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Today's Opinions

  • Why we celebrate

    CKNJ Editorial Board

    The past week has been full of celebration. And what a celebration it was.

    With perfect weather, thousands of people came to Taylor County last week for our annual Fourth of July celebration.

    The events spanned a week, from singings and concerts to parades to games to food to hot air balloons to fireworks.

    But throughout the celebration, the feeling that we were all free to enjoy the holiday is one we're sure everyone felt.

  • Education shouldn't bury students in loan debt

    About 1.6 million students will graduate from college this year, according to The National Center for Education Statistics. They will be searching for full-time work, but the odds are stacked against them. Although the job market is improving, competition is fierce and jobs are scarce and the U.S. Labor Department says unemployment among 2013 graduates is still high at 10.9 percent. In addition to those concerns, college graduates are saddled with student loan debt - it has passed the trillion-dollar mark - and often credit card debt.

  • Help us tell your story

    Today's issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal is a gift from us to you.

    We at the CKNJ want you, the members of our community, to know that we are dedicated to providing you the news you want and need to read.

    As such, we give our community a free sample of that news every few months. We want you to know what you're missing if you don't subscribe or buy our paper on the newsstand.

    The CKNJ is truly your paper. With a small staff, we can't be everywhere and don't know about everything going on in our community.

  • Legislators didn't do enough

    The 2014 General Assembly session is all but wrapped up. The regular session ended with a two-week break, and the members returned on April 14 and 15 to address any potential vetoes by the governor and tie up loose ends.

    There were some successes in this legislative session, but also just as many disappointments as legislators wrangled with some tough issues while ignoring others.

  • Addition by subtraction

    CKNJ Editorial Board

    The building, crumbling before our eyes, won't be there much longer. And, as sad as it might seem to see something of such history destroyed, our community will be better off with it gone.

    Central Kentucky Motor Lodge, that once gave people who needed it a place to stay, will soon become a pile of rubble.

    After fires and years of decay, the building's owner has acknowledged that it's time to see it torn down. We agree.

  • Learning from Fred Phelps' message of hate

     

    In the end, the family that disrupted - or tried to disrupt - so many funerals with their messages of hate took the easy way out. When news came that the Rev. Fred Phelps, whose small and rabidly anti-gay ministry known as the Westboro Baptist Church, had died on Thursday, his daughter said there would be no funeral for her father.

  • Newspapers let the sun shine light on government

     

    There's a lot of information out there, and you have the right to almost all of it, especially when it comes to your government.

    This week is Sunshine Week in the news industry, and it's a time to recognize the importance of letting light shine on open government and freedom of information, thus the name.

    We are often asked why we publish some things in our paper, like property transfers, food service inspections and other items of public record. The answer is an easy one; you have the right to know.

  • Jail not the answer for truant students

    Kentucky is on the brink of sweeping reforms in how it treats youths who wind up in the court system - especially those who commit minor crimes or "status offenses," actions that would not be an offense at all for adults, such as running away or missing school.