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Today's Opinions

  • Something to talk about

    She lowered her eyes as if she were too ashamed to look at me. Her quivering voice revealed the emotional pain she was experiencing: “Pastor, what those people are saying about me just isn’t true.”

  • State failing in education spending

    In Fiscal Year 2008, Kentucky spent $21.7 million buying textbooks for students in the state's public school system.

    Today, free textbooks in K-12 public schools have gone the way of the dinosaur and the dodo bird. They became the extinct victims of substantial cuts in state spending on education in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

    While avoiding free textbooks' fate of complete eradication, other important K-12 programs took significant post-recession hits as well.

  • Remembering my grandfather

    It's hard to believe it's been a year since we lost him.

    My grandfather died on Oct. 13 last year after a stroke left him not really knowing who he was.

    He remembered me sometimes, but most of the time he didn't. He might have seen my parents and me as people who visited him occasionally, or more of the people who were just around him all of the time. We will never really know.

    He was my last living grandparent. That made his death especially hard for me.

  • Resident says he isn't anti-Campbellsville

    I have a feeling that perhaps my motives have been misunderstood. I want to clearly state for the record that I am not anti-city council, anti-mayor or anti-Campbellsville. I am very pro-Campbellsville.

    Everyone in this room, I believe, has this very important thing in common, and I want to personally thank the mayor and city council for not raising the property tax rates as they could have last month.

  • Now I want to sing

     

    Some people are gifted with beautiful solo voices to bless an audience. Other singers, perhaps not quite as vocally talented, bless others with quartet voices. Then there are those that bless others by not singing.

    I've always thought of myself as being in that latter category, but that's changed of late.

    Let me back up.

  • DYW co-chairs say thanks

    Another year is in the books for the Distinguished Young Woman of Taylor County program.

    This year, as always, we were committed to providing a showcase for some of the communities most outstanding young women and support them with the opportunity to present their achievements and talents for scholarship opportunities.

    The Class of 2014 offered 12 of our community's most exceptional girls, competing for more than $9,000 in cash scholarships and more than $70,000 in college offered scholarships.

  • Community needs anti-drug coalition

     

    The consequences were dire and life lasting. Hopefully, the message will be too.

    But without the community's agency geared toward educating our youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, just how many more students will hear such a message?

    As his mother for the morning, I was very disappointed in him.

    Here is the truth - my 14-year-old "son" was drunk and had gotten behind the wheel of a car. After crashing the car, his best friend was dead and my son was in jail, charged as an adult for his crimes.

  • Infamous 'picketers' visit CU campus

     

    Earlier this month, the infamous "picketers" arrived at Campbellsville University with signs declaring doom to students who did not repent from their "progressive" theologies.

    While many see groups such as this one as intolerant or crazy, it's important not to get lost in fighting against their "preaching."

    Though I don't agree with what this group has to say, I most certainly think they have a right to stand on the sidewalk and defend what they believe.