Economic reality forced shutdown of Corbin Trolley

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

A few thoughts and observations.

• As many of you know, I’m a commissioner for the city of Corbin.

The decision to end daily service of the Corbin Trolley was a necessary one. I know there are a few detractors who feel as though it should have continued. But consider, the trolley had between two and 10 riders a day. Many days, it didn’t have ANY at all! It was running 13 hours a day. Two full-time drivers were hired to keep it on the road.

It’s an expensive luxury that few used.

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Alternatives to traditional news sources worse

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

One of the more troubling developments — from the point of view of a journalist, anyway — has been the rather sudden ramping up of vitriolic hatred and distrust of “the media.”

Two newspaper-printing facilities relatively nearby received bomb threats over the weekend.

A journalist was body slammed by a Montana candidate for U.S. House of Representatives for asking a question about health care, of all things. The candidate won following the assault, and his behavior was explained away and excused by many.

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Who has the best burger? Who is the best barber? Your votes will decide

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

OK, here’s your chance.

Voting begins this week in the News Journal’s annual People’s Choice readers’ poll. This is always a popular contest and we get many votes every year.

I think it’s a lot of fun.

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Appeals ruling shows scary way a grand jury can be led astray

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

A few observations:

• Our front-page story today about the case against Keith Edward Mason, and the recent decision by the Kentucky Court of Appeals to dismiss his indictment altogether, is must-read stuff.

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Some reason for concern about Corbin Library Board stuff, but it’s not a scandal

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

Who knew a beautiful, nice little quiet hometown library could have so much drama boiling below the surface?

Mercy!

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I became a Lion because there’s no better time to start volunteering than right now

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. It is with great pride that I can now say, “I’m a Lion!” Not the King of the Jungle type. Not an aggressive warrior either. No, instead the kind that wears the yellow vest … synonymous with peace and mercy and betterment of community. I’ve [...]

Running for office in Corbin was truly a great experience

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. When I filed to run for Corbin City Commission in January, I knew it was going to put the shackles on my ability to talk about city politics in this column for awhile. Election laws make it pretty well taboo to do so. So, I [...]

The story about the time I spent campaigning in South Carolina

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

Although this is the first time I’ve ever actually been a candidate for public office, it’s not the first time I’ve gone out on the campaign trail.

Since I’m writing this on election night, I thought it would be fun to tell the story of how, inexplicably, I spent a week in South Carolina during Spring Break campaigning for an upstart Republican candidate for governor. It was totally an unplanned thing.

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It’s unfortunate that nasty election focused on silly things instead of real issues

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

I haven’t been a big fan of the nastiness of the election for U.S. President. Too much focus on silly stuff, next to no discussion of real issues. It’s the ultimate triumph of smoke and baloney over substance.

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Is social media turning us into a nation of zealots?

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal.

Is social media turning us into a nation of zealots?

That’s the main crux of some reporting that’s coming out of legitimate journalistic publications here lately. The stories are based on a series of studies that are pointing to a link between increasing consumption of social media as a source of current events news, and the rise in seemingly hardened, entrenched and extreme attitudes among people.

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