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Editor's Desk

  • Cell phone woes: From drowning one to losing another

    OK. It’s true. I’m not really all that enamored by cell phones.
    These “smart” phones have more features than I even know how to use, and personally, I don’t care to know. I just want to use them to make calls, store phone numbers and – yeah – play Ms. Pac Man.

  • Loss of KHS contract could lead counties to shining moment

    I had only been working at The News-Democrat about six months when news broke about the incomprehensible treatment of dogs at the previous Henry County shelter by then-shelter manager Ted Chisolm.
    I didn’t realize then that his actions had affected citizens in Trimble and Gallatin counties, who had contracted with the Henry facility to handle its stray and homeless animals.

  • Rhetoric may not be to blame for violence, but why risk it?

    The big news last week was, of course, the horrific shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, was holding an informal meeting with constituents in front of a supermarket.
    The past weekend was filled with sadness, as most of those killed were laid to rest. But, there was good news, that, despite being shot in the head, Giffords has survived and appears to be making a remarkable recovery, according to her doctors.

  • Like it? Don’t like it?

    I’m already on the record for being in favor of the Trimble County Board of Education’s plan to possibly build a new baseball/softball/tennis complex for high school athletes.
    Personally, I think it would be a boost to the entire community, and would have a positive impact on students at the high school and, eventually, in the lower grades.

  • Christmas presents seem to project interesting ‘theme’

    Well, it’s official. I have, apparently, reached middle age.
    It must be true, because two of my favorite Christmas gifts this year were a parafin-wax hand spa that my Dear Husband bought for me and a full-back/shoulder shiatsu chair-cushion massager that I bought for him. (Yes, some gifts I buy for him are for me, too.)
    Oh, and did I mention the massager also includes heat? Woot!

  • Volunteering is 
a great way to show community you care

    So, from mid-August to the end of November, it was like living in Southern California – sunny and unseasonably warm weather, with so little rain we had a severe drought.
    Now, just barely into December, we’ve had our first major snowstorm of the winter on Saturday and plunging temperatures with wind-chill factors taking them into single digits – and possibly below zero by the time this issue goes to press.
    It’s pretty amazing, I think.

  • Shooting of dog an unnecessary, heinous crime

    I  love animals. They hold a huge spot in my heart, and I’ve worked with a group in Carroll County for nearly eight years that tries to find new homes for strays and unwanted or neglected animals there.

    I have a soft heart that has resulted in the adoption of many stray animals during my adult life.

    Now that you know this about me, imagine how I felt when I first heard a dog had been shot to death in one of our neighborhoods in Trimble County.