Today's Opinions

  • Is a fall break really needed?

    When I was a kid, I remember starting school near my birthday almost every year. That meant the first day of school would come in the last week of August. It was nothing new to us back then, 30 some years ago. But today, with school starting much earlier in some districts across Kentucky, some state legislators are now in the debate about when the first day of school should be scheduled.

  • Let Taylor County Public Library shift your reading into 'Overdrive'

    When you think of going to the public library and checking out a book, that might sound like an old and outdated practice. It might even remind you of life in a slower time, before technology came along and changed our world so much, as it has in recent years.

    There may be some libraries out there that are still behind the technological times, but that statement couldn't be any farther from the truth when it comes to the Taylor County Public Library.

  • Do your duty or resign from office

    A lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last month, is the first legal challenge of its kind in the country. Davis says gay marriage violates her religious beliefs, so she elected to halt licenses for all couples.

  • Former CKNJ news editor honored

    Steve Lowery, former news editor at the Central Kentucky News-Journal, was a visionary. He could see the potential even before most of us could even fathom what could lie ahead. Even though we lost Lowery too early in life, at the age of 54, his contributions across the state, newspaper industry and the communities where he worked are still being felt and recognized.

  • Racism a problem, no matter your race

    In journalism, if you need a source for a story, you talk to someone who has a point of view to share for your story. You do that regardless of the person's background, and particularly regardless of their race.

    Usually, I find myself on the side of the news story where I'm the one asking the questions. Rarely have I been the one interviewed. But Monday morning, I received a telephone call that placed me as a source for a story to be aired on television.

  • Time to roll back the death tax

    Those who pay an abundance of taxes while they are alive shouldn't have their estates be required to pay a large amount of taxes to the government after they pass away.

    It's simply not fair and causes an undue burden on a family grieving over the loss of a loved one.

    We are of course referring to the estate tax, or, as many people refer to it - the death tax.

    The federal tax is levied on multi-million-dollar estates after a person in that tax bracket dies.

  • Holmes makes Kentucky, and Campbellsville, very proud


    In a week where many Kentucky fans were disappointed to see their basketball Wildcats fall in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, another Wildcat continued to make the state, and especially his hometown of Campbellsville, quite proud.

     On Sunday, J.B. Holmes wrapped up another tournament title on the PGA TOUR, winning the Shell Houston Open.

  • Taking money off Mother Nature's 'plate'


    Nature lovers believing they are helping to preserve some of Kentucky's greatest treasures, its lands, forests and streams, just got a rude surprise about the special "nature" state license plate they purchase.

    Proceeds from the $10 extra they pay for the plate, which is supposed to go to the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, instead are being siphoned off for the ever-insufficient state General Fund and used for other purposes, The Courier-Journal's Tom Loftus reported recently.