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Today's Opinions

  • What's next? Pre-pay for a restaurant meal?

    I see in the news where our police department is querying gas station owners whether the majority would like a City ordinance requiring motorists to pre-pay for gasoline purchases.

  • What's best for America

    There have certainly been a lot of disturbing headlines in the news this political season, and much of it is coming not from TV, newspapers or the Internet, but from my own friends and neighbors. During the past year, I have personally heard the following things being said:

    "That Mormon could never be my president."

    "I don't think it's a woman's place to be president, but I'd rather vote for her than that other one."

    "Barrack Hussein Obama would surrender Iraq to Iran as the very first thing he would do. How can you doubt that?"

  • We need to get along

    Economic development and tourism are two vital initiatives for any community. And because of that, agencies for both should work together to improve the appearance, opportunities and perceptions of our county.

    Tourism is what brings people to Taylor County. The Economic Development Authority brings industry, and with that comes jobs. Combine the two together ... and people can stay in our community permanently.

    It's a shame that there appears to be a tense working environment between the two. They should have open communication, especially working so close together.

  • Hope springs eternal

    I recently spent an evening in Miller Park covering the Campbellsville 11- year-old Little League All Star baseball team in a matchup against Adair County. Becky Cassell, the News-Journal editor, wants me to have a well-rounded internship covering many different events, so I drew this assignment since the sports editor, Bobby Brockman, was on vacation.

  • Booster clubs make all the difference

    Due to federal and state budget cuts, school boards are being forced to make tough decisions about which extracurricular activities will receive the greater portion of even smaller slices of the budgetary pie.

    And it's unfortunate for school leaders to be put in the position of forcing the programs to seek alternate forms of funding.

  • New state laws coming our way

    There are several new state laws set to go into effect next week.

    As usual, the Legislative Research Commission sends out a press release that provides a short synopsis of some of the more pertinent laws passed during the most recent General Assembly.

    And also as usual, there are several that are long overdue.

    Here are a few of the ones that caught my attention. All go into effect on July 15.

    - Amusement park safety. SB 203 will require more frequent inspections of amusement park rides and prevent anyone younger than 18 from operating the rides.

  • Health board actions not proper

    While Taylor Countians enjoyed the pretty weather and maybe a nice summer barbecue on the evening of June 24, they had no idea their rights to good government (and public health) were being compromised in Russell Springs when the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health had its summer meeting.

  • We'll take all the new businesses we can get

    Most of us could all agree that economic development is important to our community.

    Since Fruit of the Loom and Batesville Casket Co. abandoned our town a decade ago, we were left with picking up the pieces of what was left.

    But we picked up those pieces and have actually been able to diversify our local businesses, with the addition of Amazon.com and others.