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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t be lazy–Pick up your trash

    With the temperatures climbing into the 90s and humidity levels that could make anyone sweat, I think we can officially say that summer has arrived in the Bluegrass State. Summer is always a beautiful time to be outside with family, take long walks along country roads in the evening or even take a ride in the country with the windows down.

  • International House of Betrayal: How IHOb became the laughingstock of the dine-in world

    Nearly 60 years ago, The International House of Pancakes was started by Al and Jerry Lapin, opening their first restaurant in Toluca Lake, Calif., 11 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

    Since the iconic A-Frame building, which stopped being constructed in 1979, IHOP was always about breakfast. From the Rooty Tooty Fresh-n-Fruity to the stuffed French toast and stacks upon stacks of pancakes, IHOP has always been intended to give a good breakfast to those who want one at any time of day.

  • Is a matching 401k plan better than a company pension?

    Long gone are the days of companies offering monthly pensions to their retirees. While there are still some baby-boomers that have been grandfathered into these pension plans, most are left with only 401k plans.

  • Rand explains legislative process

    While much of the public’s interest in the General Assembly’s work is understandably focused on the first few months of the year, when new laws are adopted, most of the remaining weeks on the calendar play an important role as well in the legislative process.

  • Inside the newsroom: Why the Parks & Rec story did not run last week

    Fairness and accuracy. These are two of my top priorities as a journalist and as your editor of The News-Democrat.

    On Friday, May 11, Carroll County Fiscal Court called a special meeting to announce a partnership with Nucor Steel to complete the parks and recreation baseball complex at Robert Westrick Memorial Park. Staff writer Tim Hendrick, who covers Fiscal Court, attended the meeting and filed a story and photo just before the close of business Tuesday, May 15.

  • Monday salutes those who gave all

    On Monday, our nation will follow a tradition dating back more than 150 years as we pay tribute to those who gave their lives protecting our nation.

    There are more than 1.2 million names on that list, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • Caring people is what sets us apart

    Editor:

    An experience I had cutting fire wood on Sunday illustrates the truth of Kaleb Nab’s letter to the editor in the May 17th edition of The News-Democrat. For those who haven’t read Nab’s letter, the 2012 graduate of Carroll County High School explained why he moved back to Carroll County after earning his engineering degree from the University of Louisville.

    Carroll County may lack some of the amenities of larger cities, he suggested, but it has what’s really important: caring people.

  • Class of 1959 hosts reunion June 9, at Butler Lodge

    Editor:

    The Carrollton High School Class of 1959 is holding its annual reunion at General Butler State Park Lodge on Saturday, June 9, at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.  All classmates are encouraged to attend. Reservations are not necessary. We welcome all friends of the class as well.  Please bring any mementos that you wish to share.

    Gypsy Oak

    Carrollton