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Opinion

  • Steve Lowery, former news editor at the Central Kentucky News-Journal, was a visionary. He could see the potential even before most of us could even fathom what could lie ahead. Even though we lost Lowery too early in life, at the age of 54, his contributions across the state, newspaper industry and the communities where he worked are still being felt and recognized.

  • Those who pay an abundance of taxes while they are alive shouldn't have their estates be required to pay a large amount of taxes to the government after they pass away.

    It's simply not fair and causes an undue burden on a family grieving over the loss of a loved one.

    We are of course referring to the estate tax, or, as many people refer to it - the death tax.

    The federal tax is levied on multi-million-dollar estates after a person in that tax bracket dies.

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    In a week where many Kentucky fans were disappointed to see their basketball Wildcats fall in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, another Wildcat continued to make the state, and especially his hometown of Campbellsville, quite proud.

     On Sunday, J.B. Holmes wrapped up another tournament title on the PGA TOUR, winning the Shell Houston Open.

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    Nature lovers believing they are helping to preserve some of Kentucky's greatest treasures, its lands, forests and streams, just got a rude surprise about the special "nature" state license plate they purchase.

    Proceeds from the $10 extra they pay for the plate, which is supposed to go to the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, instead are being siphoned off for the ever-insufficient state General Fund and used for other purposes, The Courier-Journal's Tom Loftus reported recently.

  • Editor’s Note: Below is a guest editorial in response to a Dec. 25 editorial by Jason Bailey with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

  •  It’s kind of like Alison Lundergan Grimes has one-upped St. Peter. The Democratic challenger to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been excoriated in the usually friendly urban media for denying Barack Obama four times before the cock crowed. Or at least before the Courier-Journal went to press.

  • Your bra is not giving you breast cancer.

    Your deodorant is not giving you breast cancer.

    Coffee is not giving you breast cancer.

    Mammograms are not giving you breast cancer.

    In a large percentage of cases, your genes aren't even giving you breast cancer.

    As with anything that escalates to the level of attention breast cancer has received, there are several myths about the disease. There are posts all over social media and even reports on mainstream media that do nothing but incite fear over incorrect information.

  • It's a week to celebrate in the newspaper industry. Oct. 5-11 is recognized as National Newspaper Week, and as times are changing in our business in many ways, we continue to approach our work with pride in the product we present to you.

    Today, many people look at the newspaper industry, and the first thing that comes to mind is, "Newspapers are a thing of the past."

  • Since the beginning of recorded and unrecorded history - before the days of Rights to Life or Pro-Choice, Papal declarations, even contraceptives - human beings have been reproducing. It's just in our hard wiring and the only way any and all of us are here today.

    In addition to the joy of embracing little bundles of joy, one pragmatic benefit for our forefathers and foremothers was, in effect, "creating" their own work force which was essential to farm life since there wasn't another pool from which help could be hired such as we have today.

  • Even after he took his last breath, Tony Grider was never alone.

    Firefighters stood by Grider's side until he was put to rest yesterday afternoon, and they did so every minute after he was injured on Aug. 21.

    Saying goodbye to someone is never easy, and we know the past two days have been especially hard for Grider's family and all the brothers and sisters he served with at fire and EMS.

  • A campaign bus that doesn't have the proper permits to carry passengers. A campaign manager who resigned because of rumors he might be connected to an improper donation in Iowa last year.

    These are the topics it seems the campaigns for both sides of the U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky want to talk about.

    Of course, the candidates don't want to talk about their own campaign problems. They want to talk about their opponent's.

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    After 30 years in Washington, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she no longer believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the best candidate for Kentucky's farmers.

    "Never has a senator been paid so much for doing so little for the people in Kentucky," Grimes said at Kentucky Farm Bureau's "Measure the Candidates" forum, at the group's headquarters in Louisville on Wednesday.

  • When you think about farmers, what do you picture?

    For many, the word likely conjures images of a middle-aged man in overalls driving a tractor.

    Quint Pottinger is not that farmer.

    Recently, Pottinger was named an agriculture Champion of Change by the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture for his efforts to grow the next generation of farmers, his initiatives and his involvement in state agricultural organizations.

  • Kentucky got some exciting news this week.

    Already a national leader in establishing its own health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, it now is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to cutting the number of its residents with no health insurance.

    Kentucky ranked second, just behind Arkansas, in showing the sharpest reductions in people without health coverage under the law also known as Obamacare, according to a survey by Gallup, the national polling firm.

  • It's been said that each summer seems shorter than the last.

    And even though the days on the calendar don't really get any fewer, feeling that they go by in the blink of an eye is understandable.

    It seems like only days ago that local high school seniors went to prom and crossed the stage to get their diplomas. We wish them best of luck at college or the workplace.

    Students at Kentucky Christian Academy went back to class on Tuesday and Campbellsville and Taylor County students once again grazed their hallways starting Wednesday.

  • Imagine you run a company and once a month you must cast a net for a new pool of temporary workers. You send letters and notify potential hires to report for a meeting, where they will learn if they make the final cut. They could miss time at their regular jobs, and they would be paid only $12.50 a day for the special assignment at your company.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    The past week has been full of celebration. And what a celebration it was.

    With perfect weather, thousands of people came to Taylor County last week for our annual Fourth of July celebration.

    The events spanned a week, from singings and concerts to parades to games to food to hot air balloons to fireworks.

    But throughout the celebration, the feeling that we were all free to enjoy the holiday is one we're sure everyone felt.

  • About 1.6 million students will graduate from college this year, according to The National Center for Education Statistics. They will be searching for full-time work, but the odds are stacked against them. Although the job market is improving, competition is fierce and jobs are scarce and the U.S. Labor Department says unemployment among 2013 graduates is still high at 10.9 percent. In addition to those concerns, college graduates are saddled with student loan debt - it has passed the trillion-dollar mark - and often credit card debt.

  • Today's issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal is a gift from us to you.

    We at the CKNJ want you, the members of our community, to know that we are dedicated to providing you the news you want and need to read.

    As such, we give our community a free sample of that news every few months. We want you to know what you're missing if you don't subscribe or buy our paper on the newsstand.

    The CKNJ is truly your paper. With a small staff, we can't be everywhere and don't know about everything going on in our community.

  • The 2014 General Assembly session is all but wrapped up. The regular session ended with a two-week break, and the members returned on April 14 and 15 to address any potential vetoes by the governor and tie up loose ends.

    There were some successes in this legislative session, but also just as many disappointments as legislators wrangled with some tough issues while ignoring others.