Today's Opinions

  • Shootings offer points to consider


  • Bank earns thanks 
for its holiday spirit


    The staff and clients of the Carrollton Adult Day Training at NorthKey would like to thank Rita Power and her staff at River Valley Financial Bank for their generosity toward the ADT at Christmas. On Thursday, Dec. 20, the clients were treated to a pizza party and if that were not enough, the bank also provided a gift bag to each of the clients containing clothes, socks and candy.

    The ADT clients were very surprised and so appreciative that they were given such an unexpected gift. This is truly community service at its finest.

  • Research finds familiar names from the past

    In my searches through Carrollton’s history, I have come across the names of many families who can no longer be readily found in the phone book. Whether from death, disease, opportunity in other parts of the country, or simply being left without a male heir to pass on their family name, their memory is still visible throughout many parts of the community on street signs, parks, public buildings, and old houses. Through pure happenstance, one such family, the Howes, would become a major focal point of my research and ties to Carrollton. 

  • Rotary says thanks to Herb Kinman


    The Carrollton Rotary Club would like to thank Herb Kinman and the folks at Herb Kinman Chevrolet for allowing us to be a part of their grand reopening on Dec. 8.  Through their help, we are able to donate a gift of $500 to the Carroll County Food Pantry to help those who are less fortunate.

  • It’s time to look at spiritual answers


    Responding to last week’s articles advocating gun control, let me say such “fixes” are akin to putting a bandage on a large, uncleansed, infected wound. It looks better, but the wound is still there and can lead to death.

  • Focus should expand to address other issues


    The tragedy of school shootings such as the most recent incident at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newport, Conn., is compounded by the predictably myopic focus of the responses to such incidents. The focus tends to be almost exclusively on debates regarding interpretations of the Second Amendment to our Constitution rather than upon the basic causes and prevention of violence in our nation. The focus should be expanded to issues such as the following:

  • Students learn they have better things to do than drugs

    The spirit of Christmas doesn’t have to end Dec. 25. Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County sponsors two clubs for students, and we are learning that we definitely have better things to do than drugs. One if them is doing good deeds for others.

  • Guns don’t kill, people do the killing


    I am writing in response to Mrs. Boyd’s editorial last week calling for stricter gun laws. First I’d like to point out that, yes in fact guns do not kill people, neither do knives, baseball bats or any other product a person may find to commit acts of harm.

    In 2005, 52 people were killed in the London subway bombings; in 2002 Dr. Harold Shipman killed 172 of his patients. Timmy McVeigh killed 168 innocent people, (19 children under the age of 6, and injured 680 people). You can still buy fertilizer, racing fuel and rent box trucks.