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Opinion

  • 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.

  • After more than three months of back-and-forth discussion, the issue of funding Rescue and E-911 has finally been decided for the next four years.

    Monday's joint meeting of Campbellsville City Council and Taylor Fiscal Court provided several proposals to settle how these services could be funded.

    After two and a half hours of discussion, however, the decision to simply divide the shortfalls of the two entities evenly between the city and county seemed to be the most fair and equitable solution.

  • How long has this been goin' on?

    How long has this been goin' on?

    Well, your friends with their fancy persuasions

    Don't admit that it's part of a scheme,

    But I can't help but have my suspicions

    'Cause I ain't quite as dumb as I seem.


    And you said you were never intendin'

    To break up our scene in this way,

    But there ain't any use in pretendin',

  • The rhetoric continues ... or does it? There have been a multitude of discussions at City Council and Fiscal Court meetings over the past two months regarding the responsibility of providing E-911 and Rescue service.

  • Readers were asked ... What are your thoughts on the President's news about terrorist Osama bin Laden's death?

    You said ...

    "Missed the television speech by the President ... but best 'news' I've heard in a long time!"

    —Sharon Spurling

  • 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.