• Here’s hoping Kentucky shared in the national decline in teen smoking reported recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    USA Today attributes an “historic drop in smoking,” not just among teens but across all age groups, to a 62-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax in 2009.

    Raising the federal tax to $1.01 a pack has brought in about $30 billion in new revenue to the U.S. treasury.

    Meanwhile, some 3 million fewer Americans smoked in 2011 than in 2009, even though the population has increased.

  • Some Kentucky high school students recently got a better idea of how dangerous it is to text while driving when AT&T brought a simulator to their schools. Students got into a car, put on simulation goggles and attempted to text. Wearing the goggles, the teens saw a virtual road with other drivers and pedestrians.

    While texting, the young drivers ran off the road, hit other cars and even killed pedestrians, all in a virtual situation. But the scary truth is the virtual damage and loss of life mirrors reality.

  • Last year in Kentucky, youth status offenders were booked 1,335 times into a juvenile detention center. It cost about $1.48 million to keep them locked up for a total of 7,191 days and their home counties paid $663,640 of that expense, according to report from Kentucky Youth Advocates.

    Was it money well spent? Many juvenile court authorities and groups that promote child welfare say no.

  • Roger Cook has hit the nail on the head.

    Cook, superintendent of Taylor County Schools, sent out an email earlier this week to teachers, board members and others in the school district, and we here at the CKNJ are also on that mailing list. The message addresses what is a growing problem with school supplies in our public schools.

  • When it comes to taxes, almost everyone would say they pay plenty on everything these days.

    And when it comes to sending a child to school, there’s no doubt it can be an expensive process with all of the necessities on that back-to-school list.

    To help ease the pain of parents as they send children back to school, Kentucky needs to join a growing list of states that offer a tax-free shopping week or weekend in preparation for the start of a new school year.

  • Weeks without a good rain and days of 100-plus degree temperatures have left Taylor County and many others in Kentucky parched.

    Still, as of the writing of this editorial on Monday, Taylor County is not under a burn ban and the county’s annual fireworks display is still scheduled to go on as usual. Many residents will also take the opportunity to enjoy their own fireworks displays at home.
    While it’s legal to use a wide array of fireworks, even in these dry conditions, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.

  • The way social media has taken over society today, it’s understandable that an organization like the city of Campbellsville would feel the need to have a policy related to its use by employees. However, we believe the policy could have been handled much differently.

  • Cancer is a disease that has touched almost everyone. If not in our own lives, or in those of our families, almost all of us have had a friend or coworker touched by the dreaded disease.
    Here at the CKNJ, we are no different. Many of us have lost friends and loved ones, and we have had others in our lives to experience a scare with cancer. Now, we have been given the news that cancer has come to a member of the CKNJ family.
    James Roberts, a longtime reporter with us, has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia.

  • The most famous horse race in the world will take place in Louisville on Saturday, and because of it, there will be plenty of people at Churchill Downs eating, drinking and enjoying the atmosphere. Oh, and you can bet many of them will be there to gamble.
    That got us thinking about how gambling is viewed in Kentucky, and how our legislators will not let Kentuckians make up their own minds about casinos and other forms of expanded gaming.

  • Do you have deadlines you have to meet?
    If you didn’t have your income tax submitted by this past Tuesday, you will be penalized in a monetary fashion.
    If you turn in a paper late for a class, you will get penalized with a lesser or failing grade.

    If you show up late to work so many times, you will get penalized and eventually could lose your job.

  • CKNJ Editorial Board

    It started out as a preview of year-round school, but shouldn't schools look at the possibility of starting school later than the first week of August?

    August is usually the hottest month of the year. Buses have no air conditioning and sometimes schools close down for half the day because of the heat.

    It also costs much more to keep school buildings cool during that kind of weather.


    They don’t call it March Madness for nothing! You won’t find any more avid basketball fans in the nation than those in Kentucky. Whether rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats or the Louisville Cardinals, Kentuckians take their basketball very seriously. This year, fans of both programs have special reason to be proud as both schools have reached the NCAA Final Four. This year marks the first time since 1961 that two teams from one state have met in the Final Four.

  • When you travel, you probably pay the bill yourself.
    If you’re a sports fan, and you want to watch Kentucky, or whatever your favorite team might be, play in the SEC or NCAA tournaments, you probably buy your own airline ticket to get there.
    If these statements apply to you, then you aren’t Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, because the governor has made it all too clear that the rules don’t apply to him.

  • Campbellsville University’s hard work has paid off on the hardwood as its men’s and women’s teams both were awarded bids for the NAIA Division 1 National Tournaments for this week.

    Coach Keith Adkins’ Tigers, who defeated four teams twice that made last year’s nationals, opened up yesterday in Kansas City vs. Biola (Calif.). The Tigers have been to nine NAIA nationals overall, and five in the last seven seasons.

  • You spoke, and we have tried to listen.
    Earlier this year, the News-Journal made a change to its TV listings. Previously, all listings were published in an inserted section in the Thursday issue of the paper.

  • Campbellsville Apparel has a government contract to make T-shirts for U.S. soldiers. That contract accounts for 115 of the company’s 173 employees.
    The local factory is the second in Kentucky to face a challenge from a competitor that doesn’t play by the same rules.

  • The divide between Taylor County Fiscal Court and members of the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is likely greater now than ever before. And, frankly, we understand why.
    In December, magistrates voted to revive the defunct Animal Control Board, inviting two SPCA members to join. This agreement was spurred by the allegations of abuse at Taylor County Animal Shelter. Those allegations have since been proven false following a state investigation.

  • Greetings from Frankfort.
    Anyone visiting the capitol this week would have enjoyed watching democracy in action, both on an individual level as well as a grander level. We passed legislation that made road travel safer for the Amish as well as the “English,” we moved forward in education and we found consensus on congressional redistricting even as legislative redistricting moved to the courts. It was a full week.

  • Since 1926, although by different names, America has celebrated Black History Month. Most of us think of the obvious names when we look back on black history, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington Carver and many more.
    But there are many other contributions to society by black people whose names you may not know, but without their contributions, your life may be very different. Below are just a few black people and the significant contributions they have made to the world as we know it today.

  • As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.