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Today's Opinions

  • Our important obligation

    "Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence."

    - Bernard Montgomery

    While it may often be unfair, elected officials are held to a higher accountability than the average person. Their character, their pasts, their integrity - all are intensely scrutinized.

    Look, for example, at the current presidential campaign. If what's going on in newspapers and on television stations across the country isn't intense scrutiny we don't know what is.

  • Putting public record on the record

    From speeding tickets, misdemeanors and indictments to marriages, divorces and land transfers, the News-Journal publishes a myriad of public records.

    Do you read them? How interested are you in reading about them? Which of them are you more interested in?

    We honestly want to know what you think.

    That's why the Central Kentucky News-Journal is conducting a reader survey about public records. We would appreciate your opinion on the content of the News-Journal's On the Record page - what you read, what you don't read and what you think about it.

  • The pickup deserves its own praise on National Agriculture Day

    March 20 is the first day of spring, and it's also National Agriculture Day.

    And that means it's an appropriate time to salute our local farmers.

    I could write volumes about tobacco quotas and foreign imports and the need to buy American, and how our farmers are struggling to keep the rest of us fat and prosperous.

    But I'm not going to do that.

    I've decided it's time another icon of American self-reliance and rural independence received some appreciation. And I don't think farmers will mind at all.

    It's something near and dear to each and every one of them.

  • Go ahead, tax cigarettes

    A few evenings ago, some friends and I were discussing our state budget and the problem our governor has in trying to balance it and satisfy all factions. Yesterday's state newspaper, though, had the gratifying news that he was doubtful of the success of his pet plan of casino gambling. In fact, the news went so far as to suggest he was looking favorably at increasing cigarette taxes as a last resort.

  • Smoking prohibited elsewhere

    I was catching up on reading recent columns after being out of town for a while and noticed, at the end of an article about a proposed smoking ban, that there was interest in having additional public input about the issue. To this end I offer these thoughts ...

    We've been residents of Taylor County for just under two years and love it. The terrain, the people, the weather, the whole package - it's the best place in the country - with one exception, smoking in restaurants and public places.

  • Don't blame others when it's our own fault

    Sometimes, we just don't know what's good for us. But when things go wrong, it's sure easy to blame someone other than ourselves.

    A story on today's front page details a problem local officials are facing with residents and their house numbers.

    Logically, one would think that posting a house number on one's home would be a no-brainer. But apparently not everyone is thinking logically.

  • End of writers' strike is welcome relief

    For the last three months, I've tried to balance feelings of relief and frustration over the Hollywood writers' strike.

  • Checkups: For peace of mind

    Do you know the importance of getting your child a yearly checkup? Knowing if your child is healthy by getting his or her annual check-up can give parents peace of mind.

    Annual check-ups can alert parents of existing or potential health problems. Checkups should include: medical history, growth and development, vision, hearing, nutrition, recommended lab tests, immunizations and health education.