http://www.mycarrollnews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Learn your ABC’s: News-Democrat to feature more locals http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/learn-your-abc%E2%80%99s-news-democrat-feature-more-locals <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/beck_for_discover_color_3.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Sometimes, too many choices can be a bad thing. It&rsquo;s like when you go into a new restaurant and become overwhelmed by the multi-page menu of items. Or when you were a child and your parents took you to Blockbuster and said you could pick anything you wanted for movie night. &nbsp;</p> <p> Since being at The News-Democrat, I have had a similar but also very different problem with having too many choices.</p> Rand recalls Wendell Ford’s many accomplishments as governor http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/rand-recalls-wendell-ford%E2%80%99s-many-accomplishments-governor <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oprandrick_new2010_59.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Late last week, Kentucky lost one of its true statesmen with the passing of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford.</p> <p> Since then, there have been numerous accolades about his many accomplishments in Washington, D.C. &ndash; from helping to write and pass the Family and Medical Leave Act to promoting Kentucky&rsquo;s signature coal and tobacco industries &ndash; but it is worth noting that several actions taken during his time as governor continue to benefit Kentuckians today.</p> Champions celebrates National Drug Facts Week from Jan. 25-31 http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/champions-celebrates-national-drug-facts-week-jan-25-31 <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/franklin_hayley_14.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> At Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, we like to celebrate. We celebrate living a drug-free life, and we celebrate when those who need treatment and direction are able to reach out. We also like to celebrate when education and prevention reach lives of young individuals that need it most.</p> <p> Jan. 25-31, we will be celebrating &ldquo;National Drug Facts Week.&rdquo; This is a week of education and prevention within Carroll County Schools and is celebrated nationwide and annually.</p> Legislators could pass law allowing local-option sales tax to fund projects http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/legislators-could-pass-law-allowing-local-option-sales-tax-fund-projects <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oprandrick_new2010_58.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> There may only be 30 working days in this year&rsquo;s legislative session, but it already seems like there are about twice as many major issues needing to be addressed before the General Assembly wraps up its work in late March.</p> <p> Because the state operates under a two-year budget, and our constitution, therefore, requires larger majorities in the House and Senate to &ldquo;open it up&rdquo; in odd-numbered years, few of the bills filed have a significant financial impact.</p> <p> Even so, that does not lessen the importance of those that may become law.</p> Rand re-appointed House Appropriations chair http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/rand-re-appointed-house-appropriations-chair <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oprandrick_new2010_57.jpg" alt="Rick Rand" title="Rick Rand" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Although legislative sessions in odd-numbered years are relatively new in Kentucky - the first was held in 2001 - the General Assembly has long met during the first full week of January in these years to elect House and Senate leaders and update committee assignments.</span></p> <p> While the top four leaders in both chambers remained the same last week, there were some changes in the other leadership positions; in fact, nine of the 16 House and Senate leaders are new.</p> Senate passes four bills, including heroin legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Hornback http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/senate-passes-four-bills-including-heroin-legislation-co-sponsored-sen-hornback <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hornback_paul_color_9.jpg" alt="Paul Hornback" title="Paul Hornback" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">&ldquo;Creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families&rdquo; - this is how our caucus defined the overall goals of the Senate this session, and I&rsquo;m proud to report that four of our priority bills to accomplish those objectives passed the Senate in our first week and are now on the way to the House.</span></p> Input vs. Output Is it really that simple? http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/input-vs-output-it-really-simple <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/watts_bj_2.jpg" alt="Benjamin Watts" title="Benjamin Watts" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">How do I lose weight? How do I gain weight? Why am I not losing weight when I&rsquo;m eating less?</span></p> <p> Have you asked these questions before? You are not alone. Everyone seeks the answer. It is not in a magic pill, or special diet, or some fad on an infomercial.</p> Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/rural-mail-will-suffer-more-mail-plant-closures <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edgecombe_editorial.jpg" alt="John Edgecombe Jr." title="John Edgecombe Jr." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">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.</span></p> <p> It is time for lawmakers to consider how rural and small town mail is suffering.</p>