Today's Opinions

  • Fothergill thanked for his photographs


    Carrollton Utilities staff would like to thank local photographer Jim Fothergill for sharing his time and photographs with us. All the photos in the Water Quality Reports that were recently mailed to our customers were taken by Jim.  

    This was yet another example of how generous Jim is with his time in supporting the community plus an example of his photography skills.  

  • Unlock nation’s oil and natural gas

    Buried largely beneath the Alaskan tundra and coastal waters is a 145.5 billion-barrel vault of recoverable oil, nearly eight times our measured oil reserves. This does not count our vast supply of untapped oil shale in the Western part of the United States, which a modest estimate places at 800 billion recoverable barrels. Our potential supply of natural gas totals more than 2,000 trillion cubic feet.

    It is widely acknowledged that these resources could satisfy American demand for hundreds of years, if only President Obama would let us use them.

  • Team Robbins extends thank-you message


    I would like to say congratulations to the Carroll County Relay for Life for another successful year.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the individual who have helped Team Robbins raise money for the Relay for Life/American Cancer Society.

  • 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