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Opinion

  • Each year in June, the Central Kentucky News-Journal celebrates Taylor County men with a special section. The newspaper also asks for help from the community in choosing one man, in particular, who has excelled in his family, career, community and church during the past year.

    Residents send in their nominations for Taylor County Man of the Year and then a committee of News-Journal staff and others meets to consider those nominations as well as others in the community.

  • "Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad."

    Maybe he read bedtime stories, planned a fishing trip or took us to that special ball game. Perhaps he helped with the dreaded algebra homework or set that curfew we didn't always agree with.

    Or maybe he has lent advice or encouragement as we have become parents ourselves.

    For all those things, now is the time to give thanks.

    Sunday is Father's Day, and we all should set aside some time to do just that.

  • There’s just something about competition that brings out the worst in some people.

    Whether it’s a kids’ ball game, a school award or a beauty pageant, all too many times adults embarrass themselves in front of their children.

    We sign our children up for sports teams so they can learn how to play the game from coaches. Then we yell directions from the sidelines ourselves and complain about the very people we have asked to teach our children sportsmanship and skills?

  • Everyone has opinions. We express ours quite often in this very space.

    But opinions mean nothing if they are not shared. And right now, ideas are needed.

    On June 15, state lawmakers will reconvene in Frankfort to address a projected budget deficit of $1 billion. The governor has a plan to cut $200 million, a plan some lawmakers say will actually gain plenty of support on House and Senate floors. He's also added the possibility of slot machines at Kentucky racetracks to the agenda.

    This doesn't mean the problem is solved.

  • So many times, we hear complaints that there's nothing to do. Well, that's certainly not the case this coming weekend. As a matter of fact, we doubt any one person could attend ALL the events that are happening.

    Starting tonight, there are opportunities to volunteer with the Crusade for Children door-to-door fundraising each evening and help with roadblocks during the coming weekend.

  • Firefighters live their lives on call, hoping they're never needed. But just after 5 a.m. Tuesday, they got the call they probably hoped they'd never receive.

    A fire at the former Fruit of the Loom plant destroyed a warehouse there. And, boy, was it a doozy. The fire was so huge, it took all our local firefighters plus those from surrounding counties hours to contain it.

    There's probably nothing being discussed more in our community this week than the fire.

  • We've said it before. But we think it's time to say it again. The right to breathe clean air should take precedence over the right to smoke.

    Just prior to tonight's Campbellsville City Council meeting, there will be a public hearing on the issue of a smoking ban in public buildings. That will be followed by a vote of the Council.

    Such a ban simply makes sense ... because smoking endangers others' health.

  • Firefighters in the Campbellsville and Taylor County fire departments and their many volunteers will begin collecting for the Crusade for Children fundraising campaign next week.

    For the past few years, volunteers have conducted door-to-door collections in a different segment of the county each night in an attempt to reach all households. Those collections start Monday evening and continue through Thursday evening.

    In addition, roadblocks are held at major intersections throughout the community on Friday and Saturday and near the fire department on Sunday morning.

  • "It is only the ignorant who despise education."

    -Publius Syrus (42 B.C.)

    Knowledge. Education. Learning. Growth. No matter how old we get, learning is imperative. One can never learn enough.

    Each of us learns something new every single day. Sure, it might not be as complicated as a foreign language, physics or calculus. It may just be a new neighbor’s name or that the price of gas dropped a penny.

  • Fifth Region Tournament appearances are a common occurrence for Campbellsville's and Taylor County's baseball teams and the Lady Cardinal softball squad.

    This year will be no different as the 20th District Tourney baseball title resides in this county for the 20th consecutive season after the Eagles conquered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

  • While Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those among us who have served their country, Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember and honor those who gave the ultimate service to their country.

    Today is that day.

    And we hope you have plans to attend this afternoon's Memorial Day ceremony at the Taylor County War Memorial at 2 p.m.

    It takes a special kind of person to be willing to fight for their country, knowing that it could cost their life. And it takes a special family to support that loved one in their determination to serve.

  • There may be hope yet ... as long as they don't change their minds - again.

    We believe the Fiscal Court's action at Tuesday night's meeting with regard to helping fund Rescue and E-911 services for the community is a positive step.

    It's comforting to know that magistrates appear to believe in the benefits of a countywide Rescue and E-911. We certainly think those benefits outweigh the costs. Our emergency services are second to none - anywhere. And we shouldn't have to "make do" with less than what we have now.

  • This is a special week. It's special because it's a week that recognizes those who chose careers that have allowed them to serve others. Not only is it National Nurses Week, but it's also National Police Week.

    How many of us will go through our lives without receiving some sort of help from at least one individual in both professions? Not many, we think.

    National Nurses Week occurs each year from May 6-12.

  • Mother's Day comes but once a year. But, honestly, it should be celebrated every day of the year.

    We all have mothers ... either by birth or in someone we look to as a mother figure. They are the women who comfort us when we need comforting, encourage us when we need encouragement, who teach us right from wrong, who love us even when we feel we've failed them.

    And Sunday is their day.

  • Each year in May, the Central Kentucky News-Journal honors Taylor County women with a special section. The newspaper also asks for help from the community in choosing one woman in particular who has excelled in her family, career, community and church during the past year.

    Residents send in their nominations for Taylor County Woman of the Year and then a committee of News-Journal staff and others meets to consider those nominations as well as others in the community.

  • "9-1-1 ... Where is your emergency?"

    "My husband is having a heart attack, please send an ambulance immediately."

    "Oh, I'm sorry, apparently you live outside the City limits. We can't help you."

    Are the City and County in a mess, or what? And the worse part of all is that we can't say we weren't warned.

  • What would Earth Day be without hand wringing over the supposedly dire state of the planet?

    Concern over climate change seems to have reached a fever pitch. And the American economy has been fingered as the culprit.

    President Obama's recent budget proposal pours a whopping $150 billion into clean energy technologies and another $75 billion into tax incentives for "alternative" energy research. It also includes a national "cap-and-trade" program for greenhouse-gas emissions that would demand an estimated $79 billion from American industry.

  • Apparently we're teaching our youth well.

    We're pretty impressed with some activities that local youth and college students have planned lately. With the apathy so often prevalent in our society today, it's nice to see that not all of the new generation is following in our footsteps.

    How many of us adults participated in a fundraiser for a homeless shelter in our youth? How many of us volunteered to go without food for a 30-hour period to help children in a Third World country? Not too many, we predict.

    But that's exactly what today's youth are doing.

  • There's good news at local schools all the way around.

    Between the impending announcements of new superintendents at both school districts and the increases in this year's ACT scores, it appears local educators are doing their best.

    Watch for a story about the increase in local students' ACT scores in an upcoming issue.

  • When the News-Journal Editorial Board disagrees with a particular decision made by public officials, we don’t hesitate to say so. So, to be fair, when public officials make a good decision, we need to do the same.

    We took issue with a recent private meeting between some City Council and Fiscal Court members. We believe the public’s business should be discussed in public.

    The public has a right to be informed, especially when it comes to how our tax dollars are being spent and the possibility that we might have to pay more.