• Editorial: Who should pay to protect our kids?

    The story in today’s issue about the lack of a School Resource Officer at Casey County High School is troubling, if anything.
    Up until this school year and for the past five years before that, a Liberty Police Officer patrolled the halls of CCHS during school hours.
    And not only was he there to protect the kids, these officers built relationships with them, in some ways becoming a mentor and confidant dealing with the irks and ills of adolescents and their relationships.

  • Editorial: New gun provision missing the mark?

    A new provision in the Kentucky law concerning carrying weapons has gone into effect. As mentioned in the story on today’s front page, citizens can now openly carry a gun into buildings owned by municipalities such as city halls, public libraries, and hospitals.
    Weapons are still banned in jails, schools, and judicial centers.
    As pointed out by Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney, what’s the point of bringing a gun into city hall when there’s nothing to hunt in there.

  • Editorial: Judge doing her job

    Every newly elected official should get the benefit of a doubt — at least for a respectable amount of time — when it comes to grading job performance.
    However, some officials, like judges, are thrust into the limelight from day one and don’t have time for a honeymoon period.
    That’s certainly been the case with Judy Vance, our newly elected Circuit Court Judge for Casey and Adair counties.

  • Editorial: Vandalism costs us all

    It seems of late that Casey County is being hit with vandalism on an unprecedented scale.
    Sure, there have always been problems but lately, it has escalated in both the public and private sectors.
    Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney said recently that someone has broken many of the lights along the Liberty Trail walking path.
    And, there have been problems with vandals tearing up bathrooms at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center and at Gateway Park.

  • Rowell: Are toy guns bad for kids?

    The gun debate rages on in the wake of the terrible shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the Christmas day tragedy in Webster, N.Y. where four firefighters were gunned down — with two of them dying — while responding to several house fires set by a convicted murderer with past mental problems.
    And now comes a not unexpected reaction from some parents who have banned their children from playing with toy guns.
    However, I don’t believe that this decision will, in the long run of a child’s life, make a difference.

  • Editorial: Judicial Center maintenance important

    Approaching the 10-year anniversary of the building of the Casey County Judicial Center in November, we note that the facility has served the county well.
    Court records are safely kept in the Circuit Clerk’s office and the two courtrooms are large enough to accommodate most any trial.
    However, as with all things man-made, there comes a time when maintenance and upkeep issues have to be addressed.

  • Editorial: The Christmas Story

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, bearing great with child.

  • Editorial: Watch those words

    In this day of instant information via computer, tablet, or smartphone, literally millions of news articles are out there for anyone to read.
    The problem lies in knowing what is truth and what is not. Some of the stories are clearly entertaining while others are more defamatory in nature.
    But despite our use of technology in gathering news, some prefer to pass tidbits of gossip the old fashioned way, by word of mouth.
    We were reminded this week that passing a wee bit of salacious gossip can land a person in court.

  • Editorial: Thanks, Casey County Hospital

    With Kentucky in the top 10 in the nation of so many health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, these problems are compounded because many people don’t have health insurance and cannot afford to be proactive in getting regular checkups.
    That’s why we want to give a tip-of-the-hat to Casey County Hospital for sponsoring the recent Health Fair in which 1,748 local residents got more than $300 of blood work done for $12 — a real bargain in terms of today’s health care screening costs.

  • Editorial: Education needs funds

    As anyone who attends the Casey County School Board meetings can see, our Board and District staff have done a marvelous job of being fiscal conservatives, yet without skimping on quality teachers, staff, or instructional materials and resources for students.
    However, the financial cushion that the Board has worked hard to build is slowly being eroded away by continuous cuts on the state and federal levels along with rising prices of goods and services.