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Today's Opinions

  • What are you asking for?

    I once heard of a young stamp collector who wrote to Buckingham Palace asking for a special stamp to add to his collection. His request for the stamp was denied, but he was granted a visit with King George V, who was interested in stamps also. Afterward, as the young boy recounted his experience, the stamp itself seemed insignificant.

    Real prayer is similar to that boy's experience. Think about it: having a visit with the King of Kings is far better than having a specific request granted.

  • Alcohol will be on May ballot

    I wonder if the people of Campbellsville know that in the election on May 20 we will be voting on whether the restaurants in Campbellsville can serve alcoholic beverages?

    It seems like there are some people in Campbellsville who want this to happen, but I don't! Do you?

    It used to be that if a restaurant served as many as 100, this could be done. Now it is 50, and we have a lot of restaurants that serve that many.

  • H.R. Richardson: A great human being

    I am sure that the newspaper has been deluged with letters, memories and well-wishes from the thousands of people who H.R. Richardson personally touched. I am also sure that each came with a unique story detailing the deep way in which Mr. Richardson impacted the author. I suppose it is the only way to appropriately remember a man such as he.

  • Child gets poison ivy during Earth Day activity

    My son is in kindergarten at Taylor County Elementary School. On Tuesday, April 22, his class went outside on school premises to pick up trash for Earth Day. Although it was a good lesson for the kids to take care of the earth, I wish my son would have brought home a permission slip.

    I definitely would not have signed it, giving him permission to go into the weeds to pick up trash. He got such a bad case of poison ivy that he ended up in the emergency room. Luckily, we stopped the poison ivy with a shot and medication.

  • Taylor County: What better place to live?

    We all knew it. But now others are learning as well. Taylor County is a wonderful place in which to live and raise a family.

    A story on today's front page tells about a family - a large, extended family - who moved to Taylor County from Las Vegas, Nev. last year. They did so because they visited the area and liked it. A family, passing through, gets the feeling that this is the place for them to live. Sounds like a made-for-TV movie script.

    They thought it would be a better place in which to raise their growing family than in the frantic, big-city atmosphere of Las Vegas.

  • Book club starts with a bang

    Unless one of us has a last-minute brainstorm, we've decided on a name. In case you're wondering, the name is for the new community reading group the News-Journal is sponsoring.

    The CKNJ Bookmarks.

    And we had our first meeting Sunday afternoon. Of about 22 people who signed up to participate, 13 attended. And we had a blast.

    We had all either read or were in the process of reading a book by John Grogan titled "Marley and Me," a heartwarming story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog that taught them what really matters in life.

  • What happened to Babe Ruth baseball?

    Baseball has existed in this country for more than 150 years now. Labeled, "America's Pastime," it has brought fun and excitement to all 50 states.

    You can walk into any sporting goods store and find a plethora of equipment. Every kid practically has a chance to play Pee Wee, Little League, Babe Ruth, not to mention school ball. With all the history that comes with baseball, it's hard to believe that it's dying, but it is.

  • Relay for Life just around the corner

    The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Our signature fundraising event, Relay For Life, is right around the corner in Taylor County on June 6-7. Relay teams are working hard to reach their personal fundraising goals and are canvassing the community asking for donations and hosting events to raise money for the cause.