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Today's Opinions

  • Kentucky students need, deserve KEES funding

    It is beyond me why our new governor is proposing to cut funding for the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship by 15 percent as a part of his new budget.

    I understand that our state is in debt when it comes to the current budget situation, but can't he find money elsewhere? Why does he have the right to take our KEES money away?

    Students all across the state are striving for academic excellence, and I as one of them expect the reward I have been promised.

  • ARC needs people to get involved

    I want to invite everyone interested to the ARC of Lake Cumberland Area meeting. ARC is a national organization that advocates for people with developmental disabilities/mental retardation. The monthly meetings are held at the Golden Corral in Somerset on Highway 27 at noon on the fourth Thursday of every month. The meeting is open to consumers, family members and concerned citizens.

  • Kentucky Baptist Convention opposes expanded gambling

    On behalf of the Kentucky Baptist Convention's Committee on Public Affairs, I want to express our strong opposition to the effort to expand gambling by bringing casinos to our Commonwealth. We realize that the current state budget situation makes gambling expansion an attractive short-term fix to problems. However, we believe the benefits touted by the gambling industry are more imagined than real.

  • Join us in celebrating Black History

    "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."

    -From Maya Angelou's "On the Pulse of Morning"

    Beginning with today's issue and continuing through the month of February, the Central Kentucky News-Journal will be running a four-part series highlighting Campbellsville residents in honor of Black History Month.

  • Lewis' antics give him a black eye

    Not many of us get a chance to choose our successor. Most of us wouldn't consider it part of our job.

    That's how it is in the private sector. But politics are different.

    My cynical mind tells me Congressman Ron Lewis was trying to handpick his successor - Daniel London - last week when one filed and the other withdrew all within a few minutes of each other, so close to the filing deadline.

  • February is American Heart Month

    The elderly man hunched over from age, shuffling down the sidewalk.

    The older lady in the wheelchair with oxygen feeding through her nostrils.

    That's the face of heart disease in America, isn't it?

    Look at the face on this column mug. A healthy-looking 40-year-old woman.

    That's also the face of heart disease and a heart attack survivor.

  • Councilman says smoking ban unnecessary

    When discussing smoking bans, arguments about health dangers are usually the first to be raised. I would like to settle this dispute once and for all with airtight evidence that smoking is dangerous to both smokers and those in their company.

    Even if tomorrow the Surgeon General took back every negative claim that has been released about how harmful tobacco smoke is, and we had solid scientific proof that inhaling smoke was no more harmful than breathing fresh air, smokers still pose a danger to themselves and others.

  • Dental exam a good idea if you can afford it

    A bill being proposed in the state legislature would require children to have a dental exam before starting school. Students today already must have a physical exam, an eye exam and up-to-date immunizations. And an addition such as this, while it could pose a hardship for some families, certainly makes sense.

    A similar bill was first proposed about seven years ago. Each year, however, it has gotten lost in the legislative process.