Today's Opinions

  • Children are getting creative when hiding immoral items from their parents/guardians

    On Friday, Oct. 16, community members got a chance to see what it’s like to snoop through a teenager’s room to try and find hidden drug paraphernalia. OK, it wasn’t an actual teenager’s room, but it was a replica set up scarily close to a middle or high school-aged student’s room.

  • Rand highlights Kentucky’s role in alternative energy production

    In a month where we often turn on the air conditioning during the day but the heat at night, it seems appropriate that October has been set aside nationally to raise awareness of our energy needs.

    This annual designation began nearly a quarter-century ago and gives us an opportunity to especially highlight renewable fuels and energy conservation, twin areas where Kentucky routinely gets high marks.

  • Resident concerned about transgender issue


    I was appalled when I heard students from the high school speaking of a male student using the girls’ restroom. Apparently the principal had given him permission as he felt he was a girl locked in a male body. Some of the girls believe their rights had been violated as a male in their restroom just might decide, “Well maybe I am male” and take advantage of the situation.

  • Take extra precautions before firing on the heat this fall

    It’s that time of the year again; the fall chill is in the air. Now we start thinking about using our woodstoves, fireplaces, kerosene heaters and other devices to help heat our homes and workshops.

    There are some precautions we should consider before we fire up the heat for the first time.

    Has the flue/chimney been cleaned and inspected by a professional/competent person?

    Have we allowed enough space between these heat sources and any combustible materials?

    Do we have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector?

  • Nothing works unless you do

    How many fad diets do you see or have pushed in your direction in a week’s time? Have you noticed when you or someone you know loses a noticeable amount of weight or inches the first question is, ‘What is your secret?’ Have you noticed while watching TV or scrolling on social media how many advertisements and fad diets try to suck you in with success stories and pictures?

  • State campaigns aim to lower number of traffic fatalities

    For nearly a decade now, Kentucky has made significant progress when it comes to reducing the number of traffic fatalities in the state.  Totals that topped 900 annually between 2002 and 2006 dropped to 638 in 2013, a number not seen since the late 1940s.

    That downward trend, unfortunately, has begun to move in the other direction.  Last year’s total was 34 higher than 2013’s, and through the first week of this month, we’re 58 ahead of the same point 12 months ago.

  • “Three for Me” gives library cards to all students

    The Carroll County Public Library’s new “Three for Me” program is having a big impact on all students in the Carroll County School District. “Three for Me” allows children to get a library card even if the child’s parent or guardian does not have one. Up to three items at a time may be checked out, and overdue fees and fines will not be applied to the child’s account.

  • CCRTA to donate to the food pantry


    The week of Oct. 18-24, 2015 has been designated as Retired Teachers Week. The purpose of the week is to recognize the volunteer work that retired teachers do in the community.

    In 2014 an hour donated was worth $20.29. Statewide last year the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association members donated more than 981,168 hours, valued at $19.9 million. Just think how much it would be if every volunteer reported their hours.