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Opinion

  • Mother's Day comes but once a year. But, honestly, it should be celebrated every day of the year.

    We all have mothers ... either by birth or in someone we look to as a mother figure. They are the women who comfort us when we need comforting, encourage us when we need encouragement, who teach us right from wrong, who love us even when we feel we have failed them.

    And Sunday is their day.

  • What did you first think when you heard the news about Osama bin Laden's death?

    Answer the following question and your answer could be published in Thursday's News-Journal:

  • Campbellsville City Council and Taylor Fiscal Court have taken a step … we just hope it’s a step forward rather than a step backward.

    From Day One, it seems there’s been nothing but bickering back and forth between the two government entities about the future of Rescue and E-911.

    Last week, the city approved an agreement that would give control of Rescue to the county and keep the E-911 Center under city oversight. However, they also included some contingencies.

  • By John Rosenow, Arbor Day Foundation

     

    You probably have a favorite tree-lined street in your community. Or a tree-filled neighborhood you've always admired. Or a favorite forest where you like to bask in the beauty of the trees.

    It's important to remember that those beautiful spaces aren't here by accident. The forests we enjoy today - which give us both pleasure and environmental benefits - are here because of the vision, courage and hard work of generations past.

  • With several meetings already, two more this week and others planned in the coming days, local officials obviously believe rescue and E-911 services are important.

    Taylor Fiscal Court discussed the issue Tuesday night, Campbellsville City Council has a special meeting planned this evening, and a combined committee will meet for the second time next Tuesday.

    The expected result of all these meetings is a fair and equitable way to fund rescue and E-911 services for residents in the community.

  • Each day, millions of individuals and families struggle to cope with the harsh realities of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

    To highlight the prevalence and seriousness of alcohol abuse in the U.S., the Campbellsville Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition would like community members to recognize April as National Alcohol Awareness Month, as declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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    It's time for our local elected officials to stand behind their campaign promises. You know, those statements they made when they were all trying to get our votes?

    They all vowed that they would do all they could to see to it that the city and county governments work cooperatively for the good of the entire community.

    Now, let's see some action.

  • When it comes to public business, discussion of that business needs to be held in public. PERIOD.

    The fact there was very little public discussion Monday night at the special Taylor Fiscal Court meeting regarding the future of Rescue and E-911 leads one to believe everything was decided long before the meeting ever began.

    Magistrates voted Monday night to have the County take over E-911 service and let the City provide Rescue services for the entire county.

    But that wasn't what the City offered.

  • A week of special session for Kentucky legislators will cost nearly half a million dollars - at the going rate of $64,000 a day. But, apparently, grandstanding is more important than solving the state's budget problems.

    We have a simple question: Why is the Medicaid issue still unsolved?

  • Have you ever tried to put together a desk or some other complicated piece without using the instructions?

    It starts out easy enough, but about mid-way through there usually seems to be extra or missing pieces.

    That seems to be what we're experiencing in Campbellsville and Taylor County.

    We need some instructions - more specifically, a plan for where we're headed. If we don't have an idea of where we're going, how are we going to get there?

  • There's no worse surprise for a college freshman than to not be ready for college, especially if they have gotten good grades in high school.

    But it's happening quite often today.

    More and more college students are finding they must enroll in remedial classes before they can even start their credit courses.

    We're glad the state Department of Education is revamping the Kentucky Education Reform Act. The fact that certain test scores are being tied to student - and school - achievement often results in inaccurate projections.

  • The headline read, "End of an era." And indeed it was. The headline was from the Dec. 30, 1998, issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal and was accompanied by a story about Robert L. Miller's last day as Campbellsville's mayor after more than three decades.

    Last Friday, Miller died at the age of 83.

    Miller was instrumental in providing much of we take for granted today - a plentiful water supply, a city pool and park, housing units for the elderly and more.

  • Prescription drug abuse is a scourge in Kentucky.

    Anyone in denial about the situation needs only look at the statistics. Among young people the problem is growing as the illicit use of prescription drugs outpaces marijuana and the other traditional drugs of choice such as coke, crack and meth.

  • It's become as common as patient charts and nurses' stations. Everyone has been talking about it for what seems like forever and very few truly understand it. As representatives in Washington work through the most significant health care legislation of our time, we are all trying to understand what health care reform really means to providers, insurance carriers and ultimately patients and their families.

  • Winter has certainly pounded Taylor County. While we haven't received the type of winter storms that have virtually shut down other parts of the U.S., we've gotten more than we have been accustomed to.

    Taylor County Schools have had 10 missed days, while Campbellsville Independent has had seven. And while both districts have already implemented makeup plans, some days will likely be added to the end of the school year. Hold off on those graduation invitations.

    But snow and ice have an impact on far more than school days.

  • Some day, prejudice will no longer be a part of our world. Some day, individuals will not be "judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character ..."

    That dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is still evident today, especially after this past week's events honoring his work to promote equality for all.

  • Respect for human life apparently doesn't have the importance it once did. Senseless tragedies such as Saturday's shooting in Tucson, Ariz. seem to be more of the norm rather than the unusual. We are reminded of the violence and loss of life in Colorado and Oklahoma as well as the recent attack on the local school board in Florida.

  • We need good news every once in a while. It makes the bad news that comes with everyday life a little easier to handle.

    A story on today's front page provides details about the good news that fatal car crashes in Taylor County have been steadily decreasing. That's definitely good news.

    And a new state law banning texting while driving for everyone and all cell phone use for drivers younger than 18 can only help.

    Following the rules is all well and good, but there is more we need to do to make our roadways safe for everyone.

  • As local officials begin a new term on Monday - or, as several will, take office for the first time, here's hoping that planning is an important part of their agendas.

    These are difficult financial times that we're living in today. Many of us are getting by with less in our paychecks, whether it's from fewer hours worked or furlough days. Others, not so lucky, have lost their jobs. Yet prices for many items have increased.

  • 'Tis the season - and nowhere is that more evident than right here in Campbellsville.

    It's a treat to drive down Main Street or through Miller Park at night.

    Have you ever wondered who is responsible for all the work?

    According to Janet Mills at City Hall, she and fire department administrative assistant Connie Wooley coordinate the annual decorating project. City employees Bill Brewer, Roger Willis, Joe Kearney, Dixie "Shorty" Hamilton, Kenny Phillips and several street department employees do the work.