Today's Opinions

  • Gov. Beshear has it right

    Gov. Beshear has it right. When he heard legislators were discussing prison dining options, he wisely remarked, "I am not gonna spend one dime more for feeding convicted criminals that go out and burn a prison down than I have to. We need to be spending that dime and all the extra money we have on educating our kids and doing the other things that move this state forward."

  • Why I support the petition to recall the nickel tax

    Despite supporting the petition to recall the nickel tax approved by the school board several weeks ago, I'm not necessarily against raising taxes for our schools.

    I am, however, opposed to allowing a small group of elected officials increase our taxes without a full and thorough debate on the issue, even though by law they have the authority to do so. I think the voters in this county deserve to hear all sides of the issue, not just one side.

  • Mold at the elementary has nothing to do with a new athletics complex

    First of all, I doubt anyone is against a better education for our children. I also doubt anyone would not want a safe, healthy environment for our children and grandchildren.

    I have two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren attending the Taylor County School System. I also am not against sports. My daughter played basketball four years for TCHS. She is employed by the Marion County School System.

  • A hotbed for basketball

    The state of Kentucky, the city of Campbellsville and the county of Taylor are hotbeds for basketball.

    Campbellsville and Taylor County kept their boys' high school basketball seasons alive and advanced in post-season play to this week's Fifth Region Tournament at Nelson County.

    It was the Eagles' 22nd overall district boys' crown and the eighth since Tim Davis came to guide the Eagles before the 1995-96 campaign.

    During that 15-year span, the Eagles have made 10 trips to the Fifth Region Tournament.

  • It's Census time

    In March, every household across the nation will receive a census form. Required once every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution, the 2010 Census will count every man, woman and child living in the United States.

    Every year, the federal government distributes more than $400 billion to tribal, state and local governments based on census data. But a lack of participation can result in our community and nation receiving less federal funding and less access to important services and resources than we might otherwise have received.

  • Hard times for electric company?

    LG&E/Kentucky Utilities are asking for another rate increase. Our "Customer Charge" will increase 300 percent or $120 a year.

    KU rang the register for the windstorm, the ice storm, and now we hear about costs for infrastructure. What do we NEVER hear? Cost cuts:

    - Humana cut corporate jobs, but not LG&E.

    - The White House froze salaries, but not LG&E.

    - Government stopped new hiring.

    - Executive bonuses, luxury cars, stock options, private planes cut on Wall Street, but not at LG&E.

  • Bunning did the right thing

    I sent the below letter to Senator Bunning. I hope the message in it will hit home with our local city, county and state leaders as well.

    We need more elected officials who will act on principle and what is right, not what is popular.

    Senator Bunning, I am writing to let you know that I wholeheartedly support your position to stonewall the unemployment bill until funding can be found to cover it. Despite all the negative press you are receiving, keep up your fight.

  • What a great idea

    I was just sitting here eating a peanut butter sandwich for supper and recalling something Marty Shields said in the Thursday, Jan. 28 newspaper.

    He said there are about 9,000 property owners in the Taylor County School District, with the average value of each property at $60,000. That would make the new tax per property at $30 per year.