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Today's Opinions

  • Meant to be a marathon

     

    "If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon."

    -Kathrine Switzer

     

    Oct. 13, 2013 - and the journey to get there - changed my life.

    That day, I, along with more than 40,000 other brave souls, ran the Chicago Marathon.

    And, during those 26.2 miles (and the 600 miles of training runs prior to the race), something inside of me changed.

    That might sound corny to some of you, but it's the truth.

  • CKNJ settling in to its new home

     

    To paraphrase a song from one of my favorite artists, Bob Seger, we packed up our bags and we took off down the road.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal moved to a new location earlier this month, and while we aren't finished, things are starting to feel like home.

    Like any good move, we had a plan. Also like any move, there were things that were unexpected. And now, with the move mostly complete, we have some boxes that are not unpacked and things that aren't where they belong, but we're getting there.

  • Project Graduation supporters thanked

    Taylor County Class of 2014 had its first fundraiser for Project Graduation on Friday, Oct. 18. Roadblocks were held at two intersections on the Campbellsville Bypass.

    We would like to thank all of the people who donated. Each donation was greatly appreciated, and helped make this fundraiser a huge success.

    We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who offered their time to help the senior class of 2014. Once again, thank you each and every individual who contributed to our Project Graduation.

    Shannon Lee, secretary/treasurer

  • 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.