Today's Opinions

  • Rash of kitchen fires sparks call for safety when using the stove

    Stove fires can create a very scary situation, as well as a costly mistake.

    Roughly 90 percent of the time, they are caused by human error. They tend to be very small at first, but homeowners usually try to douse them using a small fire extinguisher or a bucket of water. However, this confidence in thinking that they can fight a fire this size is what can lead to a situation getting worse, or a person getting seriously injured.

  • Campground shouldn’t be for long stays


    I would like to express my opinion on long-term camping at the city’s Two Rivers RV Park.  I think it would be better to keep  the length of time at our new facility to short-term and not to let campers stay for six months at a time. We want it to stay like a campground, not a trailer park.

  • Local library taxes are put to good use

     Last week’s News-Democrat included an editorial reprinted from the Lexington Herald Leader. State Auditor Adam Edelen has announced plans to compile an online database that will provide a way for the public to compare tax or fee rates and spending practices of local taxing districts with similar districts around the state. 

  • Body Recall program set for health center


    I am enjoying my “Body Recall” workouts at the Carroll County Health Department. Currently, there are five of us participating. Rachel Dermon does a wonderful job of leading our exercises. She has room for more if you think you could benefit from these low-impact exercises, all done from a chair. We meet at 11 a.m. on Monday-Wednesday-Friday for one hour. Come join us, we would love to have you.

    Janie Wilson


  • Campground should continue to limit stays


    I would like to thank you for your recent editorial on the new RV Park in Carrollton. When the idea of an RV Park was brought up we were assured then and at public meetings later that there would be no long term bookings. One of the best things the city has done was to purchase and pull down the permanent trailers that blotted the landscape around our city park and we certainly do not want to go back there.

    Norman Murray


  • Main Street thanks those in River Sweep


  • Relay appreciates community support


    I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to everyone who was involved in the 2012 Carroll County Relay for Life.  Without the support of those who came out and enjoyed the festivities, the teams, survivors, sponsors and committee members, this event would not have taken place.  Thank you goes out to the National Guard Armory, C.C. Downey and Kroger for their contribution to the Daddy Daughter Dance that was held in April. 

  • Speak up, be heard; your voice can make a difference on issues

     Our voices can make a difference.

    I expressed concern two weeks ago in my column over a proposal by Carrollton City Council to allow extended stays at the new Two Rivers Campground.

    This was something local residents opposed in planning meetings for the campground as the master plan was developed for Point Park. We were assured that the facility would only allow stays of up to two weeks.

    After publication, I heard from two members of city council who recalled this pledge and took action last week to stop the extended stay proposal, for now.