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Today's Opinions

  • Preventing child abuse can aid in battle against drug and alcohol abuse

    April is recognized as National Child Abuse Awareness month. The question might be asked what child abuse has to do with a group like Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County. 

    Every day in the United States, five children die as a result of child abuse, most of which are under the age of 4.  Alcohol and substance abuse are the leading cause of child abuse. 

  • Historical president hopes to breathe ‘new life’ in the organization

    Editor:

    As the newly-elected president of the Port William Historical Society, I am hoping to breathe new life into the half-century-old organization through the creation of more educational and dynamic meetings, the creation of new monthly community events and the expansion of current ones, historic-themed field trips that will be open to all members of the community, scheduled summer house tours and the integration and development of a junior historical society.

  • Friends, prayers help in battle with cancer

    Editor:

    Since I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer several months ago, this has truly been a wonderful experience for me.

    I told Father Davy last month that the prayers and good will I have received has really made this problem a joy.

  • New expo focuses on youth programs

    Editor:

    Carroll County is at a pivotal point in our history. We have more possible growth and potential than ever. However, that growth and potential will never be realized unless we act now to help tomorrow’s generation.

    Drugs, abuse and simple apathy threaten the success of our county. It has become evident to me that in order to make our community everything that it can be, it is going to take a community-wide effort.

  • Kentucky cannot afford to wait a year for strong legislation on pill mills

    Editor’s note: This opinion piece comes from mayors of Henderson, Winchester, Hazard, Pikeville, Hopkinsville, Paducah, Paintsville, Crestview Hills and London who are members of the Kentucky League of Cities.

     

    On April 12, lawmakers will assemble for the last day of the 60-day session. While the General Assembly concluded the bulk of its work before leaving Frankfort last Friday, it left one of the most critical pieces of legislation for our state and communities uncompleted.

  • State’s budget reduces agencies’ funding but protects education

    By the time you read this, the 2012 General Assembly will be one day away from concluding.

    We have completed 59 days of the 60 day session, the last day, April 12, is reserved for considering any governor’s vetoes, if any.

     By far, working on the state’s two-year budget was the most pressing issue this week.

    After several late nights, we reached consensus on the $19.4 billion budget with the House negotiators a little before 3 a.m. on Thursday.

  • Lawmakers compromise to OK two-year budget

    When House and Senate leaders first sat down early last week in budget negotiations, most of the major issues had already been decided.

    Each chamber, for example, supported Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to cut most state agencies by more than 8 percent next fiscal year to balance the books, and then maintain that level of spending in the following year. Both the House and Senate believe it is important to live within our means, and to rely as little as possible on one-time funding sources to cover recurring expenses.

  • Support appreciated after tornadoes

    Editor: