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Today's Opinions

  • Hard part still ahead for tax-reform commission appointed by Beshear

    From The State Journal

     

    The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform got off to a running start Tuesday with an easy decision. It won’t recommend the state extend its 6 percent sales tax to grocery purchases. The sales tax currently exempts food and prescription drugs, and both exemptions, in our opinion, should stand. Government has to have money to operate but it ought not tax the necessities of life.

  • Hughes remembered as gentle soul, with a flare of flamboyance

    It was 1982, shortly after I began working at the Carroll County Public Library, trying hard to put names with faces and learn the ins and outs of Carrolton when my most unique patron walked in with her young son.

    I think it would be correct to say hers was the brightest plumage and hers the most unforgettable face I had yet encountered. 

    Her name was Daisy and she had the sweetest smile. Her hair was a red not found in nature, but that was wonderful on her.

  • Williamson appreciates friends, cards, notes

    Editor:

    I would like to thank everyone for all the calls, text messages, cards and Facebook post s while Dylan was in the hospital last week. We truly appreciate everyone’s prayers and positive thoughts.

    A note from Dylan:

    “I’m happy to know so many people think about me when I’m at the hospital. It’s nice to know that I have lots of friends. Thank you very much my friends.”

    Kim Williamson, Kayla and Dylan

  • Students oppose drugs with Red Ribbon week

    Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 22-29, and red ribbons have been distributed to each student in the Carroll County School system. The students have dressed in their favorite college attire, future career clothes, and today, they will be decked out in red.

    Students in each school made “The Best Me is Drug Free” posters, many of which are displayed in over 20 businesses in Carrollton.

  • Students work in Butler Park praised

    Editor:

    After listening to last Tuesday’s presidential debate about the lack of jobs and training, it was delightful to read such a positive article in the Oct. 17 News-Democrat — Students volunteer to make improvements at the park.

    Hats off to Fran Dundon for coming up with the project and to all the instructors and students who gave of their time and talents to make improvements to our beautiful parks.

    What a great way to prepare students for future jobs and help our financially strapped parks system in the process.

  • Over-medicated, not ready for school

    In election years, politicians often talk about children as our future.

    If that’s true — and who could argue? — two stories last week provided a Dickensian picture of Kentucky a decade hence:

    Only one in four children is ready for kindergarten, the Kentucky Board of Education reported.

  • Over-medicated, not ready for school

    In election years, politicians often talk about children as our future.

    If that’s true — and who could argue? — two stories last week provided a Dickensian picture of Kentucky a decade hence:

    Only one in four children is ready for kindergarten, the Kentucky Board of Education reported.

  • It is everyone’s
 responsibility to keep the community safe

    Fans of “The Andy Griffith Show” often point to the episode “Citizens Arrest” as a favorite. Residents may not be making a citizen’s arrest with a new Kentucky State Police initiative, but they can help curb crime.

    A new text-tip line will allow the public to send confidential tips via cellphones.

    Here’s how it works: A cellphone user with the ability to text can dial 67283, then type KSPTIP in the message field, then leave a space before entering information about a crime or a suspect.