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Today's Opinions

  • Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures

    A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for First-Class and Periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.

    It is time for lawmakers to consider how rural and small town mail is suffering.

  • Kentucky lags in health rankings

    As states look for ways to improve their quality of life, the first thing they usually do is see how well they stack up with the rest of the country.

  • Spay-neuter donations sought

    Editor:

    I am organizing a lower cost spay-neuter project for Carroll County this spring. As a volunteer, my goal is two-fold. I hope to help some Carroll County pet owners who could not otherwise afford to have their pets spayed or neutered. And I hope to help some helpless cats and dogs stop the breeding cycle that results in hundreds of homeless kittens and puppies.

  • Ways to get lean, mean for 2015

    It is the goal of the Health Matters column to expand the knowledge of the readers of The News-Democrat: To give you, the readers, more real, relevant, current knowledge to further enhance your health, both mentally and physically.

    Summer bodies are made in the winter months. With summer around the corner and resolutions kicking in this month, that bathing suit isn’t going to wear itself. It is time to get serious about shedding that excess baggage.

  • Polls show the economy is improving, Kentucky unemployment rates lower

    Although there is no doubt that we still have a long way to go to recover fully from the national recession that began seven years ago, there have been some encouraging signs in recent days.

    Early last week, for example, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew by five percent between July and September, the fastest quarterly uptick in a decade.

  • NorthKey Adult Day Care express appreciation

    Editor:

  • Champions reflects on 2014 positives as the new year begins
  • Rand offers his legislative perspective

    Each year, the General Assembly has two distinct periods of activity: its legislative session, when laws are passed, and what is called the interim, when the House and Senate jointly review issues affecting the state.

    While much of the public’s attention is understandably focused on the former – which starts in early January and runs through either late March or mid-April, depending on the year – the latter plays an important, educational role as well.