Today's Opinions

  • Super Bowl ads: A mixed bag of good and bad

    Football is one of my favorite things to watch on TV, but during the regular season I rarely see the commercials. I’m among the millions of fans who watch DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel, and with that, the programming is a barrage of highlights and live peeks into games as the action unfolds, but with no commercials. If you’re a football fan, watch it and you’ll never want to give it up.

  • Superintendent says school system staff, administrators deserve praise

    The students and teachers, the administrators and the service workers of the Taylor County School System deserve praise for working hard in their roles. But equally deserving of praise are the members of the district’s Board of Education, not only for their work, but for their leadership.

  • Let it go!

    Lori and I were putting up groceries while our 2-year-old grandson, Eli, was making himself at home, sitting there cross-legged on the kitchen cabinet, chomping on a cookie. He reached for a bag of frozen strawberries I had set next to him.

    “You can’t have those, Eli,” I smiled. “They’re frozen.”

    At the word, “frozen,” he promptly began singing, “Let it go, let it go, let it go.”

    Lori laughed; I was confused.

  • Getting the House in order focus of first week of 2015 session

    This week marked the start of the 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. For this year’s session, we are only scheduled to meet for 30 days, and we spent the first week more or less getting the House of Representatives in order. 

  • It's not about the knots

    Two days after Christmas, I surprised my wife with a post-Christmas present. It had been somewhat of a blue Christmas for her, and I thought my gift would help.

    So I gave her a rope.

    “A what?” you incredulously ask. “A rope? Really?”

    Maybe you’re thinking my gift ranks right up there with Barney Fife (Don Knotts, The Andy Griffith Show) giving his mom and dad a septic tank for their anniversary.

  • A new chapter


    It's been said that we all have a story to tell. Well, my story is changing, and, in a few days, I will begin a new chapter in my life.

    After nearly 12 years at the CKNJ, tomorrow will be my last day here.

    The decision to accept another job in the community wasn't an easy one for me. The CKNJ has been part of my life since the day I was born.

  • Resolving to change


    It’s that time of year again, when most of us will make a New Year’s resolution or two, promising ourselves that we’re going to do this, or stop doing that, when the new year begins.

    Usually, we look at it with excitement and determination. The first week, maybe even the first month, we’re on the path to our goal. After that, many resolutions sadly fall short, and we’re back into our old ways.

  • Here's to a newsworthy 2015

    From triumphs to tragedies, Taylor Countians made headlines in 2014.

    While compiling the News-Journal's annual Year In Review stories, CKNJ staff members have spent time reliving the past year.

    And what a year it's been. We read about city and county business, the economy, retirements and hires, political changes, crime, death and much more.

    Read about the Top 10 stories of 2014 on today's front page. The year in sports will be in Thursday's issue.