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Today's Opinions

  • If we build it, will they come?

    I'll admit it. I was against Taylor County building its own jail.

    But here we are, preparing for the opening of the 200-plus bed detention center to house our - and hopefully other counties' - prisoners.

    When discussions began about the possibility of building a new jail to go along with the state-funded judicial center, I was immediately reluctant.

    How will we pay for this without raising taxes? Will there be enough inmates to go around? Will we be able to negotiate contracts with other counties? Will we be sorry we did this?

  • State responds to price gouging

    Let me first say that it has been heartening to see communities across Kentucky pull together to help those in need following the devastating windstorm that swept across our state on Sept. 14.

    Families were put to the test with damaged homes, loss of power and in some cases, the loss of life. As Kentuckians so often do when faced with adversity, we responded with kindness, compassion and concern for our neighbors.

  • Public notices belong in newspapers

    What it really comes down to is osmosis.You remember osmosis, don't you? In high school science, you learned that's the process that lets stuff pass through the membrane that surrounds your cells. Osmosis lets the good stuff in and the bad stuff out, trading spent fuel for new fuel. It keeps you alive.

    The funny thing about osmosis (other than the name) is that it's automatic. There's no conscious thought involved. That's why if you get stranded at sea, like Tom Hanks in Castaway, you mustn't drink seawater, even if you're dying of thirst.

  • Military experience is valuable

    Senator McCain has a deep understanding of world affairs and defense strategies. The last president to have significant military experience was George H.W. Bush (the Sr.), and every president before him since Harry Truman served in our military. Our most recent presidents: Bill Clinton, who decimated our military and did not serve in our armed forces; and George W. Bush only served part time in the Texas Air National Guard.

  • Experience counts when choosing our next president

    John McCain has been Senator for 22 years.

    Mr. Obama has never been in the military and has been a Senator for four years. In terms of service to his country, he ranks second among those receiving donations from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac among all members of Congress since 1989 (according to the Center for Responsive Politics). Obama ranks second among those receiving donations from Lehman Brothers among all members of Congress since 1989 (according to the Center for Responsive Politics).

  • We do need to choose wisely

    I just had to respond to a letter in your editorial section titled "Choose Wisely." I agree with the author, we do need to choose wisely.

    When you look at the resumes of the two candidates running for president, you see stark contrasts. One candidate, John McCain, served his country heroically in the military during wartime and has served more than 22 years in the Senate, where even the Democrats admire his integrity.

  • It's your week too!

    This week, we are celebrating you. Sure, it's National Newspaper Week, and we're celebrating that. But because our pages are a chronicle of your lives, then, in fact, it's really you that we're celebrating.

    From births to deaths, scholarships to touchdowns, and golden anniversaries to taxes, each issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal is a reflection of the milestones and happenings that the residents of our community experience.

    With each new baby born, with each new business opening, we celebrate those moments with you.

  • Public Notice: Taxpayers have a right to know

    "Public notice." Sounds great, but it costs money ... at least in the print media. So why in the world should governmental entities spend taxpayers' money on public notices when they can post them on the Internet for next to nothing?

    Because the taxpayers have a right to know, have a need to know and want to know, that's why. The argument is as simple as that.