• Weighing in on minimum wage

    You may have noticed something missing from our recent round of economy stories - the minimum wage raise.

    Minimum wage recently increased 70 cents to $7.25 per hour, a well-deserved raise I'd say. However, in attempting to include local information about the increase, I ran into brick wall after brick wall.

    Unless they are making lots of it, money is one thing few in this town want to talk about. I'm sure it's the same everywhere. Because I work on more than one story at a time, I had to give up pursuing the story and move on.

  • Why advertise in a newspaper?

    Some people say newspapers are going the way of the dinosaurs. They're outdated, old and not the way most people get their news these days.

    Of course, I'm a little biased on this subject, but I have to argue that these people are woefully misinformed.

    Yes, we do hear about the "big" news on television, radio and the internet before we read it in the paper. However, TV and radio tidbits - or even the internet - can't match the in-depth coverage with a different twist that you'll get from a hometown newspaper.

  • The time has come for health care payment reform

    For the last six years I have worked with a non-profit organization providing the patient's voice in improving access to, and reimbursement for, high-quality health care through regulatory and legislative reform at the state and federal levels.

    Currently, I am the Kentucky policy liaison for the National Patient Advocate Foundation.

  • High school coverage stirs memories

    I went back to high school a few weeks ago.

    Well, technically, I went to Campbellsville and Taylor County high schools to get some information and photos for stories I was writing.

    But while I was there, I couldn't help but think back to my high school days, which were now eight years ago.

    First, I went to CHS to see the new marching band. I was excited to hear that the band would be back this year. If you have read my previous columns, you may know that I was a member of the CHS Marching Band for five years.

  • A parental responsibility to raise kids

    It's another school year and teachers, after a short summer, are already reporting for duty, preparing classrooms and materials for the influx of children.

    In addition to teaching the three "Rs" of reading, writing and arithmetic, teachers are now, more than ever, finding themselves trying to build character into students' lives.

  • Guide will help you "discover" community

    It's time to "discover" our community.

    This Is Taylor County is the free community guide we have published each year in cooperation with the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce.

    And this year, the guide is getting a facelift and a new name ... "Discover Taylor County."

    The community guide is for those of us who live here - as well as those who don't. That's why we're changing the name.

  • The private lives of public officials

    As happens every so often, we have recently been through a spate of embarrassing reports about the lives of prominent public officials. Adulterous affairs by Nevada Senator John Ensign, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, and former presidential candidate John Edwards, entanglements in prostitution by Louisiana Senator David Vitter and former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer - these are just the latest in a long line of dismaying revelations about people in whom the American voters once put their trust.

  • Cap and trade means lights out for small businesses

    Get ready to pay a whole lot more to keep the lights on.

    Congress currently is working to pass a huge energy bill. The centerpiece is a system to force energy utilities to purchase government credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. This would in effect be an energy tax on the American people as the utilities pass the increased costs along to consumers and small business owners.

  • It's the trivial things that count

    Thursday's front page coverage of local Cub Scouts' rain gutter regatta brought back some good memories for me.

    When I was a mere 9 years old, I competed in the rain gutter regatta as a cub scout in Ohio. I blew on that plastic sail until I was light-headed. I didn't win, but it remains one of the fondest memories of my childhood.

  • 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.