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Today's Opinions

  • A fourth pair of shoes

    I owned three pairs of shoes when this story began.

    A pair of shoes showed up at my house a few years back. That's not all that unusual, except these showed up by themselves, with no one attached.

    I was coming up the drive to the garage one day when I saw a plastic Walmart bag with something in it lying against the house. There's always something laying around our house, mostly kids, so my curiosity wasn't peaked until a couple of days later. The bag was still there.

  • The Bible's message is not just in its words

    If you were to insist that what makes the Bible a special book is not its outward appearance - whether it's bound in leather or cloth, colored bright pink or plain brown - but what's inside - its message, meaning, and purpose - I would heartily agree.

    But then again, the very presence of the Good Book can not only speak to the soul, it can even save a life.

  • 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.

  • Reader upset with emergency notification

    Should a resident of Campbellsville find out via a McDonald's employee that the city is under a water advisory? That is how I found out this past weekend.

    I received no official alerts, although I do receive tornado, thunderstorm, amber, and golden alerts. No radio or television warnings were noticed. Did they exist and I missed them?

    Someone needs to take responsibility for this failure.

    Joanne Waller

    Campbellsville

  • Shake hands or fist bump?

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney couldn't have known the danger in the words they wrote with the Beatles first major hit, "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

    "And please say to me, you'll let me hold your hand."

    In case you haven't heard, holding and shaking hands can be hazardous to your health.

  • 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.

  • A year gone by

     

    It's hard to believe it's been a year. And what a year it's been.

    I will admit it; I'm one of those who thought it wouldn't happen. We would never have enough money. People wouldn't want higher taxes to pay for it. But here we are, and it's all paid for.

    The new Taylor County Public Library opened its doors last March, after years and years of planning, saving and hoping.

    And on Tuesday, March 18, library staff members will host a party to celebrate the first birthday in their new building.

  • Reader concerned about pipeline problems

    I am very concerned about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline that would transport natural gas liquids through Kentucky. NGLs are not the same as natural gas; they are highly flammable, hazardous liquids remaining after natural gas is extracted from the ground and include benzene, which causes cancer.