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Today's Opinions

  • New procedures in place for child support division at County Attorney’s Office

    Every day we all get notices in the mail regarding our privacy rights, our bank’s privacy policies and what information is protected by these rights and policies. The County Attorney’s Office is no different.

    Due to privacy policies and federal and state guidelines, the County Attorney’s Office has had to implement some new procedures and change the way we do business in the child support division.

  • Nation must stay committed to veterans

    On this day, in this month, 94 years ago, the guns of World War I went silent and our nation remembers this moment each year by recognizing the service and the sacrifice of our country’s veterans.

  • 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.