Thursday, July 26, 2007

Views from the editor's desk

By Chris Evans

It looks like Graves County is emulating our school system. Crittenden County Schools implemented a drug testing policy last year that requires periodic checks on students who want to drive to school, play sports or participate in extracurricular activities.

Now, Graves is doing much the same thing and you can expect others to follow suit. Crittenden wasn’t the first to react to a drug problem among teens, but we were certainly ahead of most.

Now, it’s time to go a step further and find a way to test 100 percent. From my understanding, there are legal questions regarding testing everyone, but to me it sounds more like discrimination when you single out a certain group and test only it.

Not arguing the law, just can’t imagine that there isn’t some creative way around it. Students who are not involved in school-based activities are probably those at greatest risk for drug abuse.

We also need mandatory testing for all teachers, staff and bus drivers. It just makes sense.


The Crittenden County documentary that is being promoted by Fohs Hall and a group of area historians is gaining some momentum. Filming has been underway for various segments and other interviews are being planned for the coming weeks. Producer Sam Koltinsky of Princeton was at Hurricane Camp Meeting and the recent Marion High Reunion gathering footage.

Judy Winn, one of the coordinators for the project, says Crittenden County is losing its history every time someone passes away. She stresses that it is important to capture the knowledge of our elderly population while there is an opportunity.

Filming the documentary is expected to cost about $50,000. Winn said fundraising has been going well, but the group is still about halfway toward its goal. To make a donation, contact Winn or mail it to Fohs Hall, PO Box 1, Marion, KY 42064. Please denote in the check memo that the donation is for the documentary.


What you will hear on television:
Football star Michael Vick has been indicted for putting two dogs into a ring and betting on which one would win the fight.

What you won’t hear on television:
Don King and other fight promoters have been making millions for years by putting two humans into a ring and betting on which one would win the fight.

What you will hear on television:
President Bush’s approval rating is currently at 31 percent.

What you won’t hear on television:
The approval rating for Congress is about 15 percent.

Chris Evans is editor and publisher of The Crittenden Press. You can reach him at