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Today's Opinions

  • Congratulations, Megan, for a job well done

    Campbellsville and Taylor County were once again well represented at this past weekend's Kentucky Junior Miss program.

    Megan Romines made a Top 15 showing. Taylor County's junior misses always do well at the state program and this year was no exception.

    Megan, you should be proud of your accomplishments. We are. We congratulate you on your success and wish for you only more in the future.

  • Public business is your business

    In January each year, the News-Journal's editorial staff sends out more than a dozen identical letters, each to a different governing body.

    Sounds exciting, doesn't it?

    Well, it might not be exciting, but it's a very important part of our job.

    The letters are requests for notification of meetings, agendas and copies of information that our public officials discuss or review at their meetings.

    In the past, some public officials have questioned whether they must provide information to the media.

  • Recession is already here

    My mother recently told me that she heard on the news that they were looking for a recession in the next so many months.

    I don't know about the rest of you, but personally I already found it a long time ago - what with scraping from paycheck to paycheck and outrageous bills being more than I make.

    The power companies and oil companies are clawing for what I don't have left over. It looks like most of us already had the heads up on this way before the news because we're living it.

  • Why can't we incent industry to move here?

    In response to the Jan. 7 front page article concerning the funding of the new Campbellsville industrial park, the question weighing on my mind, and I'm sure many other concerned citizens of Campbellsville, is what are the incentives for bringing industries into the existing unused spec buildings in Campbellsville and surrounding counties?

    Why put our focus on building more spec buildings when we can't even fill our existing ones?

  • Hopes CKNJ can weather the storm

    I agree with you that everything changes (Richard RoBards' column 1-14-08). It is the worst pill to swallow. Even in good times we have to face the fact that even if they last for 50 years, they end way too soon.

    I am worried about the Greek philosopher's quote that you used. Heraclitus was also the proud owner of the suggestion that he and his fellow citizens should hang themselves for banishing their leader.

    I hope that you and the Central Kentucky News-Journal can weather the storm of change without the hangman's rope.

    John Stone

    Campbellsville

  • Court traveling a slippery gravel slope

    "I'm warning you," Mom says. "This is the last time!"

    That idle threat is probably heard on a regular basis in every household from here to Timbuktu. But Taylor County magistrates heard something similar recently, and we certainly hope they'll really start to listen soon.

    Last November, magistrates voted to adopt a resolution recommended by the Court's Transportation Committee that the County no longer accept gravel roads into its road system - with the exception of three roads already in the process of being accepted.

  • Simplify: Not as simple as it sounds

    You've heard it before, but as we enter the New Year it's good to remember. Here it is: Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Now, of course, I have to ask the question, "Where does most of your discussion fall?"

    My guess is, if you were determined to talk more about ideas, than events, and least and last of all, people, you would probably talk less ... period! Talking about ideas requires thinking, and let's admit it, that isn't easy.

  • 'Nothing endures like change'

    I'll admit that when I learned 11 days ago that the company I'm working for is going to shop itself around to potential new owners, you could have blown me over with a feather.

    Thirty-five years (3 1/2 less than I've been with my wife) will solidify a feel-good relationship. Times do change.

    I've been asked what's going to happen by fellow employees and the public alike. I wish I had THE answer they're looking for, because uncertainty breeds wild thoughts - most of them a waste of productive concentration.