Today's Opinions

  • Don't trash the Bluegrass

    Just the other day, I saw the pastor, members and youth of Elk Horn Baptist Church picking up garbage on the side of the road. They cleaned more than 15 miles of highway and ended up with many, many bags of garbage. I would like to thank them for their service to the community.

    When I was a little boy, I tossed some trash out of the window of our car. When my mother realized what I had done, she explained to me that we don't throw garbage out the window because it takes many years to rot and asked what I thought it would look like if everybody threw their garbage out the window.

  • Political letter deadline

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal welcomes letters on a variety of topics, including letters about political races and candidates.

    We anticipate there will be letters written supporting and possibly criticizing candidates. If you support a candidate, write and tell our readers the reasons why. If there's a candidate you don't particularly like, you can write about that, too.

    Use good taste and don't libel anyone. You can say what you believe, but personal attacks or allegations that cannot be verified will not be accepted.

  • Practice makes perfect

    My middle school age son came home from school and said he needed to make a volcano for a project. OK, I thought, that shouldn't be too difficult.

    So we headed off for the store to buy modeling clay. On the way, however, he informed me that we would also need vinegar and baking soda. And lots of it. To practice.

    "To practice what?" I asked.

    "The explosion," he answered.

    Of course, I belatedly realized, we couldn't possibly have a volcano without an explosion of lava to accompany it.

  • 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.