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Opinion

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    They don’t call it March Madness for nothing! You won’t find any more avid basketball fans in the nation than those in Kentucky. Whether rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats or the Louisville Cardinals, Kentuckians take their basketball very seriously. This year, fans of both programs have special reason to be proud as both schools have reached the NCAA Final Four. This year marks the first time since 1961 that two teams from one state have met in the Final Four.

  • When you travel, you probably pay the bill yourself.
    If you’re a sports fan, and you want to watch Kentucky, or whatever your favorite team might be, play in the SEC or NCAA tournaments, you probably buy your own airline ticket to get there.
    If these statements apply to you, then you aren’t Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, because the governor has made it all too clear that the rules don’t apply to him.

  • Campbellsville University’s hard work has paid off on the hardwood as its men’s and women’s teams both were awarded bids for the NAIA Division 1 National Tournaments for this week.

    Coach Keith Adkins’ Tigers, who defeated four teams twice that made last year’s nationals, opened up yesterday in Kansas City vs. Biola (Calif.). The Tigers have been to nine NAIA nationals overall, and five in the last seven seasons.

  • You spoke, and we have tried to listen.
    Earlier this year, the News-Journal made a change to its TV listings. Previously, all listings were published in an inserted section in the Thursday issue of the paper.

  • Campbellsville Apparel has a government contract to make T-shirts for U.S. soldiers. That contract accounts for 115 of the company’s 173 employees.
    The local factory is the second in Kentucky to face a challenge from a competitor that doesn’t play by the same rules.

  • The divide between Taylor County Fiscal Court and members of the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is likely greater now than ever before. And, frankly, we understand why.
    In December, magistrates voted to revive the defunct Animal Control Board, inviting two SPCA members to join. This agreement was spurred by the allegations of abuse at Taylor County Animal Shelter. Those allegations have since been proven false following a state investigation.

  • Greetings from Frankfort.
    Anyone visiting the capitol this week would have enjoyed watching democracy in action, both on an individual level as well as a grander level. We passed legislation that made road travel safer for the Amish as well as the “English,” we moved forward in education and we found consensus on congressional redistricting even as legislative redistricting moved to the courts. It was a full week.

  • Since 1926, although by different names, America has celebrated Black History Month. Most of us think of the obvious names when we look back on black history, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver and many more.
    But there are many other contributions to society by black people whose names you may not know, but without their contributions, your life may be very different. Below are just a few black people and the significant contributions they have made to the world as we know it today.

  • As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.

  • While it seems many, including this editorial board, are divided on the issue of expanded gaming in Kentucky, legislators say their constituents want to vote on the issue.

    So does Gov. Steve Beshear, who plans to release his expanded gaming proposal this month.
    Before voters go to the polls, we’d hope they would do their research, weighing the pros and the cons of any candidate or issue. We’d hope that would also be the case if the issue of expanded gaming comes to a public vote.
    But, there’s a chance that may be impossible.

  • What is the real cost of the nine-year war in Iraq? Monetarily it is penned in the history books as $800 billion.
    But the sacrifice of American troops during the Iraq war, which started March 19, 2003, has been much greater. There were 4,487 American servicemen and servicewoman and an estimated 100,000 Iraqis killed during the war. And, there’s another 30,000 troops wounded, many maimed for life.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    For thousands of years, people have welcomed the new year by making resolutions. On today's Front Page, you will find local officials offering their resolutions, as well as a story on one of the most popular resolutions - losing weight and getting healthier.

    The staff of the Central Kentucky News-Journal decided to share our own resolutions for 2012.


  • And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
    And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and lineage of David,) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • You may remember years ago seeing a credit card commercial that touted the phrase, “Membership has its privileges.” That is often true, and one example of that is in being a member, or in this case, a subscriber, to the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    It’s no secret that many consumers are coupon crazy these days, looking for a way to save some money and find a bargain. We at the CKNJ understand that, and we are pleased to be able to help in that process by offering coupons in our Monday edition of the newspaper.

  • Kentucky Standard

    Landmark News Service

    Addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic occurring here in Kentucky is and will continue to be a daunting task. But the recent announcement that Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and others are developing legislation that will go a long way in prevention.

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    "Hey, buddy, how are you doing? I haven't seen you in years!"

    We've all been there - you're out in a store or restaurant, and suddenly you see someone you recognize, and they recognize you - but you just can't remember their name. You try hard, but you can't seem to come up with that name you once knew well, so you just call them "Buddy" or "Pal," or some other vague name like that, trying to conceal your forgetfulness.

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    We had just left the Hindu temple when I noticed the red dot on my mother’s forehead

    It was the “tilaki,” the third eye or mind’s eye, associated with many Hindu gods, also symbolizing the idea of meditation and spiritual enlightenment.

    I, a recent graduate of a high school education, feeding on my scholastic possibilities, feeling strong in my evangelical superiority, upbraided my mother: “You let them mark you! And, that’s a false religion.”

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    Gail Godsey said it best in Monday’s front page story on the upcoming “Hearts To Help” benefit concert for the Taylor County Food Pantry.

    “Christmas is a time of giving, and what better way to launch the Christmas season than giving to our neighbors?”

    Considering the economic hardships many of us are under these days, charitable donations are even more important. And there are many ways to give to those in need in Taylor County.

  • It’s a right as well as a privilege for Americans to speak their voices by casting a vote on Election Day.
    According to numbers at the Taylor County Clerk’s office, our county has 17,077 registered voters who will be eligible to cast a vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    Sadly, if the so-called political experts are correct, only about 3,400 of us will actually vote; turnout for the upcoming election is estimated to be around 20 percent.

  • He snored softly, his chest rising and falling ever so slowly.
    I waited in the room as he slept, secretly hoping to wake him but not wanting to startle him.

    I visited my grandfather last weekend at the veteran’s center that is now his home. If you read a previous column of mine about this topic, you know he moved there unwillingly. But now, well, he doesn’t really know much of anything.