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Today's Opinions

  • User fee our way to financial security

    User fees. They are the fad, aren't they? As communities continue to shrivel in the face of mounting budget pressure, more of them are being creative. They're learning how to generate money without injuring the pocketbooks of the people who live there 24-7.

    Case in point: In Erlanger, Ky. if you're at fault in a wreck and you're from somewhere else, expect to pay extra for police work.

  • Franklin is a great choice

    In regards to Scott Franklin's recent appointment to the assistant principal's job at Taylor County High School, congratulations Coach!

    You were my favorite teacher in eighth grade and this job could not have come to a better guy. If you are reading this, I wish you the best of luck and I know that you will do well with it. You always think about the welfare of us as students.

    Again, good luck in the years ahead.

    Ryan D. Cable

    Berea, Ky.

  • We will not abandon you

    The lack of support shown by national lawmakers to give troops the support needed to achieve their mission has become egregious. Americans wag at political assertions of troop support as the mission is obstructed. Every day, it seems as if another public official has claimed that victory in Iraq is impossible. This would come as quite a shock to the fighting soldiers. They know better. They also know that such proclamations are made solely for political gain, and are perhaps most welcomed by the enemies they fight.

  • City Schools need to go that extra mile

    We hear the words more often lately - budget cuts, recession, economic downturn. No one is sheltered from the ramifications - especially our government agencies that count on tax dollars to make ends meet.

    So, it comes as no real surprise that one of our school systems is looking at the possibility of raising the mileage fee it charges school groups for extracurricular trips.

    We can be relatively sure that there will be many more such proposals if budget cuts reach the level already being discussed in Frankfort.

    We don't have a problem with legitimate discussion.

  • Sexual abuse laws need to be toughened

    Did you know that in Kentucky there is a tougher penalty for cock fighting, if you own one of the roosters or the fight occurs on your property, than for sexually abusing a 12-year-old child?

    The following changes to Kentucky's sexual abuse laws are being proposed. House Bill 211 includes the following:

    - Changing the ages covered in first-degree child sexual abuse (defined as abuse other than rape or sodomy) from "up to 12" to "up to 16 years of age."

  • News judgment is distressing

    As a 24-year resident of Campbellsville, I have watched with dismay as the News-Journal has featured person after person on the front page as a result of their indictment or run-in with the law.

    I can only imagine the grief caused to the family and friends of those so featured. I can only wonder why that qualifies as front-page news?

  • Presidential campaigns are energizing

    "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for a more common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for The United States of America."

    Every election, be it Fiscal Court, City Council, Senate or Presidential, we the people, have the opportunity to form a more perfect union. We all have the chance to promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty.

  • Dope dealers need to be registered too

    Isn't it nice to see Kentucky potentially be the vanguard of a national movement instead of its hind end?

    Right now, Kansas is the only state in the U.S. (that I am aware of at least) that has established a system of registration for convicted dope dealers and manufacturers. Kentucky could join Kansas if BR273, sponsored by Middlesboro Rep. Rick Nelson, passes this year's General Assembly.