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Today's Opinions

  • Outpouring provides food for animals

    Editor:

    A few months ago I had the pleasure of waiting on some of the ladies that work for Carroll County Animal Support. I enjoyed talking to them about all the hard work they were doing to help the animals. Their work included helping with the rescue of the animals from Henry County.

    I decided to start collecting donations for the dogs that were rescued. Immediately I received an outpouring of donations from the employees of Down On Main Street and also some of my guests who came in for dinner.

  • Residents earn awards at Special Olympics

    Editor:

    Carroll County Special Olympics competed in two statewide events in the past two months with the following results:

    • Bowling, Dec. 3, 2011, State Tournament in Louisville, singles competition: Zach Lynn, first (gold medal); Amanda Hearn, fourth place; Thomas Granger, fourth place; Rhonda Burns, first (gold medal); Mary Pyles, third place (bronze medal); Melissa Cooper, third (bronze medal); David Gregory, fifth place; and Robbie Andrews, fourth place.

  • Jars in stores raise funds for Kosair Children’s Hospital

    Editor:

    In April 2011, I noticed an odd looking rash all over my three-year-old son Wyatt’s body. He also had a lot of bruising. So, the next morning, his father and I took him to the doctor. The doctor knew that something was wrong right away, so she took some blood from him. The results came back that he had a platelets count of 1,000 (A normal count is anywhere from 150,000 to 400,000).

  • Wild pigs, chemicals used in schools, child obesity among bills before House

    While no one can predict exactly what will pass in a regular legislative session, one constant can always be counted on: Diversity. Last week was a textbook example of that in action in the Kentucky House, with legislation ranging from wild pigs to alternative energy projects.

  • Show support for the clean energy bill

    Editor:

    The Clean Energy Opportunity Act (HB167) is currently being considered by the Kentucky House of Representatives during the General Assembly. This bill encourages greater energy efficiency, conservation and use of all energy resources in order to gain energy independence and encourage economic growth. It also will enable Kentucky to be a leader in renewable energy alternatives to stabilize energy costs and create jobs for our commonwealth.

  • Senate approves education bills, prepares to work on Ky. budget

    We are now a quarter way through session. Bills are flowing through the committee process and arriving on the Senate floor for consideration before the entire chamber.

     Three bills won passage this week and will now head to the House of Represent-atives. Senate Bill 55 allows for interstate mutual aid agreements among first-responders and other emergency response personnel. That is to say, that if an emergency occurs near local or state borders, emergency personnel can respond regardless of their home base.

  • Lawmakers tackle range of legislation in House

    With January behind us, the General Assembly is finding the quick pace that defined the legislative session’s opening days is now settling into a more measured routine.

    The first few weeks, of course, were dominated by two main actions: Gov. Steve Beshear’s speeches on the state of the Commonwealth and his budget proposal; and redistricting, which the House and Senate undertake each decade to reflect population changes in their districts and those of the Kentucky Supreme Court and our congressional delegation.

  • Redistricting makes Hornback county’s new state senator

    Hello. My name is Paul Hornback and I am your new state senator.

    It is our constitutional duty every 10 years to realign our voting districts according to population after each census. This act fulfills the requirement of one man, one vote. Because of population shifts, the 20th State Senatorial District now includes Carroll County in addition to part of Boone and Jefferson counties and all of Gallatin, Henry, Shelby and Spencer counties. (The final congressional district lines are still being discussed between the chambers.)