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Today's Opinions

  • Watch out for banking thieves this season

    Kentucky New Era

    The holiday shopping season can make or break many retailers each year, including some in our own community, but it is also a potential bonanza for criminals who prey on busy consumers.

    It is the season of giving — and unfortunately, it is the time for taking.

  • Some things never change

    Many of the best things in life are simple. Take Thanksgiving, for example. Lacking the costumes of Halloween and the parties of New Year’s, Thanksgiving requires only two ingredients: food and family. As a celebratory month, November does not need presents, egg hunts or fireworks. It is a simple thing.

  • Study finds education pays – In many more ways than one

    In the late 1990s, the state rolled out a simple but effective campaign summarized by two words: “Education pays.”

    That popular slogan came on the heels of a landmark overhaul of our public postsecondary schools and the creation of such programs as KEES, the lottery-based college scholarships that high school students earn with good grades, and “Bucks for Brains,” which added hundreds of millions of state and private dollars to our university research budgets.

  • Set out donations Saturday for Scouting For Food drive

    Editor:

    Saturday, Nov 21, is the “big day” for 2015 Scouting For Food drive. Dozens of volunteers will be hitting the same routes as they did the previous Saturday when they put out reminder fliers – this time picking up food that folks have graciously donated. We expect to be out by 9 a.m., so please be sure to have your donations out by then, positioned in a highly visible location so that our young volunteers can clearly see them.

  • Veteran disappointed in local restaurants

    Editor:

    To all the individuals and businesses in Carroll County who did anything at all to honor a veteran on this Veteran’s Day, I would like to say thank you.

  • Exercise to beat the wintertime blues

    Seasonal Depression Order (also called SAD) is a type of depression that is triggered by the seasons of the year. Symptoms usually begin late fall and early winter. The most common type of SAD is called winter onset depression. More than a half a million Americans experience a winter depression, but are better come summer. 

    The following are common symptoms of SAD:

    • a change in appetite, especially craving sweets or starchy foods

    •  weight gain

    • drop in energy level

  • Library collecting donations to local organizations in lieu of fines

    A switch flipped on Nov. 1. It officially became the holiday season. After Halloween was over, Christmas trees were going up. It has been so prevalent in advertisements and social media that I began to have panic attacks that I was not ready. I have to remind myself that there is plenty of time to have a great holiday season. There is so much pressure on us to create the most “Pinterest-worthy” moments that we might forget to stop and enjoy the time.  

  • Carroll school district’s budget simple, solid

    Like many school systems in rural Kentucky, the Carroll County School District is one of the largest governmental organizations in its county. With more than 300 employees, four large schools, 28 buses and 1,912 students, the district educates, cooks meals, provides transportation, promotes health, trains teachers and serves as a transition point for students moving from K-12 to colleges and careers.