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Today's Opinions

  • Child abuse even more prevalent

    It's getting worse. That's a fact. A story in the works for Monday's issue will tell it like it is.

    The number of reported child abuse cases in Taylor County is on the increase.

    The story focuses on statistics from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. Last year, according to the organization, there were 269 cases of child abuse involving 369 children reported in Taylor County. Of those, 58 were substantiated, involving 105 children.

    In 2006, there were 202 cases reported, involving 228 children. About 50 of those cases were substantiated, involving 74 children.

  • Voting is single most important civic duty

    Voting is one of the most important things that can be done as an American. Voting gives people the right to voice their opinion on pending laws, ordinances and who they want to serve in local and state offices. It also will let people decide who will be the leaders of our country.

    Voting makes it impossible for someone or one party to stay in an office longer than the legal amount of time.

  • Health missionaries are well received

    Well people, it's here now. Those hard times that are coming are already upon us. A story on "60 Minutes" detailed a famous person who runs a medical program comprised of volunteer doctors and nurses of various fields banding together and providing free health care for a weekend for those who are either uninsured or underinsured.

  • Protect innocent life

    Feb. 7, 2008 was a glorious day in the history of the General Assembly of the state of Kentucky. On that date, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a comprehensive abortion bill, SB 40, by a vote of 34-4. After passage, the bill was sent to the Democratic controlled House of Representatives.

  • A helping hand from North Carolina

    "If I had a hammer

    "I'd hammer in the morning

    "I'd hammer in the evening

    "All over this land ..."

    -From a song by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger

    It really is true. What goes around comes around. Do good things for others and it'll come back to you.

    Last week, there were about 100 people from North Carolina in Campbellsville doing good things. Perhaps it was a touch of payback for all the good things our community has done for others.

  • Wanna bet gambling comes up again?

    Casino gambling, that divisive phrase that has been floating around since Steve Beshear announced his candidacy for governor, is dead.

    The obituary appeared in statewide papers on Friday.

    Not even a landslide Democratic governor could leverage the necessary support out of a Democrat-controlled House to get it to a floor vote.

    I'm disappointed.

  • Doctor shoppers are multiplying

    On Saturday, March 22, 2008, a patient called my office complaining of a toothache. The name sounded familiar and alarming. My records indicated that I last saw this individual in 1999. After several calls to area pharmacies, he was identified as a "doctor shopper" at that time.

    "Doctor shopping" refers to the practice of a patient requesting care from multiple practitioners, often simultaneously, without making efforts to coordinate care or informing the practitioner of the multiple caregivers.

  • Needs help with school project

    My name is Tessa Wicks. I go to Evansville (Ind.) Day School and I am doing a report on Kentucky.

    I would appreciate it if you could put this letter in your newspaper. I would appreciate it more if your readers could send me artifacts from Kentucky. My report will be 20 pages long.

    I am studying the climate, geography, history, famous people, economy and industry, travel, tourism and recreation. If your readers could please send to:

    Tessa Wicks

    Evansville Day School

    3400 North Green River Road

    Evansville, Ind. 47715