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And So On

  • Put agendas aside, tackle the debt crisis

    How can we not be worried about our nation’s debt crisis?

    As I write this, all the politicians in Washington, D.C. are scurrying around trying to take some kind of action to prevent our nation from defaulting on our loans on Aug. 3. Without congressional action to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, we won’t be able to borrow more money. This appears to mean folks would not receive their Social Security checks or veterans’ benefits.

    This is a problem because our federal government now borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends.

  • Customer service key to welcoming race fans

    As our region prepares for an unprecedented number of visitors next week for the inaugural Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, I hope we offer a warm welcome that makes these folks want to come back to Carroll County.

    Nearly a year ago, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carrollton Main Street Program teamed up to offer Shining STAR training to help us prepare for the week ahead. This customer service program focusing on service, training, achievement and recognition was developed by TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

  • Photo contest offers chance to win prizes, have shot in calendar

    I love to shoot photos in my free time. When I went to San Diego last year, I spent a lot of time capturing scenic pictures and touring through the city’s Gas Lamp district to get a few shots of the historic architecture.

    We often do that when we travel. And some of us do it here at home. Downtown Carrollton is one of the places I often focus on when the seasons change – when trees bloom or there’s a blanket of snow on the ground, or to capture the interesting architecture in the historic district.

  • The death of bin Laden will not bring back our natural sense of security

    It was a long time coming — almost 10 years — but a key objective in the U.S. War on Terror has been accomplished.

    Osama bin Laden is dead.

    In a precision strike, U.S. special forces moved in on a mansion in a compound in Pakistan. Some 40 minutes later. the leader of al-Qaida was dead.

    President Obama addressed the nation late Sunday night telling us that “justice has been done.”

    This has to be good news to anyone who lost a loved one in any of the attacks that came on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • HELP A NEIGHBOR

    There’s a new reality show that airs Sunday nights on CBS that shows how many Americans are struggling through tough economic times.

    "Secret Millionaire" places successful businessmen and women in impoverished communities for a week where they will go out and volunteer to help those in need. They leave all their millions behind and have only the amount that a person on food stamps would receive for a week.

  • READY FOR RACING

    It’s clear that Carrollton and Carroll County are getting serious about the impact the new Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway will have on our community this summer.
    More than 100 people packed the old courtroom at the downtown courthouse Thursday morning for the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee and Conversation program, with officials from the speedway.

  • Go register today

    I’ve had several people ask me questions about last week’s front page article on our move to a subscription-based website, effective Feb. 23.

    Don’t worry. If you’re a subscriber to The News-Democrat, you’ll have access to all news and other content at MyCarrollNews.com. Access to the website is free for all of our print subscribers.

    But you will have to take a few quick steps to get registered, then you’ll be ready to use the digital version of the newspaper.

  • I-71 in Carroll County deserves attention, repairs to fix potholes

    Have you driven on Interstate 71 in Carroll County lately? If so, you’ll know our section  of this major highway is in  need of repairs.

    This winter has not been kind to I-71. It’s rough and the number of potholes seems to increase every day. And it’s only going to get worse as the weather breaks in the next month and there is a lot of freezing and thawing to damage the pavement.

    At best, I would say riding through Carroll County is a bumpy experience. It’s hard on both our bodies and our vehicles.

  • Plan to stash extra cash since it won’t go into Social Security

    Have you ever received what appears to be good news, but then start wondering if it really is after you have a chance to start processing it.

    That’s how I felt recently when my company’s human resources department sent us all a note telling us that we would be paying less Social Security tax in 2011.

    Who wouldn’t want to pay less in taxes?

  • ‘Wish list’ addresses community’s needs

    With Christmas approaching, we all have a wish list that we would like to see under the tree come Dec. 25. I worked up mine a little earlier this month to help those who plan to shop for me this year.

    It was shortly after that I realized I also have a wish list for Carrollton and Carroll County. And what better time to share it than as we close the books on 2010.