Today's Opinions

  • Westrick always had a smile on his face, served as an example for others

    This week, as you all know, we lost a great person in our community, Bruce Westrick.

    I didn’t know him well yet. In a small way, I was given the grace to be able to penetrate this man’s heart and value him for the great example that he was. I was always impressed with his happiness and positive outlook.

    He came to Mass at St. John on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. He would sit on the bench at the back of the church.

  • Honest man turns in lost ATM card


    In the midst of crimes and untrustworthy people, there are still those who hold fast to their integrity.

    Not long ago, I dropped my debit card outside of Speedway in Carrollton. I did not miss it until later. I was really worried and was just getting ready to cancel it when the bank called and said they had mya card.

    The man who found it took it to my bank and put it in the night depositary. He did not stop there, but called the bank to verify that they found it.

  • NAMI group looks to form locally


    There is a national organization-National Alliance for Mental Illness, that is just awesome and has helped many people. We need this in Carroll County.

    We are going to be offering a 12-week course starting on Thursday, March 6, from 6-8:30 p.m. upstairs in the old courthouse for families who have members who suffer from mental illness. It is free.

  • House OKs increase in minimum wage

    Seven years after the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to raise the state’s minimum wage, the Kentucky House of Representatives returned to the issue on Thursday when it passed legislation that follows a similar path taken by that 2007 law.

    This is an issue that is drawing a lot of attention across the country. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 23 states considered raising it in 2013, and Kentucky is one of 20 doing the same this year, with more expected in the months ahead.

  • Senate seeks to save public funds and assist agriculture

    February opened with snow and ice across most of Kentucky. I hope you and yours are safe. As crews are out working all hours of the night, and utility workers restoring power to the many areas that lost it, I am reminded of, and appreciate, the people that are out working in these tough and hazardous conditions.

    Despite the tough conditions in travel, the Senate continued working with a full week of committee hearings and bills that came to the Senate floor for vote.

  • Communications bill wins Senate OK

    This week in Frankfort, the Senate passed key pieces of legislation that help our students and school districts, provide economic development and access to better communications, and give law enforcement time-saving investigation procedures.

    I am happy to report my Senate Bill 99 passed on Thursday. The bill enables rural citizens to have access to communications infrastructure for better wireless and broadband service.

  • House approves measures to improve education, raise the minimum wage

    With more than half of state government’s revenue dedicated to education, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many of the bills considered by the General Assembly every year are also centered on the subject.

    That was certainly the case last week in the Kentucky House of Represent-atives, which sent to the Senate several pieces of legislation designed to improve different facets of our schools.

  • CCHS students praised for sportsmanship


    My name is Cindy Cornett and I am a parent of No. 35, Justin Cornett, on Cordia’s basketball team. Your students are to be commended. Their kindness did not go unnoticed.