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Opinion

  • My name is Kyle Nappi. I am 17 years old and I live in Ostrander, Ohio. I was wondering if you could do me a favor.

    I have a big interest in history, specifically World War II. I collect military medals, patches, badges, insignia, field gear and a very unique thing, veterans' autographs. I have a scrapbook collection of autographs from military veterans who served during WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and the present war in Iraq.

  • Watching our kids grow up, we always wonder what they will grow up to be. We try to help them, but eventually it will be their own decision. We can only hope and pray that they will make good choices as they get older.

    That brings me to Pfc. Montrell Durham. Montrell was a graduate of Campbellsville High School, where he played football. He liked playing, but as his father, I don't think he had the drive or motivation to be an outstanding player.

  • Several council members and I have been visiting with residents in the proposed annexation area this past week. Several good questions have been asked by the residents and I thought it may be useful to those who will be voting on this issue to know the questions and answers prior to the election:

    Will the school district change?

    No, the city and county school districts have nothing to do with the city limits.

    When will the sewer be installed?

  • Someone somewhere said that information only brings us closer to our ignorance. Misinformation, it turns out, is far worse than some information, or no information at all.

    We find that to be true in national and state politics where, evidently, you can make all manner of claims without documentation. It's evidently becoming a more and more acceptable practice. It's a game of who can misinform better than the other guy.

    But misinformation certainly isn't isolated to national and state politics.

  • On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. in the afternoon, I was having severe trouble breathing. As soon as I arrived at Taylor Regional Hospital emergency room, the ER staff, including the ER doctor that day, attended to me immediately.

    I just wanted to let Taylor County people and those in surrounding counties know how well trained the emergency room staff is. If I had not received immediate attention, I don't know what would have happened.

  • Domestic violence is behavior - emotional, psychological, physical or sexual abuse - that one person in an intimate relationship uses in order to control the other.

    DV takes many different forms and includes behaviors such as threats, name-calling, isolation, withholding of money, actual or threatened physical harm and sexual assault. Most domestic violence is committed against women by their male partners: 91 to 95 percent of all adult domestic violence assaults are perpetrated by men against their female partners.

  • Practice makes perfect. It may be an old saying, but there's a lot of truth there.

    And if we practice something enough, then maybe when it comes time to do it for real, we won't have to think about how to do it, it will just come naturally.

    That's the premise behind the fire department's annual Fire Prevention Week activities.

    From preschool age on, children learn the phrase, "Stop, drop and roll." Ask any kid you see - they know what it means as well as how and when to do it.

  • We have a clear choice for life in the races for governor, attorney general and state auditor in the upcoming election.

    Gov. Ernie Fletcher has not only spoken for life throughout his career as a politician, he has voted for innocent life on every occasion presented to him. Steve Beshear has been the exact opposite, not only throughout his political career, but he proudly proclaims his support of abortion.

  • Mr. Leachman is wrong about his slam regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs (News-Journal, Monday, Oct. 15).

    As a retired VA administrator, I can vouch that the goal of the VA is to provide the highest quality healthcare. While it is sad that we do lose some veterans, what hospital does not?

  • In a few weeks, the commonwealth of Kentucky will be hosting elections. As usual, we listen to all the criticism one candidate has for another. Most of this is half-truths. Anything goes that makes the other candidate look bad.

    For the past term, we have had nothing but controversy coming out of Frankfort. This governor was elected on the promise to cleanup Frankfort. All we have had is more mudslinging and waste of taxpayer dollars. This governor has showed no respect for our laws and did pretty much what he wanted, abusing the office he swore to uphold.

  • On Thursday night, Oct. 12, the Taylor County High School volleyball team won its third consecutive District tournament title and in so doing became the first TCHS team to be undefeated in both regular and post-season play in the same year.

    Congrats to the Lady Cardinals for an impressive accomplishment!

  • It was Saturday night/Sunday morning a little after 1 a.m. Two female friends and myself had stopped on the side of the road in front of Lowe's to pick up a sack of chips and a box of cigarettes that had fallen off the top of my friend's vehicle.

    I saw a cop car in front of me in the parking lot. As I drove off, he followed in behind me and pulled me over as soon as I turned onto Broadway. I pull over and I saw another police car coming to assist. As soon as the officer exited his car, he asked to see my hands. He walked up and said my license plate was not working.

  • When my kids are fighting, they will sometimes try to divert my attention from the real issue at hand by pointing at a sibling in an accusatory tone, "Yeah, but he broke my toy last week and then he made a face at you behind your back."

    Judging from the latest television commercials, it would appear as if our gubernatorial candidates have taken a lesson from my children.