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Today's Opinions

  • House approves several measures

    If legislative sessions start like a marathon, they end like a 100-yard dash, as the House and Senate make a final push to turn their goals into law.

    Leading the agenda, of course, is the state’s two-year budget and highway plan.  Legislative leaders began meeting Wednesday to hammer out a compromise, and the good news is that there is some broad area of agreement.

  • Senate works to reduce debt created through proposed state budget

    In the final full week of legislative session, we continued to hash out state budget details with the House in conference committee after passing our versions of the budget bills.  conference committees include the executive, judicial and legislative budgets for the next two years, as well as the state’s road plan. There are many different opinions and philosophies on how to spend the money, raise revenue, and support the important public services for Kentucky.  The budget is the ultimate statement of priorities for the Common-wealth.

  • A little etiquitte goes a long way

    With preparation of summer “look good, feel good” in full swing for all gym goers, try to remember a few simple rules of etiquette that will make you and others who use the gym you go to better:

    • Re- rack weights and put them in the proper order. It speeds up everyone’s gym time with much less frustration and reduces chances for finger injuries.

    • Don’t share your sweat. If you sweat like a faucet, bring a clean towel and wipe down the equipment after you use it.

  • Speakers for Champions must be OK’d

    Editor:

    I want to take this opportunity to inform those of you that may be somewhat confused on how programs in Carroll County Schools work. I’ve been confronted by different individuals throughout the community on what alcohol or drug awareness/education programs should be brought into our schools. Although [I am] Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County Coordinator, I realize each program we do must be approved by our community coalition and Carroll County School Board. This is according to school board policy and in our federal Drug Free Communities grant.

  • Trolley for city should be funded

    Editor:

    I was shocked, saddened and dumbfounded to see the Carrollton City Council had taken the Carrollton trolley out of the budget.

    The council and tourism should have fought for and had the trolley on the way to running in order to serve the town and our visitors.

  • Use the correct, and best, knife for the job

    I wish that I could happily report that as I type this I’m sitting outside, wearing shorts and thoroughly enjoying the warm Kentucky weather. Alas, I’m indoors with a long sleeve shirt and pants and shivering at the thought of going outside at all. Oh well, sooner or later that day and that article will come. Today though, it’s a different subject.

  • JCTC Carrollton campus must be funded this year

    As Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said Tuesday, “so far, so good.”

    Funding for the new Jefferson Community and Techinal College campus in Carrollton has cleared hurdle, after hurdle this year.

    Gov. Steve Beshear included the project in his budget as part of a plan to invest in community colleges because they help put Kentuckians to work.

  • April events to focus on the link between drugs and child abuse

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and at Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County we see the unfortunate connection between substance abuse and child abuse. According to The National Council of Child Abuse and Family Violence, “substance abuse exists in 40 to 80 percent of families in which the children are victims of abuse.”