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Today's Opinions

  • 'Like' is a four-letter word

    At the risk of sounding like a grouchy old person who just doesn't understand the younger generation, I'm going to share an issue with you that has finally bubbled over, and I can no longer quietly tolerate it.

    I'm not sure when it started, but somewhere in the last few years, perhaps even farther back, I've noticed that younger people have been using the word "like" way too often, and they're also using it incorrectly.

  • Ready for the holidays

     

    I was headed to Louisville for the day. While those in the car were surfing local radio stations, the dial settled on one that surprised me. It was Louisville's all Christmas station. This was the Saturday after Halloween.

    While normally I would have started talking about how commercialized the holidays are and we can't even have a few weeks after Halloween before Thanksgiving and Christmas are at the forefront of our lives, I enjoyed the music. And it got me thinking about the upcoming holidays. And, I started to look forward to them.

  • Kentucky's GED test needs to keep pace

    Employers, colleges and vocational schools have long recognized the GED test as a high school equivalency degree. It was developed in the 1940s so American soldiers returning from World War II could use the GI Bill to advance to college. Many had left for the military without finishing high school.

  • Meant to be a marathon

     

    "If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon."

    -Kathrine Switzer

     

    Oct. 13, 2013 - and the journey to get there - changed my life.

    That day, I, along with more than 40,000 other brave souls, ran the Chicago Marathon.

    And, during those 26.2 miles (and the 600 miles of training runs prior to the race), something inside of me changed.

    That might sound corny to some of you, but it's the truth.

  • CKNJ settling in to its new home

     

    To paraphrase a song from one of my favorite artists, Bob Seger, we packed up our bags and we took off down the road.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal moved to a new location earlier this month, and while we aren't finished, things are starting to feel like home.

    Like any good move, we had a plan. Also like any move, there were things that were unexpected. And now, with the move mostly complete, we have some boxes that are not unpacked and things that aren't where they belong, but we're getting there.

  • Project Graduation supporters thanked

    Taylor County Class of 2014 had its first fundraiser for Project Graduation on Friday, Oct. 18. Roadblocks were held at two intersections on the Campbellsville Bypass.

    We would like to thank all of the people who donated. Each donation was greatly appreciated, and helped make this fundraiser a huge success.

    We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who offered their time to help the senior class of 2014. Once again, thank you each and every individual who contributed to our Project Graduation.

    Shannon Lee, secretary/treasurer

  • Something to talk about

    She lowered her eyes as if she were too ashamed to look at me. Her quivering voice revealed the emotional pain she was experiencing: “Pastor, what those people are saying about me just isn’t true.”

  • State failing in education spending

    In Fiscal Year 2008, Kentucky spent $21.7 million buying textbooks for students in the state's public school system.

    Today, free textbooks in K-12 public schools have gone the way of the dinosaur and the dodo bird. They became the extinct victims of substantial cuts in state spending on education in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

    While avoiding free textbooks' fate of complete eradication, other important K-12 programs took significant post-recession hits as well.