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Today's Opinions

  • Web site offering new features; N-D increases its online presence

    First, I just want to say that I am extremely optimistic for our country’s future. Whether you voted for Barak Obama or not, I hope we will finally all start working together, despite party alignments, and get the United States back on track.

    The world is watching us; our friends, allies and even some of less-than-friendly countries have indicated they will support the new administration.

    I hope that we all do, too.

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  • Holiday food drive successful, but need continues

    Editor:

    I would like to express my appreciation to the people of Carroll County who participated in the Christmas food basket distribution this year.

    Whether they donated canned goods to the “Scouting For Food,” gave money or gift cards so we could buy perishable items, sorted and shelved donated items, or packed and distributed food baskets – it was a tremendous effort by this community to feed our hungry neighbors.

  • Ready to dance my way to gladiator glutes and great abs in the new year

    By LORRIE KINKADE

    Here we are more than a week into 2009 and things aren’t looking well on the resolution front.

    As the clock wound down on 2008, I quietly resolved to make two changes to my life in the new year - I would stop smoking and lose 30 pounds.

  • Thanks to NAS and others for contributions

    Editor: The staff of the Carrollton Adult Training Center would like to thank North American Stainless, Melanie Stewart and Leigh Ann Roberts for making Christmas brighter for our clients. We are very thankful for their generous contribution.

    Joe Burdsall, Dee Ellis

    and Sandy Elliott

    NorthKey Community Care Center, Carrollton

  • Letters to the Editor

    Folding senior center thanks supporters Editor:

    We of the Senior Citizens of Carroll County Inc. wish to thank everyone in Carroll County who has made the past eight years such a great time at our center. Without your support, it would not have been possible.

    Although we closed the center on Jan. 1, it has been a pleasure to serve the senior citizens of Carroll County these eight years.

  • Buy locally: It’s the best way to support Carroll Co. businesses

    By RUTH BAXTER

    Special to The News-Democat

    You only have to turn on the television or pick up a newspaper to learn that another retail business has closed its doors. Circuit City, The Sharper Image, Mrs. Fields and Linens ’N Things are just a few of more than 73 well-known retailers that filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Analysts predict another 170,000 retail stores will close their doors in 2009.

    Can retail businesses “weather the storm” of this economy until relief is available and the consumer no longer fears spending money?

  • Hoping for a great 2009, despite gloom of U.S. economy

    Every year, I’m amazed at how fast time passes once you become an adult. I remember being a young teen-ager, wishing I was 16 so I could drive, or telling Dad that I couldn’t wait until I’d graduate from high school.

    “Don’t wish your life away,” Dad would say, and I’d just roll my eyes, as any good teen-ager will do.

  • Columnist adds to the soundtrack of her life with favorites from 2008

    There is a quote by Erasmus that reads “When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.”