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Today's Opinions

  • Priest begins his duties in Nairobi

    Editor:

    Greetings from Kenya!

    I spent three weeks in the United Kingdom. I visited my friends, family members and the members of my Carmeite Community in England, Wales and Scotland. I left for Kenya on July 23, the day after the royal baby was born.

    I arrived in Nairobi on July 24. I went to the school that I started close to the airport. Carmelite fathers and the community welcomed me warmly. Roasted rabbit was served at the welcome dinner. I saw a lot of developments in the campus and around.

  • Take a little time to make your home more fire safe

    When I am asked to write or talk about fire prevention, I take the request very seriously due to the importance of the material being presented. Unfortunately, like everyone else, I am human and the writing deadlines seem to always creep up on me, just like this week. However, for once, I believe the tight time frame has helped me with this week’s fire prevention topic. 

  • Genealogy program returns to TV; seminar in Frankfort Aug. 3

    I must admit it – I am hooked on “Who Do You Think You Are,” and I’m thrilled that it’s back on television. NBC dropped it last year, but The Learning Channel has taken it over. (That totally makes up for the fact that TLC is also responsible for “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”)

    Thanks to the Internet, I’m watching last night’s premiere episode on my computer as I write this column. The star of the show is Kelly Clarkson, a singer who was the first winner of “American Idol.”

  • Activity, exercise serve to reduce stress, improve overall health

    In this edition of Health Matters, I am going to hit you with a few different topics to reach a variety of people who read this column for applicable information to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Exercise and stress

  • Special edition offers residents a chance to get to know newspaper

    Many folks may be scratching their heads when they get their mail today, asking themselves, “Why do I have a News-Democrat on a Monday?”

    We are providing every household in the county with a sample of our weekly newspaper, with the help of the many advertisers in this special edition. This newspaper not only has the latest news from Carroll County and the region, but it is filled with all of the back to school information you need to prepare for the new school year starting Aug. 7.

  • CCAS can no longer help with cats

    Editor:

    This year, it seems Carroll County has been overrun by homeless and feral cats and kittens. In fact, many counties in the area have seen an explosion of cat populations.

    Part of the problem is that people aren’t making sure their pets are spayed and neutered. A female will have a litter, but no one wants the kittens so they are dumped someplace out in the county. Those that survive go on to have more litters, and the problem continues to escalate.

  • State revenue exceed target as fiscal year ends on June 30

    They may be relatively unknown and their subject matter may be a little dry, but the eight economists who comprise the Consensus Forecasting Group have a powerful role to play: They determine just how much money state government can expect.

    As anyone who has ever put a budget together knows, it can be tough to predict what a year will bring.  Their job, however, is even more difficult: They have to look more than 30 months ahead, to cover not just the two-year span for the budget but also the six additional months needed to prepare, pass and implement it.

  • Heroin forum sheds light on serious drug problem in region