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Today's Opinions

  • Spread the word: Prescription drug abuse is a risky high

    There are people out in the community who are angry at this newspaper, and I think it’s time to clear the air.

    Over the past few months, we have reported on the deaths of three young men, whose autopsies connected their tragic, untimely and unexpected deaths directly to the abuse of prescription drugs apparently obtained illegally.

    As editor, I take full responsibility for making sure these stories were covered and published. And I will make sure that we will continue to do so if, God forbid, this happens again.

  • Panther Boosters chili supper a huge success

    Editor:

    The Carroll County High School Panther basketball team hosted its second annual chili supper and silent auction Feb. 14, prior to the homecoming games against Williamstown and Oldham County. The participation by the community and parents of both the girls and boys basketball teams was terrific; both events were a huge success.

  • Beneficiary thanked donors, volunteers

    (Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to The News-Democrat by Amy Owen of Carrollton. The letter was written by Dawn Austin, before she died of cancer earlier this month. We are printing it at Ms. Owen’s request.)

    Editor:

  • Grateful to doctor, ER for diagnosis, care

    Editor:

    This is a letter that I have written before, but lost when we lost our electric. It is long overdue.

    I was not a person who went to doctors. I did see Dr. Hussein two years ago. He fixed what was wrong and I didn’t go back. I see him on a regular schedule now.

  • Grandparents vent frustration over handling of freshman team

    Editor:

    This letter is to address the situation that arose over the past few weeks concerning the Carroll County High School freshman basketball team.

    This class, though maybe not as talented as others, was a very hard-working and dedicated group of young men. Their season was not stellar, but, unlike their coach, they did not give up – no matter the score or circumstances.

  • KET volunteer promotes upcoming TeleFund ‘09

    Editor:

    I have been a volunteer at KET, Kentucky’s statewide public television system, for three years. I volunteer my time there because for years my family and I have enjoyed the diverse, wonderful programming and services KET provides, and I want to take part in passing those things on to others in my community.

  • Stricter oversight needed for insurance providers

    Editor:

    I know most insurance companies are reliable and that sometimes a reasonable increase in insurance premiums is justified. I don’t like when it happens, but I understand that it can happen.

    Even the most reasonable person would agree, however, that three increases over a six-year period, cumulatively totaling more than a 100 percent hike in premiums, would be unjustified, harmful and unconscionable.

  • Unstable economy fails to stimulate relationships

    Some say stress and arguments about finances could be the cause of most divorces in the United States.

    But what about those of us who are not presently being held in the institution that is marriage? Sure, it’s great that we have no one spending our hard earned cash frivolously; but can the current economy be at least somewhat responsible for keeping us single?