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Opinion

  • Editor:

    After having read several recent letters to the editor concerning cleaning up the City of Carrollton, I am prompted to express my feelings as a council member.

  • Editor:

    On Feb. 19, I had the privilege of attending a meeting presided by Ruth Baxter. The meeting was about stimulating the economy.

    The discussion centered around creating jobs for local residents and the emphasis was put on the urgency of buying locally. Everyone in the community needs to stop and think about what might happen to Carrollton if the local businesses were not here anymore. Most everything you buy from a business outside of Carrollton can be purchased here locally for about the same price.

  • Editor:

    Many people are asking, what does “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” mean to me, as it pertains to the “First-time Home Buyer Credit”?

    Well, that is the $8,000 question. Here it is, in a nutshell. Last year, Congress provided taxpayers with a refundable tax credit equal to $7,500 or 10 percent of the purchase price, (whichever is the lesser of the two), on a home purchased by a first-time homebuyer on or after April 9, 2008, and before July 1, 2009.

  • Editor:

    I am writing in regard to Coach Corbin and the fourth-grade boys basketball team.

    On Feb. 21-22, they played in a tournament in Madison Ind., games at 9 a.m. and approximately 3 p.m., and the fourth-grade tournament in New Castle, Ky., at 11 a.m. and approximately 1 p.m. They played again at 2 on Sunday in Madison.

  • Editor:

    Congratulations to the community for helping the group Carroll County Animal Support.  I attended the chili supper fund-raiser Saturday night to participate by donating some bake goods and volunteering to help.  

    What a wonderful surprise to see so many bake-sale items and workers, plus the large and beautiful display of silent auction baskets and raffle items.  

  • Editor:

    I’d like to take this opportunity to express my thoughts on the plans to clean up the city and enforce city ordinances.

    First, the code inspector is going over board, he is now writing people citations for toys in the yard. Come on that just shows that the city wasn’t that bad to begin with. He’s obviously ran out of real violations to write people up for.

    Second, I think we should all thank the mayor. I have talked to many town officials and everyone points the finger at the mayor.

  • There are people out in the community who are angry at this newspaper, and I think it’s time to clear the air.

    Over the past few months, we have reported on the deaths of three young men, whose autopsies connected their tragic, untimely and unexpected deaths directly to the abuse of prescription drugs apparently obtained illegally.

    As editor, I take full responsibility for making sure these stories were covered and published. And I will make sure that we will continue to do so if, God forbid, this happens again.

  • Editor:

    The Carroll County High School Panther basketball team hosted its second annual chili supper and silent auction Feb. 14, prior to the homecoming games against Williamstown and Oldham County. The participation by the community and parents of both the girls and boys basketball teams was terrific; both events were a huge success.

  • (Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to The News-Democrat by Amy Owen of Carrollton. The letter was written by Dawn Austin, before she died of cancer earlier this month. We are printing it at Ms. Owen’s request.)

    Editor:

  • Editor:

    This is a letter that I have written before, but lost when we lost our electric. It is long overdue.

    I was not a person who went to doctors. I did see Dr. Hussein two years ago. He fixed what was wrong and I didn’t go back. I see him on a regular schedule now.

  • Editor:

    This letter is to address the situation that arose over the past few weeks concerning the Carroll County High School freshman basketball team.

    This class, though maybe not as talented as others, was a very hard-working and dedicated group of young men. Their season was not stellar, but, unlike their coach, they did not give up – no matter the score or circumstances.

  • Editor:

    I have been a volunteer at KET, Kentucky’s statewide public television system, for three years. I volunteer my time there because for years my family and I have enjoyed the diverse, wonderful programming and services KET provides, and I want to take part in passing those things on to others in my community.

  • Editor:

    I know most insurance companies are reliable and that sometimes a reasonable increase in insurance premiums is justified. I don’t like when it happens, but I understand that it can happen.

    Even the most reasonable person would agree, however, that three increases over a six-year period, cumulatively totaling more than a 100 percent hike in premiums, would be unjustified, harmful and unconscionable.

  • Some say stress and arguments about finances could be the cause of most divorces in the United States.

    But what about those of us who are not presently being held in the institution that is marriage? Sure, it’s great that we have no one spending our hard earned cash frivolously; but can the current economy be at least somewhat responsible for keeping us single?

  • Editor:

    The following letter was sent to our state leaders and representatives, Gov. Steve Beshear, state Sen. Ernie Harris and state Rep. Rick Rand:

    As hard working Kentuckians, taxpayers, and avid voters, please allow us the opportunity to express our opinions regarding the recent events concerning House Bill 144.  We do not understand how you can give tax breaks to industries to come to Kentucky, yet overly tax the distilleries, which have roots in this state – many of which are National Historic Sites. 

  • Editor:

    We need the community’s help. The Carroll County Tobacco Festival Committee has been approached by several citizens to consider coordinating the development of a museum.

    The museum would feature items of historical significance that would reflect the history of Carroll and neighboring counties.

  • To the editor:

    The Rotary Motto is Service about self, and last week we watched this motto practiced in real life.

    When the ice storm of 2009 hit this area and several of us were without electric, our utility crews were working around the clock to help us. The members of these crews sacrificed their families, health and sleep to help restore our power. They worked in less then desirable weather conditions of snow, freezing rain, ice, wind and temperatures around zero. Most utility employees were putting in 16-plus hour days just to help their neighbors.

  • To the editor:

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month-a time when schools, dentists and health organizations everywhere promote oral health education, and teach children how to practice good oral health

    According to the Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky has the nation’s highest rate of tooth loss and more than one quarter of the residents of this Commonwealth have lost six or more teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease. This news is alarming.

  • Editor:

    I would like to tell the community about a local organization called God’s Special Little Hearts. This group was formed in 2006 to help families with children battling a congenital heart defect or disease.

    The organization was founded by three heart moms who want to help others going through what their families went through as their children were diagnosed, hospitalized and underwent open-heart surgery. We have since recruited three other heart families to be a part of our organization.

  • Editor:

    I am a proud citizen of a small community. Sometimes we take for granted the benefits of living next to family and lifelong friends. There are also times we overlook great services in our small community.

    At 5 a.m. Jan. 26, my family was faced with a true emergency. My 2-year old son, Seth, woke from his sleep and was gasping for each breath. We had to make some very quick decisions and time was our enemy. Snow had just covered the roads, and I had to drive very carefully with my son struggling to breathe in the back seat.