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Today's Opinions

  • Three Rivers Friends of NRA banquet huge success

    Editor:

    On March 12, Three Rivers Friends of NRA held its annual banquet at the National Guard Armory in Carrollton, and it was a huge success. This year we had 226 people participate in our raffles, games and live auction. Congratulations to all the winners.

  • Motivation to exercise: Get it and keep it

    Starting to exercise and keeping at it can be a real struggle.  Here are a few ways that helped me to get and stay motivated.

    1. Lighten goals

    Sometimes when starting to exercise, your goal may be too big for you at that time. Make smaller goals (go to the gym three times a week,  walk a mile, drink more water). Slowly change your exercise habits and eating habits. Doing everything at once can be overwhelming.

    2. Track or journal your progress

  • State legislators enter ‘fourth quarter,’ aim to pass budget

    Not only did Friday mark the end to another busy week in the Kentucky Senate, it also was day 46 of our 60-day legislative session. We are now in the proverbial “fourth quarter” when the House and the Senate must come together to get a victory for the state of Kentucky by passing a responsible budget. After 10 weeks we are still awaiting a key “assist” from our colleagues in the House in the form of a budget bill that has yet to pass the lower chamber. 

  • House leaders say education cuts will be scaled back in budget

    As other Kentucky House leaders and I were putting the final touches on a proposed two-year state budget last week, legislators received not one but two reports of good economic news.

    On Thursday, state officials said that revenues have grown 4.3 percent so far this current fiscal year, all but guaranteeing a surplus with less than four months to go.  The sales tax – one of the state’s major revenue sources and a strong indicator of consumer confidence – has now increased in 24 of the past 26 months.

  • Battle over unbreakable encryption is not about a single terrorist’s iPhone

    Occasionally politicians slip up and reveal their true intentions.  In DC, this is called “committing candor.”  While indirectly discussing his administration’s effort in the courts to force Apple to develop a software key to unlock iPhones, President Barack Obama recently admitted this battle is not just about a single terrorist’s iPhone in San Bernardino.

  • Addicts must choose to change their life

    Editor:

    We know there is a need to change the direction of substance abuse and drug addiction in our community. What can Life In Carrollton do to change our community? Why should you support Life In Carrollton?

    I was an addict for eight years and an alcoholic for 17 years. I have certainly lived the lifestyle of the addict.

  • Teen night event proves successful

    Editor:

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank a handful of great people that helped make our first ever “Teen Night” a success.

    Sponsored by the Carroll County Health Department, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County and Haven of Hope Pregnancy Services, Maria Breeden and I teamed up to bring this fun night a reality for young ladies ages 12-18.

  • Senate OKs bills to aid children, crime victims, small businesses

    The passage of bills that would help children with disabilities, preserve rights of victims in criminal cases, and fight for the rights of the unborn highlighted another busy week in the Senate. As Thursday marked day 40 of our 60-day legislative session in Frankfort, we are still anxiously awaiting a budget bill from our colleagues in the House.