Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • It’s time to take steps to protect our children from deranged gunmen

    Friday’s shooting in a Connecticut elementary school has this nation reeling with emotion. I am no exception.

    I am devastated and deeply saddened for the victims and for their families. I am sad for the shooter and his family, because somehow this man’s problems went unnoticed, and his family is also paying the price.

    I am frustrated that these situations are becoming more and more commonplace – and more and more deadly.

    And I’m angry. On so many levels.

  • Gun laws should be strengthened after shootings at Sandy Hook

    December is such a joyous month for so many.  It’s a time when we reconnect with old friends; a time when we gather with our co-workers for social events; a time when neighbors and members of organizations get together to share good food and drink and probably some laughs.

    It’s also a sad time for many of us. Losses that occur in December seem especially poignant to me. A year ago, I lost my very good friend Evelyn Welch, and in 1977 my father died on Dec. 22. 

  • Kentuckians give time, money to help others

    If it seems that the news is often filled more with what’s wrong with the world than what’s right, the holidays give us a chance to flip that equation for a time.

    Here in Kentucky, it doesn’t take long to find some good news across the state.

    Earlier this fall, for example, we learned our citizens are much more willing to give to charitable causes than those living in most other states.  According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, we rank 15th in this category.

  • Westside fund-raiser grows again this year


    I wanted to start with a big thank-you to the community for supporting the Westside Volunteer Fire Department fund-raiser on Saturday night. We had an amazing turnout.

  • Girl Scout Troop 337
appreciates support


    Carroll County Girl Scout Brownie Troop 337 would like to thank the following for helping us with our Dec. 1 fund-raiser at A Christmas Carroll.

    Thanks to Kevin Craig and the group that helped by allowing us to use the tent, and those that arranged the assembly and had it assembled. Thanks so much. We, as well as the girls, greatly appreciate all you do and have done for our troop.