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Today's Opinions

  • American Legion commander says not to forget veterans

    During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

     More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the past year. Simply put, we are losing more servicemembers by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.

  • Take a moment to pay respect to state veterans

    He may have been referring to the members of the Royal Air Force, but when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he could easily have been talking about our own country’s veterans.

    They make up less than 8 percent of the U.S.’ population, but it is no overstatement to say our lives would be very different without their countless contributions and sacrifices.

  • Take the opportunity to honor all who served

    As I sit here, I think about all the honors and privileges I have been given over the years of my life – getting to do things I dreamed of as a young boy.

    How many people ever get to, actually, live out their dreams?

    Well, I can say that I did. I started playing in the dirt as soon as I could crawl. When I was a little boy, my mother would take me to Fourth Street to see the soldiers getting on the buses to go serve their country.

  • Take the opportunity to honor all who served

    As I sit here, I think about all the honors and privileges I have been given over the years of my life – getting to do things I dreamed of as a young boy.

    How many people ever get to, actually, live out their dreams?

    Well, I can say that I did. I started playing in the dirt as soon as I could crawl. When I was a little boy, my mother would take me to Fourth Street to see the soldiers getting on the buses to go serve their country.

  • Mentors can face greatest fears too

    No few people live on the cusp of becoming a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carroll County. The benefits are obvious, the need even more obvious, but still people hold back. I think I know why.

    The great fear out there is finding yourself with a child who asks too much of you. I mean that in the sense of a Little Brother or Sister that needs what you cannot give in discipline or direction. There is un-doubtedly a belief among some that the children in the program bring extensive challenges to the adults who mentor them.

  • Champions extends thanks for support of Red Ribbon week

    Editor:

    I would like to to thank a number of individuals who helped make Red Ribbon Week a successful week of awareness on diminishing the use of drugs within our community. Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is proud to sponsor this week among our county.

    Big thanks to Family Ties, 21st Century Lighthouse and Family Resource Center, my partners in Red Ribbon Week. Without your help and planning, none of this would be possible.

  • Regional event set to honor veterans

    Editor:

    Carrollton is one of the nine “Founding Father” cities co-sponsoring the inaugural tri-state Veterans Day celebration at 2 p.m., Nov. 10 at Willis Music Stage, Turfway  Park, Florence. Many local communities have had veterans programs over the years in the Cincinnati area, but this is the first program we know about that provides free entertainment to honor veterans and active duty in all three states.

  • New Year’s Resolution – Now is the time!

    With changing leaves and temperatures we now know that the changing of the seasons is on its way. With Halloween’s trick or treat, Thanksgiving’s feast, Christmas’ family gatherings, and New Year’s big night of eats and drinks, we have hit the season of big eating. With that now starting to weigh on our minds for the planning and preparation of it all, now is also the time to plan for the caloric indulgence and how to fight it.