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Today's Opinions

  • Open government is good government

    The early leaders of our country held widely divergent views on many topics, but their writings reflect a common appreciation of the importance of the right to know. These leaders recognized that in order for the new democracy to survive, public access was essential. As James Madison wrote: "[A] people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

  • Wherefore art thou?

    I'll admit, it was a little odd to be talking Shakespeare with a class of third-graders. Especially since they knew more than I did.

    I was a guest Monday of Becky Grant's third-grade class at Taylor County Elementary School. I was there to talk with the students about their performance the day before of Shakespeare's infamous tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet." And what a performance it was.

  • Think before you vote

    To parents, soon-to-be parents, grandparents and those who really do have concern about what kind of nation and city you live in, do the parents of school kids really want their children to spend eight hours at school, 3-4 hours of homework so they can score high on a Commonwealth Accountability Test System to help Kentucky school systems look good or maybe smart as other states?

  • Grateful for Taylor County upbringing

    In a recent telephone conversation with a cousin, Rose Richerson Wise of Brenham, Texas, we exchanged several complimenting comments about our lives in Taylor County, which I want to pass on to those who knew us in our youth and are still alive to read this.

    Through example, our families and neighbors instilled in us values and codes of conduct, which have stood us in good stead in our communities. Our teachers taught us the value of learning.

    So thank you Taylor County, Ky. for having provided us sturdy blocks upon which to base our principles.

    Margaret C. Minke

  • Alcohol sales won't increase drinking

    It was with little surprise that I read in Monday's paper that the Baptist Association has once again published its "Where As" statement regarding the upcoming vote on city alcohol sales.

    Let's not confuse the issue. This vote has little if anything to do with Christianity.

    Alcohol is currently being consumed at the American Legion and Campbellsville Country Club. Are there Christians who go to the American Legion and drink? Probably so. Are there Christians who go to the CCC and drink? Probably so. Does that make them any less Christian? Of course not.

  • City made only parking decision it could

    Campbellsville City Council's decision to change the parking on Main Street to include parallel spaces along the south side was a necessary one - for a number of reasons.

    There were no established standards for roads back when Main Street was built, so it's too narrow for many of today's larger vehicles. And that makes for close quarters on busy days.

    In addition, Main Street is a choice for many who are hoping to bypass the congestion that sometimes occurs on Broadway. That only adds to the traffic and the potential that the crowded parking creates.

  • Hold that newspaper obituary

    For years community newspapers have been riding the coattails of metropolitan dailies. The ride hasn't been all that great.

    Nationally, newspaper readership has taken its share of hits and criticisms. But what we knew in the community journalism business was never allowed to make forecasting reports because the data from our sector was jaded by the dailies, where a different story was emerging.

  • Wishes for drug and dope free America

    I noticed that Karen Hayes, Campbellsville Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition, says we should show we care - ban smoking.

    Well, I care what alcohol, marijuana and all the other pills and needles do. Some quit smoking so they get on dope so no one will notice. All this above will cause death, beat on children, molest their parents, hemorrhage though the nose, burn up your brain, cause cirrhosis of the liver and eventually death.