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Today's Opinions

  • Coming up short, but still fighting cancer

    I made a challenge for myself, and as badly as I hate to say it, I failed.

    As Taylor County's annual Relay for Life event kicked off on Friday evening, I had set a goal for myself to walk 100 laps around the high school track to raise money in memory of my friend and co-worker, James Roberts, who died of cancer last year.

    The money-raising efforts were supported by many of you, either in the form of a donated amount or in the form of a pledge made for each lap I walked.

  • A teacher who changed lives

    To that very first class of students who sat in his classroom more than 34 years ago, he said he was sorry.

    "I had no clue what I was doing," William Wallace Evans said.

    Yet every person who attended the retirement celebration for Taylor County High School's longest-serving agriculture teacher on May 31 will readily vouch for Evans' value as an educator and leader in the Taylor County community.

  • Walking for James

     

    As many of you know, the Central Kentucky News-Journal lost a close friend last year when James Roberts, a reporter for the newspaper, lost his battle with cancer. He was 36 years old.

    I got to know James while I worked at the Springfield newspaper. When I came to the CKNJ, we quickly became even closer friends, and we discovered that we had similar interests in books, movies, music and more. Few knew it about him, but he was even a hockey fan.

  • Pausing to remember

     

    They gathered to remember and say thank you.

    Even in the pouring rain, more people turned out this year than in several past years to attend the community's annual Memorial Day service.

    If you haven't been to the service, I recommend you go next year. Several local dignitaries speak, American Legion members perform a flag ceremony and there are moments of prayer and song. It's a touching ceremony, simply put.

  • Resident wants microphones for fiscal court meetings

    At the last fiscal court meeting Taylor County Judge/Executive [Eddie] Rodgers brought up there was a need for microphones for court members and for persons addressing the court, as they have their back to the audience.

    I attend most of the Fiscal Court meetings, and if it's not real quiet in the courtroom, the magistrates or a person addressing the court don't talk loud enough or their voice just don't carry, it really makes it difficult to hear what is being said.

  • Wise thanks election supporters

    I want to take the time and thank each and every one of you for your help in electing me as your Kentucky state senator-elect for the 16th District.

    I cannot tell you how humbled I am for this opportunity that now lies before me.  I first want to thank God for blessing me in my daily life and I give all glory to him for this victory.

    Campaigning for this race has been the most spiritual, physical and emotional experience of my life and my immediate family's life.

  • True success should be celebrated

    The way I see it, in many ways this country is headed down hill fast; it's in high gear and nobody's touching the brakes.

  • Former CKNJ writer on hand for Holmes' Wells Fargo win

     

    I would never have dreamed it in 1975, when in the dead of winter, I moved from South Carolina to Campbellsville and rented a farmhouse from Bess and Clement Whitlock.

    But here I was in late April and early May at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C., working as a volunteer - as I have for the past seven years - for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    This year, however, proved to be extra special at the fabulously beautiful and lush green golf course that some say rivals even Augusta National and the Masters as THE tournament on the PGA tour.