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Today's Opinions

  • Trip to National Civil Rights Museum is one worth taking

     

    As we observe Black History Month, I find myself reflecting on a recent trip that taught me more about the history of our nation, including some of the cruelest times imaginable. It was a visit to Memphis, Tennessee, to the National Civil Rights Museum, and it was a trip well worth taking.

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life fighting for equality. He did so until his death on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.

  • Now that's good business!

     

    You’ve heard the old saying, “the customer is always right,” but is that still the case when the customer presents an ad with a sale price that is 40 years old?

    Apparently, yes it is.

    That’s exactly what happened at Druther’s in Campbellsville recently, as a customer walked in with an ad from this newspaper that was originally published back in 1977.

  • Education is key when it comes to syringe exchange programs

     “Why would you give a needle to a drug addict?”

    Admittedly, I once thought that was a very stupid question. It would just enable an addict, make it easier for them to do their drug of choice. Why make needles easier to get? These were all thoughts I had when I first heard about syringe exchange programs.

    And so when I hear people express these thoughts, I don’t automatically discredit them, because it wasn’t that long ago that I thought the exact same thing.

  • Organ donors give the gift of life

     

    My dad has had a change of heart recently.

    Actually, he received a new heart via transplant on Sept. 29.

    In a way, it had been a long time coming, but in other ways, the wait was extremely short.

    Dad’s heart problems began when I was in high school, and he was about to turn 37 years old.

    In the summer of 1988, I was gone on a trip with friends to Charleston, South Carolina. My parents were home and my mom was getting ready to go to a friend’s wedding just up the street from our house.

  • School district should name superintendent finalists

    The Taylor County Board of Education is getting its superintendent search underway, as it was announced Monday night that 12 candidates had placed their names into the mix to be the leader of the district.

    The process is just in the early stages, and a superintendent is not expected to be announced until the beginning of June. There is still a lot to be discussed and evaluated moving forward, but one thing the board should keep in mind as this process unfolds is transparency.

  • Smith recognizes CIS board members

     

    Kentucky is once again observing the month of January as School Board Recognition Month.

    As superintendent, and on behalf of the parents, students, teachers and all community partners, I want to thank Board members Pat Hall, Suzanne Wilson, Barkley Taylor, Angie Johnson and Mitch Overstreet.

    These Board members serve our school and community with integrity and honor. They are committed to our children’s future.

  • Community remembers Bobby Brockman

     

    Bobby Brockman always wrote wonderful things about everyone connected to Taylor County sports, words we were able to read, clip and treasure from the CKNJ. It is our privilege to now write wonderful things about Bobby, though sadly, he will not read them.

  • Newspaper's dedication to community will continue

     

    For more than 100 years, this newspaper, or a version of it by various names, has brought the news to Taylor County.