Today's Opinions

  • Never paid much attention to flowers before

    Why is it that the older you get the more you begin to notice things you really never paid much attention to before? Simple things. Quiet things. Natural things. It's been that way for me. For instance, with flowers.

    When I was growing up at home, I was the one my mother always called on to dig holes to set her flowers and bushes in the spring. For her and a great many people, spending money on houseplants was out of the question. So unless you were lucky enough to get a cutting from someone's plant, you had to be innovative.

  • Thanks for veteran support

    I would like to say a special thank you to the businesses in Campbellsville that give a discount to all the veterans of military service.

    I have noticed one restaurant in particular with a large sign in the window stating 10 percent off to all veterans.

    Thanks for your support. It means a lot to be recognized and supported.

    Richard Simpson



  • A little advice for legislators

    I must tip my hat to our State Rep. John "Bam" Carney. When he ran for office, Carney vowed that he would not accept his pay in the event of a special session.

    A noble gesture to be sure, but it also could have been one of those bold promises many candidates make and so soon forget.

    But now, with a special session looming, Carney has said he'll split his salary among the senior citizens centers in Taylor and Adair counties. Not only is Carney following through with his promise, he seems to be one-upping himself.

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Mental health problems are both prevalent and painful - for adults, of course, but also for children. Children and adolescents with mental health problems (about one in five young people have a diagnosable mental health issue) are particularly susceptible to words that make fun of mental health problems, and attitudes reflecting a lack of understanding and compassion.

  • From murder to the Depression

    Murder, symbolism and mysteries were the topics at the April 18 meeting of the CKNJ Bookmarks reading group.

    Several of us - including four new visitors - discussed the group's most recent book choice, "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown.

    For Dan Brown fans, "The Lost Symbol" has more of all the suspense, mystery and puzzles that he has become known for. There are also several unexpected twists and turns.

    Next up on the Bookmarks' reading list is "Rainwater" by Sandra Brown.

  • Voting: It's our right ... and our responsibility

    We're down to the wire now. Tuesday is Primary Election Day. Are you ready to make the best choices?

    When we vote, it's important to ask ourselves two vital questions:

    -- Have I examined all the issues I feel are most important and learned where each candidates stands?

    -- Am I truly voting for the candidate I believe will do the best job?

    Go vote. It's as simple as that.

  • For all the 'Golden' girls

    "A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water."

    -Eleanor Roosevelt

    I've been faithfully watching "The Golden Girls" reruns on the Hallmark and WE tv channels lately. I absolutely love the show.

    With Rose's naïve innocence, Blanche's undying affection for the opposite sex, Dorothy's quick wit and Sophia's Sicily stories and hilarious one-liners, there's always some dialogue to make me laugh and appreciate the close friends in my life.

  • Support the Relay for Life

    Just as the effects of a challenging economy are felt by families in every community, cancer, too, has a far-reaching impact. No matter how the stock market is performing or what the current unemployment rate may be, there are still many people battling a cancer diagnosis and many others who are lending support alongside loved ones every day.

    These realities make the dollars donated and volunteer hours devoted to the American Cancer Society - a part of Taylor County for many years - critically important.