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Today's Opinions

  • Save your life, be more heart healthy

    We all want to live a good long life. But let's be honest. We don't always take the care we should with our bodies. We don't eat right. We don't get enough exercise. We smoke.

    And that takes its toll on our bodies ... specifically, our hearts.

    Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S.

    And since 1963, each February has been declared as "American Heart Month" to help raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases.

    A story in last week's News-Journal told the story of two men who have had heart attacks - and successful recoveries.

  • The psychology of good behavior

    The other night when I mysteriously picked up a pair of socks and tossed them in the dirty clothes hamper, my wife simultaneously tossed me a sardine from a can she had opened earlier in the day.

    I thought to myself ... is she trying to reinforce good habits? I also thought she should have had crackers and mustard ready as well.

    Just kidding. That didn't actually happen. Everyone knows that I have no bad habits to correct.

  • Show we care, ban smoking

    Campbellsville has a great opportunity with the smoke-free restaurant ordinance. We have the chance to level the playing field for our hospitality employees.

    By making all restaurants 100 percent smoke-free, we can offer both our restaurant workers and patrons the same clean air found in many of Campbellsville office buildings. In order to do this, we must recognize that enclosed smoking rooms with separate ventilation do not work.

  • Gun-free zones

    Has anyone stopped to consider how stupid it is for a college, a mall, a church or any other place to hang a sign up declaring itself a "gun-free" zone? Is this not like an invitation to every deranged psycho with a chip on his shoulder and a taste for publicity and their "15 minutes of fame" to go in and shoot up a bunch of defenseless people?

    People who would otherwise not be defenseless, at least not in states that allow citizens the right to carry concealed, as I am proud to say Kentucky is one of.

  • Drug Court offers hope for those who need help

    No one likes to think of the community in which they live as facing a drug problem. But with the number of crimes committed in Taylor County that are reported in the News-Journal, the problem is a little difficult to ignore.

    And, after a few years, one begins to recognize the names that appear more frequently than others in court records.

    Defendants are traditionally given several chances to get their lives back on track. Judges typically try diversion and probation before prison time.

    But some people apparently won't learn without some additional prompting or help.

  • It's a long wait just to get busy

    One of the best parts of my job is being able to take photographs. The problem is, it's also one of the worst parts too.

    I always take too many photos. That's great when it comes to work. If I take a photo and someone's eyes are closed or they were in the middle of talking, chances are I've got another photo where they're not. It also gives us plenty to choose from when designing newspaper pages.

    However, that habit has spread to my family life as well - and that's why it's one of the worst parts.

  • Be aware of school shootings

    How many shootings are we going to have in this country - from post offices and factories to whole families? The really horrible ones were in schools in Illinois and Virginia.

    I really think all schools should have armed guards, especially universities. We need unannounced searches on lockers and desks at all our schools.

    Employees should watch for anything wrong. This is for protection. They need to look for firearms and dope.

    Campbellsville has a fine university and almost a full attendance. Just be aware.

    Don't wait until it's too late.

    Henry Berry

  • Get away from abuse

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    I know, you are probably thinking that sounds rather corny. Yes it does and isn't that a wonderful thing? In my opinion, our world could certainly use a little more corn.

    So many troubled souls are in our world. We as human beings play such important roles in others' lives. Most times we don't even know what an impact we may have made on someone. To think that something I may have said to someone in passing made them laugh or brought them a positive feeling is very humbling to me.