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Today's Opinions

  • The gift of listening

    When we think of gifts we can give to people, sometimes the best thing we can bestow upon someone else is to simply listen to them.

    While I was waiting to see a customer the other day, a lady came in the store and sat down near me and began, more or less, her life story. And a sad one it was.  She told me of having been disabled for years, of living with her father and how neither were very well off physically, but they managed to help each other.

  • Project shows kids police aren't bad guys

    Shoes. Clothing. School supplies. Even a toy or two. After several years' absence, the local Kentucky State Police "Shop with a Trooper" program is back. And we know of at least seven kids who are happy about that.

     

    On Thursday evening, about a dozen troopers hit Wal-Mart to shop with seven kids from Taylor, Green, Casey, Marion and Washington counties. It's part of an outreach program that not only helps kids meet some basic needs, but also shines a positive light on law enforcement.

     

  • What have you got to lose?

    Change can be a good thing. And Wanda Washington is looking for a change.

    Washington is the coordinator of Greater Campbellsville United, a local organization that seeks to promote equal opportunity, equity and positive relationships. GCU also focuses on racial, ethnic, socio-economic, religious, gender and political groups in the community and throughout the region.

  • Can two become one?

    Has the time finally come to merge the Campbellsville and Taylor County school districts into one unified district?

    With the retirement announcement from Gary Seaborne and the decision of Diane Woods-Ayers to not seek a new contract, do we actually need two superintendents? Both school districts have scheduled to meet with the Kentucky School Board Association for guidance.

    Will the KSBA work on behalf of both districts with one fee?

    These are the November 2008 school district facts from the Kentucky Department of Education:

  • Mom having trouble with 'chill pill'

    I'm not sure that I'm going to make it. I'm really not.

    Our son has only had his driver's permit for four weeks and already I think I've worn a hole in the carpet on the passenger side floorboard where the emergency brake pedal should be. I believe there's also a permanent handprint in the door handle where I've gripped it so often.

    How do parents survive these six months before kids can drive alone? Should kids even be allowed to drive alone - ever?

  • Auto bailout needs to be tough

    Bailout. I used to equate this with the penal system - as in bail someone out of jail.

    Lately, bailout has taken on a new meaning - as in bail out companies and businesses whose poor decisions put them in dire financial straits.

    First, the U.S. Congress bailed out the nation's financial markets to the tune of $700 billion.

    While this plan initially left me scratching my head, I began to see the wisdom after a few local experts put it into layman's terms for me.

  • We need innovation for our children

    Children ... they are not little adults; however, they are slowly becoming the same size as adults and acquiring the same diseases as adults, even though they may be just 10 years old.

    I am a pediatrician who not infrequently sees 10-year-old children weighing 200 pounds and who already have the metabolic syndrome, a pre-diabetic condition that confers the same risks for developing premature heart disease as diabetes itself.

  • Girl Scout cookies on their way

    Soon you will see a flurry of local Girl Scouts out and about participating in the annual cookie program. But did you know that by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies you are investing in your future?

    A recent study showed that nearly two-thirds of girls don't aspire to be leaders because they don't identify with the traditional definition of leadership - possessing power and control. They want leadership to be defined as using one's time and talents to make a difference in the world, and they're currently not seeing any example of that in modern society.