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Opinion

  • It’s important to understand a question before formulating an answer.

    State Auditor Adam Edelen made several questions very clear last week about Kentucky’s special taxing districts after his office spent six months developing a report on what it calls ghost governments.

    Among them: What is a special taxing district? How many exist in Kentucky? Who oversees them?

    How does the public get information about how they spend public money?

    What’s the process for dissolving a district?

  • As we celebrate a season of thankfulness this week, many will gather around a table with family and friends to enjoy a meal. As we do this, we should remember that there are others who are not as fortunate.

    Thanksgiving is a time to offer special thanks for all we are blessed with throughout the year, but it should also be a time when we think of those who are not blessed with a hot meal or may not have a roof over their heads.

  • For the sake of the people of Clinton, Cumberland and Monroe counties, here’s hoping the good David Williams shows up as circuit judge — and not the petty partisan bully whose ego frequently got the best of him as president of the state Senate.

    Gov. Steve Beshear, who thrashed Williams in the race for governor last year, used his appointment powers to rid the legislature of his Republican nemesis.

  • Do you like to complain? A lot of people do and they will especially do it when it comes to politics.

    There’s an old saying that goes, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.”

    That saying is very true and if you don’t care enough to get out and cast your vote on Election Day, why should anyone care to hear what you have to say about the state of politics, whether it be on a local or national level?

  • Child abuse is an unspeakable injustice that doesn’t discriminate against race, religion or socioeconomic status.

    In recent years, Kentucky and Indiana have ranked among the worst states in the nation for deaths and near-deaths resulting from child physical abuse.

  • It only takes a moment to do some good for someone else. Often we might find ourselves too busy to stop and think about the well being of others, but one person in Taylor County recently did just that, and we should all stop and take notice of his heroic actions.

  • On Saturday afternoon, there will be excitement in the air as friends, visitors and alumni of Campbellsville University arrive on campus. Some will be there for the first time, while others will return after years away from a place that has always had a special spot in their hearts.

    Homecoming is about celebrating and Campbellsville University deserves to be celebrated. Not only does the university educate students from Taylor and other counties, it also has a massive economic impact on the community, which totals more than $93 million.

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    There is a new face in the Central Kentucky News-Journal office.

    Leslie Moore, a Taylor County native and recent graduate of Lindsey Wilson College, joined the staff last week as our newest staff writer.

    As part of her duties, Moore will be covering activities in some of our local schools, as well as city government and other beats. She will also be working on feature stories about you, the people of Taylor County.

  • There is a lot of talk out there about percentages. The wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income tax, the percentage of voters veering left or right on any given day.

    Here’s another one. One-half of 1 percent. That’s roughly how much of the U.S. population has been active duty at any time during the past decade, many now included in the overall veteran population, about 13 percent.

  • Here’s hoping Kentucky shared in the national decline in teen smoking reported recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    USA Today attributes an “historic drop in smoking,” not just among teens but across all age groups, to a 62-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax in 2009.

    Raising the federal tax to $1.01 a pack has brought in about $30 billion in new revenue to the U.S. treasury.

    Meanwhile, some 3 million fewer Americans smoked in 2011 than in 2009, even though the population has increased.

  • Some Kentucky high school students recently got a better idea of how dangerous it is to text while driving when AT&T brought a simulator to their schools. Students got into a car, put on simulation goggles and attempted to text. Wearing the goggles, the teens saw a virtual road with other drivers and pedestrians.

    While texting, the young drivers ran off the road, hit other cars and even killed pedestrians, all in a virtual situation. But the scary truth is the virtual damage and loss of life mirrors reality.

  • Last year in Kentucky, youth status offenders were booked 1,335 times into a juvenile detention center. It cost about $1.48 million to keep them locked up for a total of 7,191 days and their home counties paid $663,640 of that expense, according to report from Kentucky Youth Advocates.

    Was it money well spent? Many juvenile court authorities and groups that promote child welfare say no.

  • Roger Cook has hit the nail on the head.

    Cook, superintendent of Taylor County Schools, sent out an email earlier this week to teachers, board members and others in the school district, and we here at the CKNJ are also on that mailing list. The message addresses what is a growing problem with school supplies in our public schools.

  • When it comes to taxes, almost everyone would say they pay plenty on everything these days.

    And when it comes to sending a child to school, there’s no doubt it can be an expensive process with all of the necessities on that back-to-school list.

    To help ease the pain of parents as they send children back to school, Kentucky needs to join a growing list of states that offer a tax-free shopping week or weekend in preparation for the start of a new school year.

  • Weeks without a good rain and days of 100-plus degree temperatures have left Taylor County and many others in Kentucky parched.

    Still, as of the writing of this editorial on Monday, Taylor County is not under a burn ban and the county’s annual fireworks display is still scheduled to go on as usual. Many residents will also take the opportunity to enjoy their own fireworks displays at home.
    While it’s legal to use a wide array of fireworks, even in these dry conditions, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

  • The way social media has taken over society today, it’s understandable that an organization like the city of Campbellsville would feel the need to have a policy related to its use by employees. However, we believe the policy could have been handled much differently.

  • Cancer is a disease that has touched almost everyone. If not in our own lives, or in those of our families, almost all of us have had a friend or coworker touched by the dreaded disease.
    Here at the CKNJ, we are no different. Many of us have lost friends and loved ones, and we have had others in our lives to experience a scare with cancer. Now, we have been given the news that cancer has come to a member of the CKNJ family.
    James Roberts, a longtime reporter with us, has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.

  • The most famous horse race in the world will take place in Louisville on Saturday, and because of it, there will be plenty of people at Churchill Downs eating, drinking and enjoying the atmosphere. Oh, and you can bet many of them will be there to gamble.
    That got us thinking about how gambling is viewed in Kentucky, and how our legislators will not let Kentuckians make up their own minds about casinos and other forms of expanded gaming.

  • Do you have deadlines you have to meet?
    If you didn’t have your income tax submitted by this past Tuesday, you will be penalized in a monetary fashion.
    If you turn in a paper late for a class, you will get penalized with a lesser or failing grade.

    If you show up late to work so many times, you will get penalized and eventually could lose your job.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    It started out as a preview of year-round school, but shouldn't schools look at the possibility of starting school later than the first week of August?

    August is usually the hottest month of the year. Buses have no air conditioning and sometimes schools close down for half the day because of the heat.

    It also costs much more to keep school buildings cool during that kind of weather.