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Today's Opinions

  • Help U.S. make history

    Regardless of who wins the presidential race on Nov. 4, history will be made. The U.S. will welcome either its first black president or first female vice president.

    Wouldn't you like to say you had a hand in making history?

    For those who haven't yet registered to vote, there is just one week left in which to do so. The deadline is Monday, Oct. 6. If you're registering at the Taylor County Clerk's office, you must do so before 4:30 p.m. Registration cards that are mailed in must be postmarked by Oct. 6.

  • Why ethics should matter to Congress

    Congress will never regain the faith of ordinary Americans until members of Congress win their trust. This appears to be a long way off.

    I see no other way to read the results of a recent poll by the Center on Congress at Indiana University. When it asked 1,000 people whether members of Congress are "honest people of good character," a rather stunning 42 percent said that most are not. Asked to grade Congress on holding its members to high ethical standards, 75 percent gave it either a D or an F.

  • Band students ahead of the pack

    It's with a heavy heart that I write this column and reveal something I never thought I would ever say publicly.

    I'm a proud alumna of the Campbellsville High School Marching Band and both enjoyed and dreaded my years of participation with the school's concert, jazz, pep and marching ensembles.

    But I have to say that I'm proud of the Taylor County High School Marching Cardinals this marching season and enjoy hearing the familiar echo of their instruments when leaving the News-Journal office.

  • A playground for everyone

    Most of us are familiar with the phrase "No Child Left Behind." Parents of children in our schools would agree that everything possible should be done to ensure that no child, especially one's own, should miss out on becoming a healthy and well-educated student in our community. This applies to his physical well being as well as his educational one.

  • Volunteer for the home team

    Fall in southern and eastern Kentucky is a magical time. Fall foliage paints our hillsides with color. Driving through this scenery can be breathtaking.

    Unfortunately, litter spoils the views in some places. Please volunteer to solve that problem during October, which is Roadside PRIDE Month in southern and eastern Kentucky.

  • Let's keep it that way

    More than 300 people from Taylor and surrounding counties participated in the 22nd annual Green River Lake Cleanup on Saturday morning. And, after about three hours of work, volunteers had filled a record amount of trash bags.

    The 301 boy and girl scouts, school children, church group members and other individuals are to be commended for the efforts Saturday. While the cleanup has seen more volunteers in the past, this year's group collected 40 more bags of trash than last year's now-shattered record of 178 bags.

  • One of our own

    Campbellsville is becoming a recognizable name.

    Over the years, we've had several young ladies from our community selected to represent our state at the Miss America pageant. We've also had our share of well-known coaches and authors.

    Now, however, after the success that Taylor County High graduate J.B. Holmes saw at this past weekend's Ryder Cup at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, there's no stretching the fact that many will recognize the name of our town even more.

  • McCain will lead

    John McCain's leadership qualities are needed to steer this country through difficult economic times and threats to our national security.

    McCain can be trusted to lead us because he has been vetted. As a naval officer of 22 years and with 26 years in Congress, he has the executive experience to administer our government and accomplish our domestic and international objectives.