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Today's Opinions

  • End-of-the-Year review points to progress, accomplishments

    The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the many good things that are happening at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and to share this good news with residents throughout the region the college serves.

    ECTC President/CEO Dr. Thelma J. White reminds us from time to time that good things happen by choice, not by chance. We agree. As members of the college's Board of Directors, we are pleased to recognize White's leadership and the good work that has been accomplished this year by the college's faculty and staff.

  • Councilman opposes smoking ban

    My name is Paul Harmon. I'm currently a member of the Campbellsville City Council, and I am vigorously against imposing any smoking ban on private businesses. I'm against it because it isn't fair.

  • Christmas brings out the best in young writers

    Jolly Old St. Nick. St. Nicholas. Mr. Claus. Ho Ho. All are synonyms for Santa Claus, the man who brings magic to children all over the world each year at Christmastime.

    Each year when the Letters to Santa start arriving at the Central Kentucky News-Journal's office, we are touched by the poignancy and trust expressed in these most personal of sentiments to Santa.

  • We've all been elfed — in a sense

    I'd almost forgotten how special the holiday season could be. Work has a way of altering the path to Christmas.

    With grown children and the propensity to treat Christmas as if it's a tour through a department store, you forget the excitement that young children create.

  • We need all Mr. Basketballs in the KHSAA Hall of Fame

    I would like for everyone that reads this - and especially the basketball fan - to help us get every Kentucky Mr. Basketball inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

    The KHSAA Hall of Fame was started in 1988 and only 14 of the 53 former Mr. Basketball(s) have been inducted. There are currently 28 who are eligible and deserve to be inducted.

  • Who's getting rich in this war

    The war has become "big business" and a few private contractors end up with most of the money approved by Congress.

    What is even more disgusting is that Blackwater mercenaries are one of the biggest recipients of this money. Is this supporting our troops? Is there anyone left in Washington who really represents the American people?

    Sharon Pennington

    Magnolia

  • Missionary outreach is medicinal

    Our health is one thing that all of us are concerned about and sometimes take for granted. And when we're ill, we are privileged to be able to simply pick up the telephone and make an appointment to see a doctor.

    Our community is served by dozens of well-trained physicians and a top-notch hospital. At Taylor Regional Hospital, we have available to us the latest in specialized medical care.

    But in other countries people aren't so fortunate.

    That's why a recent medical mission trip to Ecuador is so special.

  • Love of reading hard to tap

    I simply couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It's not often that I find a book like that. But when I do, look out. I'll carry it with me and read a page here and a page there until I am finished.

    Crime mysteries are the best. For Jeffery Deaver fans, Lincoln Rhyme is my hero.

    But I remember a time when Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew and Anne Shirley were my heroes. I spent many a night hidden under my covers with a flashlight, reading of long winters on the prairie, after-school undercover surveillance and an orphan's life in Avonlea.