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Today's Opinions

  • Cheap drugs come at a high cost

    It's getting more and more expensive to be an American consumer. With energy and food costs rising, inflation hit 4.1 percent in 2007, the highest level in 17 years. Buying imports and traveling are getting pricier, too, with the value of the greenback hitting historic lows against the Canadian dollar and the Euro.

    Amid this bleak scenario, one important class of consumer good stands out as a bargain - prescription drugs. In the last year, drug prices have risen by just 1 percent. That's well under the rate of inflation, and the lowest annual price increase in three decades.

  • What's your idea of decent?

    Everyone should have a decent place to sleep at night. But, apparently, some individuals' definition of "decent" leaves a lot to be desired.

    At Monday's Campbellsville City Council meeting, City Building Official Kenny Phillips reported that several people have complained to the City recently about the condition of their rental home.

    A story on today's front page gives a few more details about some specific problems.

  • Unfortunately, it wasn't an April Fool's joke

    Third-graders plotting to attack their teacher? Oh, come on, I thought. This must be someone's sick idea of an April Fool's Day joke.

    Apparently it wasn't. According to the Associated Press, a group of nine third-graders in south Georgia actually did hatch such a plan.

    The children, ages 8 and 9, were supposedly mad at the teacher because she had scolded one of them for standing on a chair.

  • Seat belt law should be fair

    I was stopped by the police and given a ticket for no seat belt on March 23.

    There should not be any discrimination in the law about who should wear seat belts and who shouldn't.

    I will admit passengers and children should wear them. It should be up to the driver if he or she does not want to buckle up.

    If I am going to get a ticket, then every school bus driver should get a ticket for every child on his or her bus.

    This law needs to be put to the Supreme Court and ruled on so as not to have a double standard where the law is concerned.

    Jack Strawder

  • Not thankful enough

    I am definitely not a writer, but after a week of thinking about how hard times are with gas and groceries being so high and jobs so hard to find, it was put on my heart to write how thankful I am for my job.

    I live within three miles of my workplace, so it takes very little gas to get there and it's not an ordinary workplace. The place I work is Campbellsville Apparel. It is a little plant with about 200 employees. It opened in 1999 and has had its ups and downs. Being laid off most of 2007, people were getting worried about our jobs.

  • Still no sidewalks

    Another spring and still no sidewalks on North Central.

    I'm sure the barn at the golf course was in bad shape, but was it so unsafe that it couldn't wait a couple more years?

    If we can't afford the concrete, couldn't the City at least clean off the bank so people could at least get off the road? I'm sure a dirt path would be better than challenging the oncoming traffic.

    Maybe we could get Campbellsville University involved as they have a lot of students who use the road.

    Rick Quinn

    Campbellsville

  • Drugged driving should be a crime too

    One beautiful June morning in 2006, four community leaders from Bowling Green set out for a scenic drive on their motorcycles. For two of them, the ride would be their last.

    As they were driving through Logan County, a truck driver crossed a double-yellow line, killing two of the men and seriously injuring another. The truck driver had in her possession marijuana and drug supplies. In fact, she admitted to driving with drugs in her system, and tests verified that she had smoked marijuana before driving the vehicle.

  • What gets your news hackles up?

    Ever since Satan took the form of a snake and tempted Adam and Eve, there has been a mystery associated with reptiles.

    Not since we published a story last week about a man charged with transporting "poisonous" snakes without a permit did we realize how some of what we do so affects our readers.

    Write a story about a child being abused (and this is Child Abuse Awareness Month) and you might never hear a peep. Write a story about someone transporting snakes and you're getting advice all day.

    That's what makes the news business so interesting and frustrating at times.