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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Monday evening, the streets and sidewalks will be lined with hungry little ghouls, goblins and many other characters limited only by the imagination of the children underneath the costumes. And while Halloween can be a fun time for children, it can also be dangerous.

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    Homecoming at Campbellsville University carries with it a rich tradition of history and pageantry. For those of us here at the CKNJ who have experienced homecoming, there is nothing quite like it in our community, and it has given us great memories of the past, and events to which we can look forward this year and others in the future.
    From the opening of festivities to the final horn of the football game and beyond, we have so many activities to enjoy. No matter what your preference might be, there’s something for everyone.

  • I was standing at the street corner, waiting for the light to change when I saw him out of the corner of my eye. He was waving his left arm from his car window, urgently trying to get my attention. Then, pulling out of his parking space, he stopped in front of me, blocking me from crossing the street. Only after he lowered his electric window on the passenger side could I see who it was.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    Campbellsville Fourth of July Celebration play-by-play announcer, the late Everette Lee, had a saying when introducing the next people in the annual parade, something to the affect, they're "one of ours."

    That's the way it seems of the United States Marine Corps veteran Dakota Meyer, who was bestowed the Medal of Honor last week by President Obama, and was the grand marshal of the Cow Days Parade in Greensburg.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    Neither rain, nor sleet nor gloom of night.

    While the above refrain was never the official slogan for the U.S. Postal Service, we all know it well. And, it always gave us some reassurance that the mail would always be delivered.

    However, back in the late 1800s, when that slogan first became associated with USPS, no one had likely anticipated the impact of the internet.

  • Sept. 11, 2001, is a date that most of us will never forget. It was a day that evil struck terror in the hearts of millions.

    Nearly 3,000 people died when al-Qaeda terrorists put their deadly plan into action - a series of four coordinated suicide attacks.

  • This summer we've seen wild swings in the stock market, a last-minute debt deal, and even a rocking east coast earthquake. But one thing we haven't seen - from Memorial Day to Labor Day - is any improvement in the economy.

  • Most parents teach their children not to take things that don't belong to them. However, there are some people who will always feel they're entitled to whatever they want, no matter who it belongs to.

    And in today's economy, such thefts hurt more than just the victims.

    With the recent surge in coupon usage, newspapers in many states are dealing with increased theft from newsstands. Just last week, the News-Journal contacted police about an individual caught on camera stealing a handful of newspapers.

  • You've just finished mowing the lawn, complete with trimming and sweeping the grass clippings. Before going inside, you glance to your left and see your neighbor's neatly trimmed lawn. To your right, however, is what resembles an exhibit at the Louisville Zoo.

  • Parents are getting arrested at Rowan County schools for unruly behavior. Apparently, many there don't believe in setting a positive example for their children.

    A recent article on www.lex18.com about the issue was brought to our attention by Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook in an e-mail earlier this week.

    Cook, in his e-mail, complimented the parents in his school district, but it brought to light that this is an issue in some Kentucky schools.

  • Those who broke into the Taylor County Fairgrounds and stole more than $10,000 worth of equipment committed a crime against the entire community.

    There's a feeling of violation that accompanies such a theft. So many of those who attend the fair each year are children, and crimes against children are especially vile.

  • Although summer won't officially be over until Sept. 23, the summer break is drawing to a close as area school children head back to the classroom next week.

    While teachers and school districts are held accountable by the state for ensuring that students learn what they're supposed to, it's up to parents to see that their children get to school on time each day, do their homework and study for tests.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    There is no doubt that economic development is important for Campbellsville and Taylor County. We all want our community to flourish.

    We aren't really sure how the most recent disagreement as to the funding and purpose of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority came about, but it does bring up some important questions.

  • Imagine this scenario:

    John, 34, has looked forward to this day for a long time - 11 years and 4 months, to be exact. When John was 22, he got into some trouble and made poor decisions. A bad couple of years ended in an arrest, a conviction and a prison sentence.

  • We don't make a habit of tooting our own horn, but every now and then we feel it's important to remind readers of all that their community newspaper offers for free - something that no one else in town can.

    In addition to in-depth news and events coverage in each issue, we also enjoy publishing reader-submitted news. With our small staff, we recognize that we can't be everywhere all the time, so we count on our readers to submit news.

    What can you submit for free?

  • From fireworks to floats, food to entertainment and shopping to crafts, this year's Fourth of July celebration has something everyone can enjoy. And, the best part of it all, the majority of it is free.

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Fourth of July celebration offers family-oriented events to help all residents celebrate independence in style.

    Be sure to take the children to the Family Fun Zone for some free games and activities.

  • Social media can be a useful - and even helpful - way to easily connect with friends and family members. At the same time, however, it can also cause unpleasant problems and even danger.

    It's important for parents to monitor their children's use of social media - and computer usage in general. There are many dangers in our world today, and more and more are originating from the Internet.

    Just a couple of weeks ago, there was an arrest in Campbellsville resulting from alleged improper interaction between an adult and a 15-year-old on Facebook.