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Today's Opinions

  • New year, same me

    I don't make New Year's resolutions. It's true I may have "made" one or two in the past for the sake of filling this column space, but, if I did, I had no intention of actually following through with them.

    I admire those who make New Year's resolutions and actually follow through with them. Those people are superheroes in my book.

    It's not that I haven't tried to better myself over the years. I have tried several times and each time, I ended up worse off.

    Case in point - my decision to lose weight.

  • Forum offers place for discussion

    Can two become one?

    Opportunity comes our way only so often. The question becomes, what do we do with it? Sometimes we do nothing and let it pass. Sometimes we only think about it. Other times we talk about it and make an educated decision, based upon facts, and take action.

    The Campbellsville Independent and the Taylor County school districts are each looking for a new superintendent. Will it be business as usual or is this the time for discussion?

  • This New Year's Day: Merry Christmas!

    This New Year I want to wish you a Merry Christmas!

    I have this strange belief that Christmas can be celebrated every day of the year. I realize Christmas 2008 is a fading memory, but before you place it in your scrapbook of holidays, take a moment to reflect on how you can enjoy the best of Christmas every day of the year. When Christmas is in your heart, you can pull it up and savor the finest aspects of Christmas anytime. But we have to get beyond the nastiness of Christmas memories to the true meaning of the event.

  • Christmas Eve massacre was domestic

    When I first heard that a man in a Santa suit had gone on a murderous rampage in Montrose, Calif. on Christmas Eve, I did not know the full story. The first news reports did not tell us that this was in fact a domestic violence situation.

  • There's more to Girl Scouting than cookies

    Often, when one hears the words "Girl Scouts," they think of cookies.

    But scouting is about much more than just cookies. Just ask a Girl Scout.

    For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouting has helped to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

    According to the organization's Web site, Girl Scouting is the world's leading organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, young ladies build character and skills for success in the real world.

  • A giving community

    Hundreds of children received Christmas presents this year thanks to the efforts of volunteers for Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids.

    Ours is a giving community. However, all the giving in the world does not necessarily compute to a good project, especially when the needs seem to increase each year.

    Up this year to 640 children, the Toys projects sponsored by our local emergency services agencies are second to none.

    Without great organization - in other words Sharon Dobson and Denise Gupton - no project of this scope would ever see the light of day.

  • Something to smile about

    It's often the most difficult part of being a reporter - finagling someone into allowing me to photograph them.

    And I can understand the feeling of not wanting some stranger to take a photograph of me. After all, isn't one of the best parts of being a reporter that you are the one taking the photos and not in them?

    I read recently that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Indiana is changing its rules for driver's license photos, and people will no longer be allowed to smile when getting or renewing their licenses. They also won't be able to wear a hat, scarf or even glasses.

  • A first year in office

    I was recently asked by a reporter if the job of Attorney General was all I thought it would be. My answer to him was, 'It is all I thought it would be and more.'

    I love Kentucky and I ran for this office because it is a position in which a person can truly make a difference. I also knew there would be challenges and a few surprises along the way; both of which have proven to be true.