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Today's Opinions

  • City Schools need to go that extra mile

    We hear the words more often lately - budget cuts, recession, economic downturn. No one is sheltered from the ramifications - especially our government agencies that count on tax dollars to make ends meet.

    So, it comes as no real surprise that one of our school systems is looking at the possibility of raising the mileage fee it charges school groups for extracurricular trips.

    We can be relatively sure that there will be many more such proposals if budget cuts reach the level already being discussed in Frankfort.

    We don't have a problem with legitimate discussion.

  • Sexual abuse laws need to be toughened

    Did you know that in Kentucky there is a tougher penalty for cock fighting, if you own one of the roosters or the fight occurs on your property, than for sexually abusing a 12-year-old child?

    The following changes to Kentucky's sexual abuse laws are being proposed. House Bill 211 includes the following:

    - Changing the ages covered in first-degree child sexual abuse (defined as abuse other than rape or sodomy) from "up to 12" to "up to 16 years of age."

  • News judgment is distressing

    As a 24-year resident of Campbellsville, I have watched with dismay as the News-Journal has featured person after person on the front page as a result of their indictment or run-in with the law.

    I can only imagine the grief caused to the family and friends of those so featured. I can only wonder why that qualifies as front-page news?

  • Presidential campaigns are energizing

    "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for a more common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for The United States of America."

    Every election, be it Fiscal Court, City Council, Senate or Presidential, we the people, have the opportunity to form a more perfect union. We all have the chance to promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty.

  • Dope dealers need to be registered too

    Isn't it nice to see Kentucky potentially be the vanguard of a national movement instead of its hind end?

    Right now, Kansas is the only state in the U.S. (that I am aware of at least) that has established a system of registration for convicted dope dealers and manufacturers. Kentucky could join Kansas if BR273, sponsored by Middlesboro Rep. Rick Nelson, passes this year's General Assembly.

  • Prisoners are there for the taking

    Just about the same time that a story in this paper told of jail construction being a month behind, another story in another paper told of our state's prisons being overcrowded.

    If that trend holds, then we can't get our jail completed soon enough.

    Cha-ching.

    That will be good news (if it's still true when our jail opens) to everyone who has a hand in seeing that the County's new facility breaks even or, better yet, turns a profit.

  • Anxious for governor's budget plan

    I'm sure many of your readers watched our governor's State of the Commonwealth Address last week. At least, it is hoped they did, for we all need to keep abreast of the events that will affect each of us.

    Personally, I was a bit disappointed for he didn't tell us much in the way of his intentions for the state. Not that I really expected him to; his intent was to generate enthusiasm in all of us and in the General Assembly for the up-coming legislative session.

  • Health care out of reach of many Americans

    There is a new issue in our country about children and others with dental care concerns. Revealed in this new concern is the fact that most parents do not have or cannot afford insurance or the out-of-pocket medical costs to simply seek dental care.

    And what is the first answer they have for combating this? Ban sweets and sugary drinks from schools and such. This is an effect from the cause of poverty. You remember that slowly consuming poverty that corporate America is quite adamant in pushing on us poor working class people?