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Today's Opinions

  • Jail not the answer for truant students

    Kentucky is on the brink of sweeping reforms in how it treats youths who wind up in the court system - especially those who commit minor crimes or "status offenses," actions that would not be an offense at all for adults, such as running away or missing school.

  • Voters should get to make some decisions

    Midway through the 2014 legislative session, members of the General Assembly still can't find a way to do one simple thing: Let the voters of Kentucky decide whether they want change that could generate more revenue for their communities and help ease the cash crises facing so many cities and counties throughout the state.

  • Battle lies ahead for U.S. Senate race

    Change may come slowly to Kentucky, but things are definitely changing when it comes to public opinion about issues including smoking, gay marriage, medical marijuana, minimum wage and who should be the state's next U.S. senator.

    Those were among issues Kentuckians were asked about in the latest Bluegrass Poll, conducted by Survey USA in an expanded effort that for the first time brought together four major news organizations, including The Courier-Journal, WHAS-TV, the Lexington Herald-Leader and WKYT-TV in Lexington.

  • Campbellsville doesn't need yard sale ordinance

    Should Campbellsville residents be limited when it comes to having yard sales? We don't think so.

    While the Campbellsville City Council has been discussing the issue, we can't help but wonder where the real problem lies.

    Council members have discussed potential traffic problems, but it seems having police officers ticket those who create the traffic problem would be a better alternative than patrolling yard sales and possibly citing someone over a permit.

  • CKNJ rules of politics

    Every game has its rules, and politics are no different.

    Here at the CKNJ, we have our own rules that we follow when it comes to politics and our coverage of political events. They are in place to help us be as fair as possible to each candidate.

    When the political season rolls around, candidates begin by making an announcement of their intention to seek office. We welcome any candidate to do this, and we will publish one notice from each person declaring their candidacy.

  • Farmer sentencing was the right call

    Former Secretary of Agriculture Richie Farmer betrayed the public's trust through his illegal actions while in office, and we feel he received the appropriate sentence.

  • Eminent domain should not apply with pipeline

    Oklahoma-based Williams Co. and Texas-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners want to build a pipeline to pump natural gas liquids across the commonwealth. The partnership expects it will not be able to negotiate sales with 2 percent of landowners along the route.

    Although the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline's exact path is unknown, it will enter Kentucky in Bracken County and run through many central Kentucky counties to link up with an existing pipeline in Breckinridge County.

  • Find a way to help others this holiday season

    Find a way to help others this holiday season

     

    'Tis the season for so many things: decorations, presents, Santa, ice, snow, the flu.

    There are likely a hundred different things on your mind or your "to do" list at this very moment. Chances are, not all of them are pleasant. Actually, some of them probably incite worry.