http://www.mycarrollnews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Rural mail study puts focus on problems http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/rural-mail-study-puts-focus-problems <p> Kentucky New Era</p> <p> Here is some good news for rural Americans who are concerned about the reliability of mail delivery following postal cutbacks for several years: Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee ordered a study of on-time mail delivery outside of the country&rsquo;s urban areas. The National Newspaper Association, long an advocate on rural postal service issues because many smaller newspapers are delivered through the mail, applauded the study.</p> Prescription drug abuse has decreased since state legislation passed in 2012 http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse-has-decreased-state-legislation-passed-2012 <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oprandrick_new2010_83.jpg" alt="Rick Rand" title="Rick Rand" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Earlier this year, when the General Assembly approved legislation designed to curb the state&rsquo;s heroin epidemic, many called the law a national model because of the way it blended additional treatment, smart-on-crime measures and tougher penalties for traffickers.</p> <p> On Monday, we learned that another comprehensive law in this field, this one targeting prescription drug abuse, is making the significant difference that other legislators and I had hoped when we passed it in 2012.</p> Death by confinement http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/death-confinement-0 <p> The State Journal<br /> Whether it&rsquo;s from stupidity, negligence, being distracted &mdash; or some combination of the three &mdash; the number of children and pets that die in closed-up cars each summer is staggering. Perhaps in relative terms the numbers aren&rsquo;t so large &mdash; 38 kids and more than 150 dogs &mdash; but for something that is totally preventable, even one of each would be far too many and a tragedy in the lives of those involved.<br /> Death by confinement http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/death-confinement <p> The State Journal</p> <p> Whether it&rsquo;s from stupidity, negligence, being distracted &mdash; or some combination of the three &mdash; the number of children and pets that die in closed-up cars each summer is staggering. Perhaps in relative terms the numbers aren&rsquo;t so large &mdash; 38 kids and more than 150 dogs &mdash; but for something that is totally preventable, even one of each would be far too many and a tragedy in the lives of those involved.</p> Four amendments for Freedom http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/four-amendments-freedom <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/massie_thomas_4.jpg" alt="Thomas Massey" title="Thomas Massey" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Washington, D.C. has the bad news blues.&nbsp; Whether it&rsquo;s Congress passing bills that spend billions of dollars we don&rsquo;t have, rogue Supreme Court justices ignoring the clear text of the Constitution, or yet another unelected executive branch agency bureaucrat issuing a &ldquo;regulation&rdquo; that punishes free enterprise, it often seems that victories for freedom and liberty are rare.</span></p> Legislators will work to address new synthetic drug problem http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/legislators-will-work-address-new-synthetic-drug-problem <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tilley_rep._john.jpg" alt="John Tilley" title="John Tilley" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">One of the hallmarks of illegal drug use in Kentucky is that each epidemic tends to hit a region particularly hard before it fans out across the state.</span></p> <p> Northern Kentucky and Louisville, for example, have suffered more than most from the recent steep increase in heroin addiction.&nbsp; Eastern Kentucky has been the epicenter for prescription drug abuse, while Western Kentucky was first to see the rise of locally cooked methamphetamine.</p> Just A Thought http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/just-thought <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sherrard_kristinjpg_color.jpg" alt="Kristin Beck" title="Kristin Beck" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Do you remember that commercial from a few years back, where the parents are dancing around the school supply aisle to the song &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the most wonderful time of the year,&rdquo; as their children look on with disdain? My dad used to tease me and sing along when it came on television, eliciting an exaggerated, &ldquo;Daaaaaaaaad,&rdquo; from his daughter.</span></p> <p> But we both knew the truth: I loved going back to school. And I especially loved going school supply shopping.</p> Opportunities abound for the state’s high school students http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/opportunities-abound-state%E2%80%99s-high-school-students <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oprandrick_new2010_82.jpg" alt="Rick Rand" title="Rick Rand" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Next month, Morehead State University will open what will be the state&rsquo;s second specialty high school geared toward our best and brightest students.</span></p> <p> The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will ultimately be home to 120 high school juniors and seniors from across the state, all of whom will have a chance to earn up to 60 college credit hours over a two-year period.</p>