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Today's Opinions

  • Elizabethtown restaurants not affected

    A few nights ago, my wife and I went to an Elizabethtown restaurant for a special birthday dinner. It was so nice to not have to worry about any secondhand smoke no matter which of the restaurants we chose due to the Elizabethtown smoke-free ordinance that went into effect several months ago. Every report I know of is only positive about their ordinance.

  • Cigarette smoking can be slow-motion homicide

    Like numerous communities in Kentucky, Campbellsville is seriously considering the important step of prohibiting smoking in restaurants. This is taking place all over the U.S. as people become more and more aware of the serious health consequences of exposure to other peoples' smoke.

    In my capacity as a professor at Western Kentucky University for 25 years, I was in Campbellsville many times, teaching students from Campbellsville.

  • What about making tobacco a drug?

    You printed the article about smoking (by Staff Writer James Roberts). Well, how about making tobacco a drug same as marijuana and all the dope that brings in billions of dollars yearly? Alcohol drinks are very bad, too.

    Campbellsville would not even be where we are today. Farmers depended on tobacco to pay off their bills and equipment. Today, in these times people get all doped up, with dope of all kinds. They get drunk, come home, spend their money, beat up their wife and children. Now the peddlers are selling dope to school children.

  • Magistrates not being thrify with Cat Hollow

    It's Christmas and you ask your family to supply a list of things that they might like to receive as a gift. But instead of going by the list, you decide to buy your wife a gift so expensive that you can no longer afford anything for anyone else. To top it all off, what you bought your wife wasn't even on her list.

    Well, Merry Christmas Taylor County, you just received Cat Hollow Road.

    Magistrates last Tuesday earmarked a $200,000 expenditure that no one but them appears to covet.

  • Hopes Smoking Ordinance goes through

    I hope that Campbellsville goes forward with a smoking ordinance in public buildings. All businesses should be smoke-free for health reasons.

    Also smoking should not be around the outside of doors and entrances. Those who smoke should have consideration for those who don't because it has an impact on other people.

    Tommy Larimore

    Greensburg

  • Named sources are always better

    When Judith Miller was arrested and jailed for not releasing to authorities the name of the person who outed then-undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame, the world of journalism was turned upside down.

    Realizing that it would be a long shot for me to receive Miller treatment in Central Kentucky because I wouldn't release a source to authorities didn't matter. News sources are sacred. But, then, we seldom use unnamed sources anyway.

    That didn't matter either.

    Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed The Free Flow of Information Act.

  • Don't water down Smoking Ordinance

    Who will Campbellsville City Council listen to - business interests or those interested in protecting the health of our workers? We'll find out in December when City Council next discusses a possible smoke-free law.

    At issue are the perceptions that smoke-free laws are bad for business and that installing ventilation systems will reduce secondhand smoke exposure. On both counts, nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Keeping Cat Hollow open was right thing to do

    Thank you, Magistrate Milford Lowe. You saw the bigger picture of keeping Cat Holler (Hollow) Road open and had all the facts.

    My name is Stan Lowe and I live in Illinois, but my dad, Norman E. "Doc" Lowe was born in what was called "Lowe Town" back off of Cat Holler (Hollow) Road. So was my grandpa Norman Lowe and my great-grandpa William Lowe. My great-great-grandpa Obediah Lowe, was one of the pioneers of this part of Kentucky. He migrated from Virginia back in 1816. My ancestors, unlike the current owners, have paid taxes in that area of Kentucky for almost 200 years.