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Today's Opinions

  • Advertising pays dividends

    "The codfish lays ten thousand eggs,

    The homely hen lays one.

    The codfish never cackles

    To tell you what she's done.

    And so we scorn the codfish,

    While the humble hen we prize,

    Which only goes to show you

    That it pays to advertise."

    -Anonymous

    A recent story in the Courier-Journal reminded me why we publish a newspaper - not that I'd forgotten.

    A 29-year-old candidate for Jefferson County District Judge made the news (which can also sometimes be good) because she bucked the trend on the experience-o-meter.

  • Why not enforce turn signal law

    Several weeks ago, I asked why the turn signal law is not enforced. The answer that I got was definitely a non-answer.

    If it's a matter of "habit," then start enforcing the law so that it becomes a habit. The seat belt law is being enforced and, to me, it is of much less importance than turn signals.

    How many times have you been in traffic and had the car in front of you make an unexpected turn, unexpected because he did not indicate that he planned to turn?

    Martha Berry

    Campbellsville

  • Election coverages uncovers corruption

    One-hundred tons of thanks to the news media for its coverage of the national Presidential elections. They have showed the voters of America just how crooked the voting system in a national election is, and then the politicians have the audacity to tell us that our vote counts.

    If we could just have one national election, and no one voted for the incumbent, then all we would have to do is sit back and watch how fast things change in Washington for the people.

    Cliff Barker

    Morehead, Ky.

  • Help make cancer a distant memory

    Cancer touches all of us, plain and simple. If only it was as simple to cure it.

    As the second leading cause of death in the U.S., cancer will affect all too many of us. We each have a risk - experts say half of all men and a third of all women will be diagnosed with some form of the disease.

    As scary as those numbers are, each year it seems as if cancer researchers have some good news for us.

  • Teens show a lot of 'Insight'

    All too often, teens think that grownups don't believe they have anything to say that's important. After working with local teenagers on a monthly teen page called Insight, I can tell you this: That is simply not true.

    Steroid use by athletes. Abortion. Experiments on animals. Discrimination. Holiday shopping. Myspace. Politics. Technology. Games. Sportsmanship. You name it, and this year's Teen Board has covered it.

  • Take education off the back burner

    I am not a resident of Taylor County, but I have worked in this county since I was 18. Saying that, I feel that I have some interest in what goes on in this community. I am writing this letter concerning the recent job cuts in the Taylor County School System.

    My son is the Taylor County band director. His wife is the assistant. In the last few weeks, there has been a concern that the assistant's position would be cut from the program.

  • City's budget statement projects good times ahead

    Has anybody been thinking what we've been thinking, that they'd like to have the Mayor and the City Council's help balancing our budgets?

    In a time when making ends meet seems like the struggle of a lifetime, the City approved a budget that, among other things, includes a 5 percent pay increase for all full-time employees.

    Before someone accuses us of eating "sour grapes" let it be known that the CKNJ Editorial Board holds no animosity for our fine City workers. We believe a financially strong municipality sends a good message to its constituents.

  • True ethics reform takes leadership

    While I am encouraged to see Gov. (Steve) Beshear's increased attention to ethics reform, I am disappointed that he did not follow recommendations made in the more comprehensive version of this legislation passed by the Kentucky State Senate. As it relates to my office, the Governor should have followed the Senate's proposal to include the Secretary of State in the rotation of constitutional officers who make recommendations for appointments to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.