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Today's Opinions

  • Alcohol sales just not needed

    Once again, residents of Taylor County are faced with the question of whether or not we want to allow the sale of alcohol in our community. This time, however, only city residents are able to decide the issue.

    For some reason, our state lawmakers have failed to look beyond the end of their noses and see that alcohol affects entire county populations, not just those in the city limits. County residents also work at and support businesses in the city and are affected by what happens within the city limits. The city-county relationship is not either-or, rather, it is both-and.

  • Vote no on liquor

    When I first moved here almost 12 years ago, I wondered why this place seemed different. It was so different that it irked me with an urgency to understand the mystery.

    Sure, there are less expensive houses, but they seemed to be sweet, and I asked myself, "Why?" It took me so long to decide. I kept scratching my head about it for a few months, continually wondering.

    One day it hit me, "I know what it is! Campbellsville is pretty; that's what it is. The whole place is charming. There is no ugly spot."

  • God's word speaks out against drunkenness

    I ask you to consider the effects of voting to serve alcohol in Campbellsville restaurants.

    Consider that children will begin to drink with friends. Consider that every drunkard begins with one drink. Consider the lost lives taken by drunk drivers. Consider the cost of insurance because of accidents. Consider the broken homes because of drinking. Consider the abuse to children and other family members because of drinking alcohol.

  • Health care professionals have our blessing

    It takes a special kind of person to care for those who are sick or hurt. In addition to all the "learned knowledge," such as education and training, it also takes patience, kindness and genuine caring.

    A majority of the health care professionals in our community are exactly that, and none of them more so than nurses and nurses' aides.

    For all their expertise, doctors are often rushed to the point of checking on a patient, signing some orders and hurrying on to the next patient before heading to their offices.

    Nurses and aides, however, remain with their patients.

  • The cure for loneliness

    My husband and kids say Maggie is lonely. Just exactly how they know this, I haven't a clue since Maggie can't talk.

    Maggie is our 5-month-old border collie/Labrador mix puppy. We saved her from the doggie death chamber just before Christmas and we made room in our home and our hearts for her. But now, they assure me, she is terribly lonely.

    It doesn't matter that there are two adults, three children and three cats to keep her company. The only thing, they say, that will make her "un-lonely" is another puppy. And, alas, they've found the perfect one.

  • Mother's Day for women with domestic violence in their lives

    With Mother's Day approaching this Sunday, The Caring Place would like to ask you to keep our mothers who are in shelter in your hearts and minds.

    This Sunday when you are preparing for your family visit, whether it be to take Mom out to eat, choose the proper gift or card or just a simple phone call ... please stop for a minute and say a prayer for the thousands of women whose Mother's Day won't be spent at home but rather in a domestic violence shelter. They, too, would like to be in their homes free of violence. However, they are not afforded that luxury.

  • Hide your prescription drugs

    Last year, the News-Journal published a story about the results of the latest Kentucky Incentives for Prevention survey of local students.

    The survey results showed that prescription drug abuse is on the rise with teenagers. As a matter of fact, according to Karen Hayes with the Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition, one in every four teens uses prescription drugs to get high.

    No wonder Kentucky leads the nation in prescription drug abuse.

  • The long-distance grandparent

    "The conscious mind allows itself to be trained like a parrot, but the unconscious does not - which is why St. Augustine thanked God for not making him responsible for his dreams."

    - Carl Gustav Jung,

    Psychology of Alchemy

    I know it's a little deep coming from a dog, but being Catholic by osmosis I thought St. Augustine might awaken me to the realization that I need to be more responsible when I'm asleep. I'm certainly not while awake.

    I think our food tray may have been spiked with Holy Water.