Today's Opinions

  • Newspaper for ‘Kids’ ready for fourth year thanks to businesses

    Improving the educational opportunities of our youth is undoubtedly the most important investment we can make.

    There are no limits for young people who have the best education possible.

    To help with their education and to improve literacy, The News-Democrat and local business and industry have joined together to provide our students with their own newspaper.

    The first issue of Carroll County Kids for the new school year went to press this week and will be delivered to students by Sept. 1.

  • State shows progress in ‘going green’ effort

    When it comes to being “green,” Kentucky is taking a leading role in proving that, environmentally speaking, less is really more.

    Our recycling rate, for example, has doubled over the last decade, and in 2008, we passed the national average for the first time. Now, nearly a third of our recyclable materials – such things as aluminum, plastic, glass and paper – are being re-used rather than shipped off to the landfill. Altogether, it amounts to about two million tons annually that are being saved.

  • Welch has contributed a lot to community; will be missed

    I have tried to begin this piece several times and after many false starts, I am determined to get it done today. It’s hard to say goodbye to someone who has been a friend for almost 30 years and, coincidentally, has contributed so much to the community. 

    But we must say farewell to Evelyn Welch, who is leaving at the end of this month to become the manager at William Whitley State Historic Site near Stanford.

  • Diplomas, GEDs have a real payoff

    It has been a little more than a decade since the General Assembly revamped the state’s adult-education programs, a high point in the Legislature’s ongoing efforts to improve the classroom from preschool to the workplace.

    While a lot of work remains, the past decade has been exactly what we had hoped. In fact, from 2005 to 2009, adult-education enrollment grew by 30 percent – faster than any other state over the same period. There are now about 40,000 citizens in Kentucky who are helped academically each year.

  • Together, the community can be a champion against drug and alcohol abuse

    There is an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child. There has probably never been a day and age in which the quote has been more true than now.

    With families needing two or more incomes to survive, the number of families with only one parent, and the number of today’s youth being raised by grandparents and other family members, we need everyone to work together. 

  • Mayor asks residents to call for garbage can


    The franchise agreement the city of Carrollton recently accepted with Rumpke Inc. not only reduced the monthly fee by $3, but also included the use of a 90-gallon roll-around trash container for citizens of Carrollton. 

    To obtain one of these trash containers, call Michelle at (502) 568-3800, Ext. 7445. 

    Rumpke also has a large trash container at its facility on Ladder Lane, which is available to residents during business hours –
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


    Gene McMurry, Mayor

  • Signs point to improving economy

    There have been several positive signs in recent months that the worst of the recession may finally be behind us, but perhaps the best indication yet for Kentucky came late last week. That’s when Gov. Steve Beshear announced that state government ended the just-completed fiscal year with nearly $157 million more than expected.

  • Family appreciates help after fire claims home