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Opinion

  • '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.

  • Kudos to workers in the City and County road departments for their long hours of work during the recent weekend snow.

    While the rest of us were snug in our warm homes, they were out in the cold, salting and scraping the roads so we could get where we needed to go.

    Snow fell during much of last Sunday and, while side streets were still snow and ice covered, most of the roads more heavily traveled were fairly clear by Monday afternoon.

    We appreciate your hard work.

  • stew·ard·ship, n: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.

     

    If asked why recycling is important, what reasons would you give?

    There are so many: saving our natural resources, protecting wildlife habitat, using less energy, reducing water and air pollution, freeing up space in our landfills and creating new industry.

    Many communities across the country have successful recycling programs. And we should, too.

  • A guest column by Bob King of the Council on Postsecondary Education and Dr. Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education.

    There has been a great deal of talk among educators about the new "Common Core Academic Standards." From classroom teachers to principals and superintendents, to college presidents, legislators, governors and the U.S. Secretary of Education, the new standards are at the center of attention.

  • Report cards have for decades been a traditional measure of success for students. However, over the years, test scores have become more and more important ... to the point that some school funding is contingent on the results.

    The acronyms alone will confuse most people: ACT, KCCT, EXPLORE, SAT, PLAN ... and the list goes on.

    We recognize the importance of tests, especially for minimum requirements and for college acceptance.

    But good test scores don't always mean that students will succeed - and having poor scores doesn't mean they won't.

  • Thanksgiving is a day officially set aside as a time for gratitude. And those of us who live in Campbellsville and Taylor County have so much for which to be grateful.

    Most of us will sit down with family members and friends for a meal that can only be described as a feast. We can also be thankful that we have friends and neighbors and churches who will be there for those who don't have family and friends nearby or for those who don't have the resources to provide their own feasts.

  • Veterans Day this year has a sense of urgency about it. This nation is at war.
    And thousands of miles from Kentucky, in the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, soldiers are dying on our behalf and on behalf of all who support right and good in the world.
    The numbers are staggering.
    Last month, we mourned the loss of the 100th Kentuckian killed on military duty in Iraq and Afghanistan since those wars began nine years ago.
    Furthermore, some 75 soldiers from units stationed at Fort Campbell have been killed since they were deployed in March.

  • Tuesday is Kentucky’s general election. And all of our community’s governmental offices are up for election, from the judge/executive and magistrates to mayor and city council. Add in district judge, jailer, sheriff and school board, and there’s a full slate of local candidates to choose from. And that’s not to mention U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator.

    It has certainly been a lively campaign season. But there have also been some not-so-shining moments. Rumors, innuendoes and even some outright lies have made their way across the state.

  • Most of us have visited a local pharmacy, and with a pharmacy on nearly every street corner, the profession of pharmacy is not an unfamiliar one. In fact, about 250 million Americans walk into a pharmacy each week, which is nearly equivalent to the entire population.

  • A woman was missing last Friday night. She needed medication and family members were worried. Local emergency services and residents stepped in, and within 24 hours she was located and taken to the hospital.

    We would expect nothing less from our emergency services. They are the best at what they do, and we're glad that we live in a community where volunteers will step up and get the job done.

  • Do you have a favorite candidate who's running for election this November? If so, let the community know why.

    On a weekly basis, the News-Journal publishes letters on a variety of topics, but this time of year is a perfect time to focus on political races.

    We anticipate there will be letters written supporting and possibly even criticizing candidates. If you support a candidate, write and tell our readers the reasons why. If there's a candidate you don't particularly like, you can write about that, too.

  • If you haven't been on the campus of Campbellsville University for a while, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

    Alumni and visitors at CU Homecoming 2010 on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23, will see several changes on campus.

    New buildings and dorms for sure, but it's not just physical changes that are being noticed.

  • Murakami Manufacturing USA recently celebrated a milestone - 10 years in Campbellsville.

    MMUS was Murakami's first U.S. company. It started production with one customer - Toyota - and 11 employees.

    Since opening its doors in 2000, the company, which manufactures automotive rearview mirrors, has grown to more than 200 employees and four customers.

    We applaud Murakami for reaching 10 years. And we hope to see the company celebrate many more milestones here in Campbellsville.

     

  • The way that people consume information is changing rapidly, and I hear frequently that the death of newspapers is imminent. I think that people feel this way because they aren't regular newspaper readers or they just don't think that other people read newspapers as much as they did 10 years ago. If they're referring to the printed newspaper, they are usually correct.

  • Why anyone would take advantage of an organization with the goal of helping people is beyond us.

    Check out the front-page story on the C&S Mission Store's troubles and you'll be scratching your head, too.

    Most Monday mornings, staff at the C&S Mission Store are faced with a parking lot full of other people's garbage. And even those who might drop off items over the weekend that could actually be used still aren't doing it right.

  • Quick, responsible action by emergency services and Campbellsville Water Co. staff after Saturday's chlorine leak at the water treatment plant deserves recognition.

    As soon as the incident occurred, streets leading to the area were closed and residents downwind were notified by the one-call-now system to close their doors and windows and turn off air conditioners.

  • Woody, the Kentucky Wiener dog is back. And starting today, children in Campbellsville and Taylor County can follow along through 10 weeks of his adventures - and misadventures.

    This time, Woody is playing detective in "Canine Secret Investigator." The 10-week serial story begins today and will be featured each Thursday in the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    The story marks the seventh in a newspaper series written by Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence. Lexington native Paul Brett Johnson provides an illustration for each chapter.

  • The second time around doesn't always make it right.

    Earlier this year, the Taylor County School Board approved an extra nickel tax. A petition committee saw to it that the issue was brought before voters in June, and residents voted it down.

    Now, the Taylor County School Board is once again trying for a nickel tax, though this time it's asking for even more - 5.6 cents.

  • Traditionally, the week of the Campbellsville v. Taylor County high school football game is a big week in the area. We are seeing Cardinals and Eagles all over the community and an emotion-filled rivalry. While the teams may not have gotten off to the season's start each was looking for, we encourage all involved to play hard, have fun and respect each other, whether it is a win, a loss or a draw. Good luck to both teams.

  • "All things bright and beautiful,

    All creatures great and small,

    All things wise and wonderful,

    The Lord God made them all."

    What would you do if a strange dog started to chase you? Approach it? Or retreat?

    We vote for retreating.

    And that's exactly what a mail carrier had to do on Gowdy Street in Campbellsville just last week. A not-so-friendly dog was loose on the street, and that kept residents who live there from having their mail delivered.