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Opinion

  • 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.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    Imagine you resigned from your job in the private sector after making a few less-than-savory choices. Would you expect to benefit from your employer's pension plan?

    Certainly not. So, why should former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner be entitled to an estimated $1.28 million pension after resigning his post amid a sexting scandal?

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    Fireworks fans no longer need to travel to Tennessee or another state to buy fireworks. We can purchase them right here in Taylor County.

    A new amendment to state law allows us to have fireworks that shoot into the air. While we have an opportunity for more fun, we also have the responsibility for safety.

    Adults should set a good example for the younger generation when enjoying the sight and sounds of fireworks. Be sure to light fireworks in a safe area, away from buildings and animals.

  • It was no less meaningful with a smaller crowd. And the money raised was certainly nothing to sneeze at. But we were definitely dismayed at the low turnout for this year's Relay for Life.

    Most everyone, at some point in their life, will be touched by cancer, whether it is one's self, a family member or a friend. That's why the search for a cure is so desperately important.

  • As Congress crafts a budget that addresses our nation's long-term fiscal challenges, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and our network partners - 1,068 food pantries, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs - are urging our elected officials to safeguard nutrition assistance and other safety net programs.

  • Firefighters with the Campbellsville and Taylor County fire departments will begin collecting for the Crusade for Children fundraising campaign tomorrow.

    Unlike years past, there will be no door-to-door collections, only roadblocks set up at major intersections throughout town.

    This means we all need to drive a little slower and more carefully than usual.

    It also means we should search our hearts (and our pockets) and give what we can to this worthwhile charity.

  • Friday marks the official end of childhood for Campbellsville and Taylor County high school seniors. Adulthood is now directly in front of them.

    Graduates have important decisions to make - whether to continue their education or head straight into the job market. Then there's marriage, family and other important life choices. No matter the path they choose, we wish all of them the very best of luck.

    The CHS ceremony is at 6:30 and the TCHS ceremony at 7:30.

  • Memorial Day is a time set aside to specifically honor the memory of those who have died in our nation's service.

    It is because of their sacrifices on our behalf that we live in freedom today, so it's only fitting that there be a day set aside especially for honoring them.

    Pope John Paul II once said, "War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no place on humanity's agenda for the future." However, as long as there is evil in the world, the right will fight against it.