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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • The art of campaign strategy

    We have a computer-generated sign on our conference room door that reads "Innovation Station." But an idea I read about from another newspaper may be THE most innovative idea that I've come across.

    In the April issue of Publishers' Auxiliary, a newspaper trade publication, Jim Pumarlo talks about a Minnesota (Tubby Smith territory) newspaper publisher who generated national headlines when he started charging 5 cents a word for letters to the editor that endorse a candidate.

  • Someone to inspire us

    We are standing at a crossroad in history. This has been and will be a record-breaking presidential election, in more ways than one. And for the first time in a long time, Kentucky voters will play a crucial role in selecting the presidential nominees.

    The Republican presidential primary has already been decided and they have quite a formidable candidate in Senator John McCain. But it's the Democratic race that still has many people on the edge.