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Opinion

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

    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 last Friday night nearly as fast as they could clear it, yet roads were still passable on Saturday.

    We appreciate your hard work!

     

  • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Those are the code words these days. With the push in recent years to "go green" in order to save the nation's vital natural resources for generations to come, it's time we all started taking at least small steps to help the environment.

    And some have found it's not quite as hard as it might seem.

    If you don't already know, both the City of Campbellsville and Waste Management have recycling bins available.

  • It's way more than just great cookies.

    Chartered by Congress in March 1950, Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's top organization dedicated solely to girls where all are accepted and nurtured and taught the skills to build character and reach success in the real world.

    With the help of committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

  • We've known for years that our community is made up of residents who care about others.

    From the various school and sports fundraisers our children participate in to community events such as Relay for Life and Crusade for Children, local residents never hesitate to dig deep into their pockets for others.

    And when there's not enough money to spare, our residents give of their time.

    With the devastating earthquake in Haiti, several local groups are spearheading donation drives to help victims. See the story on today's front page about what you can do to help.

  • Many little girls grow up dreaming of a chance to participate in the annual Junior Miss program. And that dream came true for one local young woman this year.

    MeLeigha Pollock will represent Taylor County at the state competition this weekend in Lexington.

    MeLeigha will put her best foot forward and do an outstanding job, as have all those who have gone before her. She will participate this weekend in the talent, self-expression, fitness, judges' interview and scholastics preliminaries, with the finals set for Saturday evening.

  • At Monday night's County budget meeting, magistrates said they planned to consider holding off on giving pay raises to County employees this year. They all said they felt that would be best.

    While that's likely not considered a positive to those employees involved, it should be to the rest of the community.

    Workers across the community, the state and even the nation are having to bite the economic recession bullet. Those who still have jobs are grateful every day - or should be.

  • By the end of this week, a new year will have begun - 2010. Almost hard to believe, isn't it?

    As we move ahead, we know that New Year's resolutions can be a dime a dozen. We all make them, and few of us follow them through. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

    We may have a few personal things that we're going to resolve in 2010 - trim a few pounds, stop smoking, get right with God, rekindle a friendship, or be a better person.

    As a community, our resolutions may not be so personal, even though we could certainly work as one toward many goals.

  • It's unfortunate, but there will always be people who believe they're entitled to something for nothing - and that something may be yours.

    In the past, we've passed along tips from local law enforcement officials on how to keep our Christmas safe from the ultimate Grinch. And with the struggling economy, there could be even more thieves prowling our neighborhoods at night.

    Most thefts and burglaries occur between December and February, according to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield. And because of that, we should all be a little more careful.

  • And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • If you've been having trouble getting into the holiday spirit, this past weekend was made just for you. And there's plenty more to come in the next few weeks.

    From the live nativity scene at Miller Park - and the accompanying Christmas music at the amphitheater, Saturday's Christmas parade and Sunday's Campbellsville Woman's Club Christmas Home Tour to the concerts over the weekend - and yet to come - at Campbellsville University, there were plenty of opportunities for entertainment.

  • The Central Kentucky News-Journal will celebrate its 100th birthday this year. In almost 10 decades of service, the newspaper has moved from newcomer to welcomed friend. With a close eye on serving our community, the paper has become a healthy business interest and we owe much of it to our faithful readers.

    Much has changed in the past 100 years and as we prepare to head into a new year, you will notice one obvious change on the front page of today's issue.

  • We all have an important decision to make tomorrow.

    With the governor's appointment of former Sen. Dan Kelly to the vacant judge's seat in the 11th Judicial Circuit, his chair in Frankfort is now empty.

    And voters in the 14th District - Taylor, Marion, Mercer, Nelson and Washington counties - have a special election to elect the person to fill that position.

    Tomorrow, we will choose between Republican Jimmy Higdon and Democrat Jodie Haydon.

  • After competing in numerous national tournaments in many sports in its storied history, Campbellsville University claimed the school's first national team championship when the Lady Tigers captured the National Christian College Athletic Association Volleyball Tournament on Saturday in Kissimmee, Fla.

    Coach Randy LeBleu's squad won all six matches in the three-day tourney to bring home the top hardware.

    Congratulations, Lady Tigers, on an outstanding season. Your hard work shows.

     

  • The war in Afghanistan isn't going well. The economic recovery isn't producing many new jobs. The banks that pushed the nation to the brink of a 1930s-style Depression with their reckless ways - having sucked up billions of taxpayer dollars in rescue money - are resuming those reckless ways. There isn't enough swine flu vaccine to go around.

    And now for some bad news:

    Nielsen, the company that clocks television viewing in this country, has found that children between the ages of 2 and 5 are watching an average of 25 hours of television each week.

  • The Central Kentucky News-Journal welcomes letters on a variety of topics, including letters about political races and candidates.

    We anticipate there will be letters written supporting and possibly 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.

    Use good taste and don't libel anyone. You can say what you believe, but personal attacks or allegations that cannot be verified will not be accepted.

  • Today 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.

  • This editorial originally appeared in The Lebanon Enterprise.

    A city official stopped at The Lebanon Enterprise office this week. When staff members joked with her about running for a state office, her reply was no, she wasn't interested.

    "That's real politics," she said.

    Based on what we've seen so far from the campaigns to fill the vacant District 14 State Senate seat, we're inclined to agree with her. District 14 includes Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties.

  • Our community does an outstanding job of celebrating and decorating this time of year. School plays, church choirs, parades and celebrations are popping up all around us. All we have to do is pay attention.

    With all the activities at hand, we'd be hard pressed not to close our eyes and hear the jingle of sleigh bells and the Ho-Ho-Ho of that bearded gentleman from the north.

    But let's not forget the true meaning of Christmas as we make our rounds during this holiday season.

  • Jolly Old St. Nick. Mr. Claus. St. Nicholas. All are synonyms for Santa Claus, the man who brings magic to children all over the world each year at Christmastime.

    Each year when Letters to Santa start arriving at the Central Kentucky News-Journal’s office, we are touched by the poignancy and trust expressed in children’s letters.

  • Through the mist and mythical creatures at Campbellsville High School's Hamilton Auditorium on Tuesday night, the crowd was treated to something a bit unusual, something they might have never seen before - a Bunraku puppet show.

    Wood and Strings Theatre brought Bunraku puppets to the stage and performed "Out of the Mist ... a Dragon," a tale of a young man's journey of self-discovery.

    The production was the second of this year's Central Kentucky Arts Series' season. And it was enjoyed by many.