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Today's Opinions

  • CKNJ rules of politics

    Every game has its rules, and politics are no different.

    Here at the CKNJ, we have our own rules that we follow when it comes to politics and our coverage of political events. They are in place to help us be as fair as possible to each candidate.

    When the political season rolls around, candidates begin by making an announcement of their intention to seek office. We welcome any candidate to do this, and we will publish one notice from each person declaring their candidacy.

  • Farmer sentencing was the right call

    Former Secretary of Agriculture Richie Farmer betrayed the public's trust through his illegal actions while in office, and we feel he received the appropriate sentence.

  • Eminent domain should not apply with pipeline

    Oklahoma-based Williams Co. and Texas-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners want to build a pipeline to pump natural gas liquids across the commonwealth. The partnership expects it will not be able to negotiate sales with 2 percent of landowners along the route.

    Although the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline's exact path is unknown, it will enter Kentucky in Bracken County and run through many central Kentucky counties to link up with an existing pipeline in Breckinridge County.

  • Find a way to help others this holiday season

    Find a way to help others this holiday season

     

    'Tis the season for so many things: decorations, presents, Santa, ice, snow, the flu.

    There are likely a hundred different things on your mind or your "to do" list at this very moment. Chances are, not all of them are pleasant. Actually, some of them probably incite worry.

  • Charity starts at your house, not the courthouse

    In the Nov. 14 issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal, you might have read a story about Taylor County's magistrates being approached for money by several local groups.

    At its Nov. 12 meeting, Taylor County Fiscal Court had several items on its agenda that involved local groups and organizations asking for financial contributions. While this is in no way a statement against those organizations or their importance, it is one intended to address the information many people might not have about the operation of a governmental body such as the fiscal court.

  • Obamacare battles put Congress on wrong path

    Most Americans, even those who are wary of Obamacare, do not support shutting down the federal government as a means to block funding for the health care law. In fact, polls taken in the past couple of weeks show that the majority believes this tactic makes little sense and puts partisan motives ahead of the country's financial security.

    Unfortunately, it is harder every day to make sense of Congress.

  • Racial slurs taken seriously by newspaper staff

    You hear it in today's music and movies. It's used by musicians, professional athletes and even kids in our schools. It's what we typically refer to as the "N" word.

    The word is used to express hatred and it's commonly thought of as the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in the English language, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

  • Why no alcohol sales on Sundays?

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    - The First Amendment,
    Constitution of the United States of America