Today's Opinions

  • It’s time to take steps to protect our children from deranged gunmen

    Friday’s shooting in a Connecticut elementary school has this nation reeling with emotion. I am no exception.

    I am devastated and deeply saddened for the victims and for their families. I am sad for the shooter and his family, because somehow this man’s problems went unnoticed, and his family is also paying the price.

    I am frustrated that these situations are becoming more and more commonplace – and more and more deadly.

    And I’m angry. On so many levels.

  • Gun laws should be strengthened after shootings at Sandy Hook

    December is such a joyous month for so many.  It’s a time when we reconnect with old friends; a time when we gather with our co-workers for social events; a time when neighbors and members of organizations get together to share good food and drink and probably some laughs.

    It’s also a sad time for many of us. Losses that occur in December seem especially poignant to me. A year ago, I lost my very good friend Evelyn Welch, and in 1977 my father died on Dec. 22. 

  • Kentuckians give time, money to help others

    If it seems that the news is often filled more with what’s wrong with the world than what’s right, the holidays give us a chance to flip that equation for a time.

    Here in Kentucky, it doesn’t take long to find some good news across the state.

    Earlier this fall, for example, we learned our citizens are much more willing to give to charitable causes than those living in most other states.  According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, we rank 15th in this category.

  • Westside fund-raiser grows again this year


    I wanted to start with a big thank-you to the community for supporting the Westside Volunteer Fire Department fund-raiser on Saturday night. We had an amazing turnout.

  • Girl Scout Troop 337
appreciates support


    Carroll County Girl Scout Brownie Troop 337 would like to thank the following for helping us with our Dec. 1 fund-raiser at A Christmas Carroll.

    Thanks to Kevin Craig and the group that helped by allowing us to use the tent, and those that arranged the assembly and had it assembled. Thanks so much. We, as well as the girls, greatly appreciate all you do and have done for our troop.  

  • NorthKey ADT thanks Belterra for donations


    The staff and clients at the NorthKey Community Care ADT Program would like to thank the Belterra Casino Resort and Spa for the generous gifts they gave us for our annual awards luncheon in October. We also enjoyed eating at the buffet for our Thanksgiving meal in November.

    Our goal at the ADT is transforming lives and communities through excellent service. Your generosity towards our clients demonstrates your commitment to provide the moral support needed to continue our mission.

  • Youth services thanks KFC for fundraiser


    Carroll County Youth Services Center would like to say “thanks” to everyone who dined at Kentucky Fried Chicken. On Dec. 11, in support of  Prom Lock-In.

    Youth Services received 10 percent of the net sales for the day to go toward Prom Lock-In, which is an after-Prom party that is alcohol- and drug-free.

    A huge thank-you goes out to Kentucky Fried Chicken, Larry Mason and Suzanne Mason. Thank you so much for supporting our youth!

  • Thanks extended for bake-off competition


    I would like to thank all of the generous people who entered the seventh annual “Vision of  Sugar Plums” cooking contest held at McNeal’s during A Christmas Carroll in downtown Carrollton Saturday, Dec. 1. 

    There were 59 beautiful desserts that were turned in for a chance to win a new cooking range from McNeal’s. I could see the time and special attention the people put into their desserts.