.

    Families were put to the test with damaged homes, loss of power and in some cases, the loss of life. As Kentuckians so often do when faced with adversity, we responded with kindness, compassion and concern for our neighbors.