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Today's Opinions

  • Student says county needs new elementary school

    If you don't support the nickel tax, you don't support the future of Taylor County.

    Refusing to pay for a small increase in property taxes is the first step to ruining our county, and denying the fact that our district needs new schools is completely uninformed.

    It's been nearly six years since I stepped inside the elementary school as a fifth-grade student, and as terrible as it was then - the cramped rooms, the water falling from the ceiling on rainy days, the musky smell of the bomb shelter basement - I can only imagine how awful it is now.

  • Principal says county needs new elementary school

    Taylor County Elementary needs a new school.

    When I began teaching at TCES in 1995, my fifth grade classroom was on the second floor of the 1939 wing. My walls would bubble up and burst open, spreading white powder over everything. Then, in 2003, I moved to the first floor of the 1939 wing. There I experienced moisture problems that actually caused my classroom library books to mold.

  • City projects making progress

    We appreciate the patience of the residents who are so affected by the Downtown Water Line Replacement Project. This project will replace many old water lines within the city and is well underway.

    Contractors have worked on many streets to install new lines or to change meters over to larger lines that are nearby. There are some yards and streets being disturbed and dug up in order to improve the lines and, in turn, the water quality.

  • Oak Ridge Boys have Kentucky ties

    Had Duane Allen not become a mega-success with The Oak Ridge Boys, chances are he would have become a highly successful basketball coach at some level.

    At least, that is how he had it planned.

    "I get right into the very intricacies of coaching," Allen said recently before taking the stage at the Kentucky State Fair. "I had dreamed when I was in school that I would be doing this until I got tired of it. I never dreamed it would last as long as it has.

  • Trail Town Triathlon is a success

    Campbellsville/Taylor County Trail Town Connexions Triathlon on Aug. 24 was a lot of fun and a great success.

    It began with a paddling stage - a three-mile loop on Green River Lake in kayaks and canoes - followed by a biking stage - a 20-mile loop around the lake area - then a running stage of five kilometers inside the state park. The weather was wonderful and the participant turnout was terrific.

  • Reader opposes nickel tax

    Well, the nickel tax is back on the table again for discussion, this time with different tactics.

    We have gone from leaky roofs to mold, to now sick children and overcrowding. I do not know what excuse will be next.

    As far as overcrowding goes, there are no more students there now than there has been in the past several years. There have been 1,300-plus children there for many years. We were overcrowded when they closed the building that was originally bought and designed for preschool. That building was eventually given to the maintenance department.

  • Grandparents Day is Sunday

    Grandparents Day is Sunday. Although it has been an annual tradition since 1979, Grandparents Day is not a day I had ever given much thought to.

    Two of my grandparents live in other states, so I only get to see them about once a year, and two have passed on. It wasn't until last year, when my niece, Taylor, came into the world that I finally began to understand the importance of Grandparents Day.

  • Mom's lesson pays dividends

     

    I can look back over the years and recall lots of things my parents taught me, but one has always stood out above the others. My mom always said that when it comes to money, it's easier to talk for it than to work for it.

    I've put that message to work many times over the years, and I've even used it a few times recently. I'll tell you about two of my experiences in the past month, and they may help you save a little money, too.