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Today's Opinions

  • Luster leaving tobacco farming

    What used to be the backbone of Taylor County farmers' livelihoods is quickly becoming an overwhelming burden.

    Over the past few years, it has become glaringly obvious that tobacco has gotten further and further away from being the viable cash crop it once was for many present and former burley growers.

    While farmers have been preparing for this inevitability for several years now, it continues to be a difficult adjustment for some.

  • Save that tax rebate

    This spring, 130 million Americans will receive a tax rebate thanks to the economic stimulus package just signed by President Bush. Single earners who take home less than $75,000 will find a $600 check in their mailbox. Married couples with a combined income of under $150,000 will get $1,200, plus $300 for each of their children.

    For those who are single, that's enough for a top-of-the-line iPhone. Couples could go out and buy a 50-inch plasma television. If you have kids, there'll even be money left over for a Nintendo Wii.

  • Tax returns aren't right

    Well, here I am yet again having to discuss something else in adding to a subtraction - an additional situation subtracting the amount of income I make each year. This time it has to do with income tax returns and W2 forms.

    Is it just me, or are W2 forms looking somewhat ..."not right"? I've heard a number of people comment about how their W2 forms didn't look quite right, as if it didn't actually state what they should have paid in for the past year for as much as they worked. Does anybody else out there kind of get that impression?

  • Democrats divvy up responsibilities

    As we head into 2008, voters are becoming more aware each day of the upcoming election contests happening at all levels of government, from your local officials to the President of the United States.

    The Kentucky Democratic Party is energized as we prepare to support all of our candidates in the General Election this fall. A vital part of our preparations is the upcoming Democratic Party Reorganization and Convention process.

  • Skinheads send message about child cancer

    Whether it's through a parent, a spouse, a child, a grandparent, a friend, or even ourselves, cancer will reach out its deadly hand and touch us all. And that's why we should all be concerned with research into its cure.

    What would have killed us 50, 20 or even just five years ago, is now treatable - thanks to research.

    And that's what gives us hope.

    As the second leading cause of the death in the U.S., cancer will affect all too many of us. We each have a risk - experts say half of all men and a third of all women will be diagnosed with some form of the disease.

  • Enjoy a good book with friends

    Do you enjoy a good book? Would you love to have a chance to talk to others who're reading the same book? Well, you may soon get that chance.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal is interested in sponsoring a community book group. With help from the Taylor County Public Library and the Taylor County Extension Office, the group would meet once every few months.

    There would be no membership or mandatory attendance or even dues. Just a group of people getting together to talk about a great book.

  • Gambling always expands; problem gamblers need help now

    Gambling activity will continue to increase in Kentucky. This predicable increase is not part of any proposal to expand forms of currently legal gambling in the commonwealth. It is due to the nature of business. Because gambling will continue its inexorable growth, it is time - now - for Kentucky to address existing problem gambling issues.

    The business operation of gambling in America is reflective of the nation's capitalist economy. This is instructive, not surprising. For any business to succeed, anywhere, it must align with the society in which it competes.

  • Tax relief heading to Kentucky taxpayers

    The American economy has enjoyed six straight years of uninterrupted growth. But recently, that growth appears to be slowing. In my travels across Kentucky, I've met many families who are uncertain about their economic future, and I felt Congress had to act.

    I'm glad to report that we did by passing a bipartisan economic-growth package that will act as a "booster shot" for our economy by providing fast tax relief to American taxpayers.