• Have you checked out the Bookmarks?

    From mischievous dogs, circuses and vampires to questions about God and death row miracles … there has literally been something to interest everyone at the CKNJ Bookmarks reading group meetings.

    And if you haven’t joined us yet, you’re missing something.

    Our first book choice more than a year ago was “Marley and Me” by John Grogran. The story of a family and its neurotic dog, the book was fun read and was followed by the release of a movie based on the book.

  • Health plan will increase costs for families and kill jobs

    During a recent telephone town hall, a constituent from Bowling Green told me, "Being a two-time cancer survivor, and possibly having it for a third time, I'm very concerned about health care reform. I know money is tight for everyone right now, but I'm worried about new taxes and being forced to accept government-run health care. I just really think if we have less government in health care, we would be better off."

  • One dress, 365 days ... hmmm

    I stand in front of the open doors of my closet every morning, taking inventory of what's clean, what still needs ironing, what matches. Or doesn't.

    It really is a pain.

    But when Sheena Matheiken of Brooklyn, N.Y. gets up in the morning, she already knows what she'll be wearing: the same thing as the day before. And the day before ... and the day before.

  • Public records can turn up amazing things

    In Kentucky, it's presumed that government documents are open unless there's a good reason to keep them secret.

    Until July 1, people in South Dakota had to prove documents were open as they sought information. A new law shifts the burden to government to show why it has the right to withhold information.

    Officials think it will have a "long-term positive impact on government," according to a news account. It's a long overdue development.

  • Just for the record

    From time to time, I visit the Topix message board to read what posters are writing about what's going on in Taylor County.

    Most (if not all, really) of what is posted is pure garbage, written only to hurt and embarrass people. The other part is completely incorrect information that further confuses people as to what is really going on in our community.

    Lately, however, I have seen so much misinformation posted that it seemed only proper that I set a few issues correct.

  • Home is where the kittens are

    I just couldn't resist those big blue eyes. Her small, frail, shaking body that yearned for human touch. The rough and tiny "meow" that sounded (at least to me) like she was really saying, "Calen, come rescue me."

    Yes, I have adopted another cat. And, by the time you read this, she's been with us (my other cats, Jacob and Julie, and I that is) for six days now. I hope it's still going well.

  • Sounds in the night

    "Carol, there is someone outside your bathroom window."


    "I heard a woman's voice outside your bathroom window," my good friend Connie said as she whispered down the hallway to the den.

    "What did you hear?"

    "Kind of a cry-like voice."

    She was visiting from Louisville and, being from the big city, she has the mindset that if a noise is heard outside a window, it is not a good thing. I, on the other hand, find plausible excuses.

    "Are you sure you didn't hear the wind?"

  • Let Jackson rest in peace

    I took great offense to a guest editorial by Daniel B. Kline published on Monday's Central Kentucky News-Journal Opinion Page. But that's the problem with opinions. Everybody's got the right to share theirs, whether we like what they say or not.

    Kline was angry with the attention the death of Michael Jackson has gotten. He was even more angry that news coverage seemed to focus on his accomplishments rather than the controversy that has marred his career during the last few decades.

  • Slideshows bring you more

    If you haven't seen the slideshow of photographs from the July Fourth Celebration in Campbellsville, then stop reading here. Go to www.cknj.com and do so now.

    I'll wait.

    I lost count sometime after loading 100 photos into the slideshow. There are pictures of those who participated and those who attended events during the weekend.

    We all know the shape our economy has been in lately. And that means advertisers have reduced their spending, which in turn reduces the amount of space we are allotted in the newspaper.

  • A hamster and some dead birds

    One of parenting's biggest challenges is when to protect your kids from life and when to let them learn the truth about it.

    This is a regular challenge for most parents. When I was dating, it was unclear how much I should disclose to the boys or when I should introduce them to a woman I was seeing. When their mother abandoned them and literally disappeared, did I tell them the truth about her (mental) instability or gloss over it?