Today's Opinions

  • Readers take issue with textbook deficit


  • 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.

  • Drug-testing, ball-field plans too liberal

    I have been told the school board is still going forth with the idea of building a high-end, costly sports center that will only benefit a very small minority of students and a couple of coaches that seek job security for years to come.
    We the taxpayers will be paying through the nose for years to come [through] increasing taxes for the upkeep of such a liberal, off-the-wall idea during a recession, keeping in mind there is not that many jobs here or anywhere else for we the taxpayers!

  • Landfill procedures in place for safety, accuracy

    (Editor’s note: Normally, it is our policy not to publish consumer complaints about private businesses, as these are best solved by direct communication between the two parties. However, we felt this issue would be well-served on this page. We have allowed Republic to respond to Mr. Holcomb’s complaints in this issue. Please see below.)


  • Landfill procedures inconvenient for users

    I would like to voice my complaint with how our local landfill has chosen to operate.
    In the past, you could drive straight in and go down the hill to be weighed. But some time ago, they chose to make you drive the long way around on a road that is badly maintained. There are potholes you park a Volkswagen in.

  • 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.

  • TCMS students raising fire-safety awareness

    We are sixth-grade Esprit students at Trimble County Middle School and we are raising awareness for fire prevention and safety.
    Fire is the most preventable and common disaster in Trimble County. Most people who are injured or killed in fires either don’t have a smoke detector or don’t have working batteries.
    We are sending surveys home with all TCMS students to find out the need for working detectors.

  • Sports engages small percentage of students

    This letter is to comment on the editorial concerning the Trimble County School Board’s interest in building an athletic complex. An earlier editorial indicated that I seemed to be in opposition to the complex. That is not necessarily the case.