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Today's Opinions

  • National Home Care Month

    More than 11 million Americans would rather be treated in the comfort of their own home when they are sick, than a hospital, nursing home or outside health care facility. Millions more will be added to our ranks in the near future.

    Our country's ability to maintain an effective health delivery system will be decided on how we care for vulnerable populations of Americans such as the aged, the chronically ill, the disabled and children.

  • Have a great Thanksgiving

    Today is a day officially set aside as a time for gratitude. And those of us who live in Campbellsville and Taylor County have so much for which to be grateful.

    Most of us will sit down with family members and friends for a meal that can only be described as a feast. We can also be thankful that we have neighbors who will be there for those who don't have family and friends nearby or for those who don't have the resources to provide their own feasts.

  • Mooners must beware

    A small Illinois town is taking on droopy drawers. Congratulations to the Pine Lawn City Council.

    According to a Nov. 13 Associated Press story, City Council members there recently passed a law against saggy pants. Offenders could face fines of up to $100.

    Illinois business developers, the story said, have suggested that the law would improve the city's image.

  • 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