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Today's Opinions

  • Hold that newspaper obituary

    For years community newspapers have been riding the coattails of metropolitan dailies. The ride hasn't been all that great.

    Nationally, newspaper readership has taken its share of hits and criticisms. But what we knew in the community journalism business was never allowed to make forecasting reports because the data from our sector was jaded by the dailies, where a different story was emerging.

  • Wishes for drug and dope free America

    I noticed that Karen Hayes, Campbellsville Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition, says we should show we care - ban smoking.

    Well, I care what alcohol, marijuana and all the other pills and needles do. Some quit smoking so they get on dope so no one will notice. All this above will cause death, beat on children, molest their parents, hemorrhage though the nose, burn up your brain, cause cirrhosis of the liver and eventually death.

  • Need alcohol sales to make jail profitable?

    Judging from the size and cost of the jail that's being built, I think we will have to legalize alcohol sales in order to keep the jail profitable.

    Mike Haliday

    Campbellsville

  • Where does the buck stop?

    In recent weeks, I have tried to find out that very answer. The buck in question is: Who is responsible for the traffic in front of Campbellsville Elementary School?

    Well, let me tell you all the answers I have received so far.

    First was the superintendent's response. Basically, I was told that there isn't enough money to pay an officer to direct traffic, but that I should call the transportation director for help.

  • Baptist Association against alcohol sales

    The Taylor County Baptist Association is concerned about the ongoing effort to place a local option on the ballot in the City of Campbellsville that would allow for the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants under certain conditions.

  • Our important obligation

    "Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence."

    - Bernard Montgomery

    While it may often be unfair, elected officials are held to a higher accountability than the average person. Their character, their pasts, their integrity - all are intensely scrutinized.

    Look, for example, at the current presidential campaign. If what's going on in newspapers and on television stations across the country isn't intense scrutiny we don't know what is.

  • Putting public record on the record

    From speeding tickets, misdemeanors and indictments to marriages, divorces and land transfers, the News-Journal publishes a myriad of public records.

    Do you read them? How interested are you in reading about them? Which of them are you more interested in?

    We honestly want to know what you think.

    That's why the Central Kentucky News-Journal is conducting a reader survey about public records. We would appreciate your opinion on the content of the News-Journal's On the Record page - what you read, what you don't read and what you think about it.

  • The pickup deserves its own praise on National Agriculture Day

    March 20 is the first day of spring, and it's also National Agriculture Day.

    And that means it's an appropriate time to salute our local farmers.

    I could write volumes about tobacco quotas and foreign imports and the need to buy American, and how our farmers are struggling to keep the rest of us fat and prosperous.

    But I'm not going to do that.

    I've decided it's time another icon of American self-reliance and rural independence received some appreciation. And I don't think farmers will mind at all.

    It's something near and dear to each and every one of them.