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Today's Opinions

  • Utility’s rate increases cause concern

    Editor: Shelby Energy Cooperative has filed a request to increase rates as much as 15 percent on top of an additional 6 percent rate increase from East Kentucky Power, Shelby Energy’s power supplier. I believe Shelby Energy has created a veil of secrecy about our cooperative’s operation and management that causes the member-customer to pay more money for less service.

  • July 2 Senior Carnival was a great success

    Editor: The Senior Carnival was a great success Friday, July 2. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of local businesses and individuals. We would like to take the time to recognize those who made the carnival possible: Rand insurance, Hometown Pizza, Bray’s Orchard, Niles Bray’s Fruit Stand, All the Buzz Barber Shop, Tracey and Greg Heveline, Fra

  • Routines are crucial to one’s sanity -- and car battery

    Recently, I heard of a study that says people who multi-task don’t really get better at it over time – they actually lose their ability to concentrate. I don’t doubt the accuracy of this finding. My job requires me to multi-task all the time; I’m constantly switching from editing to writing to laying out pages, all the while trying to keep organized to make

  • Open county pageants offer girls opportunity

    Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to clear a few things up. Contrary to popular belief, a beauty pageant is much more than parading around in a bathing suit. Simply put, it’s about making friends, making memories, enhancing public speaking and people skills, increasing self-confidence and instilling a dream and a goal into

  • Tribute is offered to local ‘fallen hero’

    Editor: To a great fallen hero, Christopher Stout, I would like to say thanks for your sacrifice, dedication, honor and duty to our great country and the state of Kentucky. Because of great soldiers like you, we have this freedom of speech and religion to worship the only true God. We will miss you greatly and our prayers will be with your wonderful wife, children and family.

  • Sadly, Miss Trimble, runners-up aren’t from Trimble

    I  know some people will bristle at this, but I have to be honest – I’m not really a fan of beauty pageants. Though I’ve heard arguments to the contrary, I feel they exploit young women. To me, anytime you base winning a scholarship – or any prize – on how good a girl looks in a bathing suit, she is being objectified. I feel that even more strong

  • Special Olympics thrives with support

    Editor: Carroll County Special Olympics has had a very successful 2009-2010 sports season. In the fall, we participated in bowling, both at regional and state level. In January, we went to Perfect North Slopes for Winter Games, competing in alpine skiing and snowshoeing. A basketball team with Carroll and Gallatin County athletes, coached

  • Sometimes it's fun to be a 'tourist' in your hometown

    When I was a very young reporter living in Fairfield County, Conn., I was able to get together with a good friend I’d met a few years earlier when we were both students at Ohio University in Athens. Penny lived in New York City, and I had always envied her. She was very sophisticated and cosmopolitan, compared to me – a small-town girl from Northwest Ohio. NYC was