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Opinion

  • To the editor,

    The Milton Elementary School PTO would like to thank everyone who took part in making our “Homecoming” Fish Fry on Oct. 18 a success. We truly appreciate all those who volunteered their time and financial support. A big thank you to all the individuals and businesses in Trimble County and the surrounding communities who donated money and items for the annual auction.

  • Editor:

    I’m sure it’s no surprise to any of you that these are troubled times – global financial upheaval, a stagnant national economy, job losses and general unrest.  

    With this combination of issues, it’s easy to understand the predicament some organizations such as our local food bank/pantry can face. Demand for food from the pantry has risen, just as everyone in the community is finding it more expensive to keep their own pantry shelves stocked.

  • The liquid asphalt storage facility on the drawing board for development just south of Prestonville could very well be the “poster child” for why we need planning and zoning in Carroll County.

    Yes, we said that nasty word: Zoning. We know – there are those property owners who don’t want anyone saying what they can or can’t do with their property, what they can build on it, or where and how to build it.

  • OK. You don’t need me to tell you that the Nov. 4 elections are vastly important this time around.

    Our country is in a scary place right now, with banks folding left and right, and Congress in the midst of hammering out a plan to stabilize Wall Street as it bleeds out in front of our eyes.

    So, I’m going to take this time to provide some good information for those of you (and I hope that’s all of you) preparing to vote.

  • Editor:

    The Fall Brawl Demolition Derby at the Carroll County Fairgrounds has again come and gone.

    We would like to say thank you to the greatly dedicated fans, Westside Fire Department, Bobby Couch and Wayne Knight for Bobcats, Clay Baker and his guys for help with cars, parts. All the people officiating and judging and anyone else we missed.

    Larry, Barbara, Jason, Renee and Ronnie Coghill

    Carroll County

  • Editor:

    The Carroll County Tobacco Festival committee wants to say thank-you for a great year.

    We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Artic Cat andPaul’s Tire, as well as the businesses, private donors and others in the Carroll County community

    for their continued support. Without each and every one of you, this event would not be possible.

    Daisy Hughes and the Carroll County

    Tobacco Festival committee

    Carroll County

  • Editor:

    It is not for me to presume to tell anyone how they should vote. But I have made up my mind, and will take this opportunity to express my personal thoughts.

    In the U.S. Senate race, I note that Bruce Lunsford has three times visited Carrollton and met a lot of people here. In the 24 years that Mitch McConnell has been in the Senate, I never recall him visiting our county.

  • Editor:

    We have a concern about the City of Carrollton’s code enforcement ordinance. A few days ago Mr. Zook, from the city office came to our house saying that we had some tires in the back of our garage that needed to be picked up.

  • Editor:

    Why? This article is my response to this week’s story about Tommy “Shooney” Jones Jr. that was printed in The News-Democrat. [Oct. 15, 2008, Page 1.]

    It breaks my heart how so many times in a small town people love to print all of the dirty laundry and negative things about people before they have all the facts.

  • Editor:

    With millions of dollars being spent on negativity, come spend your money where it really makes a difference.

    This Saturday, Oct. 25, is National Make a Difference Day. Millions of people all over the United States will be making a real difference in the lives of others.

    The Friends For Michael Inc., a spinal cord injury organization, will be at the site of the new Henry County Recreation and Services park on U.S. Hwy 421, just north of New Castle, Ky., 1125 Campbellsburg Road, rain or shine.

  • Editor:

    I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that different events that are promoted in town were to bring in people: the Blues Festival, car shows, the Scottish Weekend and Demolition Derbies.

    When people attend these, they spend money for lodging, gas, food, etc. You get the trickle-down effect, which then helps tourism. Isn’t that the main goal? I think we’re a town not a city, such as Louisville. Some enjoy culture, others derby cars.

  • Every now and then in my career, I’ve had opportunities to do some amazing things.

    Topping the list, by far, was the invitation to travel to Arizona and the Grand Canyon with the group of volunteers who attempted to take Sarah Service to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

    From the first time Chris White had told me about the trips, a few weeks before they planned to leave, I daydreamed about going. I knew it would be an awesome experience.

    So, I was thrilled when Amy Hewitt called and said she chose me to be the one person she could take along.

  • Editor:

    In the Oct. 15, 2008, edition of The News-Democrat, there was an article entitled “Drugs suspected in death of 26-year-old,” by Sharon Graves.  

    As a friend and former co-worker of Tommy Jones Jr., about whom this article was written, I was compelled to state my sincere disapproval of its content. This piece of journalism came out a few days after the shocking death and funeral of a very young man who will be dearly missed by many friends and family members.  

  • Editor:

    As I sat on a bleacher Oct. 11 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds around the demolition derby ring, I gazed out at the humongous crowd attending the 2008 Fall Brawl.

    I’ve attended several of these events in the past, but on Saturday we had enthusiasts from Southern Kentucky, Northern Ohio, Indiana and other surrounding states and surrounding counties. The comments made by these visitors were very complimentary to our promoters, the Fair Board, the county and the participants of the derby.

  • Editor:

    I would like to thank all of the vendors who participate in the Carroll County Farmers’ Market each week.

    I am a Carrollton native, but do not currently live in the area. However, when I am visiting family, I thoroughly enjoy going to the market to buy fresh vegetables from local vendors. The produce is of lower cost and higher quality than that which is found in the grocery stores, and I really admire the hard work each vendor has put into his or her specialties.  

  • I have just been on the most exciting adventure of my life. I went to the Grand Canyon. The goal was to get someone who was unable to walk to the bottom of the canyon.

    My daughter fit that description, and that’s how I came to be included.

    I had been told about the TrailRider before the trip, designed for a handicapped person to be able to ride down a trail that was otherwise inaccessible.

  • Editor:

    Why is it, when the electric was out long enough to ruin food in everyone’s refrigerator, that only welfare recipients get their food replaced?

    What about the families who live week to week that have children to feed? What about the senior citizens who buy their groceries once a month? The food is spoiled, and now they have no way to replace it until next month.

    I know of one welfare mother that gets $800 a month in food stamps, yes I said $800 a month, and is getting another $800 to replace the food she lost.

  • Editor:

    I want to thank Kenneth Kemble, Jacob Kemble, Tonya Edens, Mabel Parrish and Wesley Richmond for donating their time helping me at the Seventh Annual Repair Affair.

    Without their help it would have been impossible to feed the 130-plus volunteers who spent Saturday building and repairing homes for the elderly and disabled in Trimble County.

    It was another great year for us.

    Hilda Parrish

    Bedford, Ky.

  • Editor:

    A big thank you to LG&E and their employees for the beautiful job they did last week. God bless all. My granddaughter, Angie Gosman, is one of the LG&E staff.

  • Editor:

    Carroll County Youth Services would like to say “thank you” to everyone who volunteered to make Safe Night possible and successful.

    There were 150 Carroll County Middle School students who participated in a variety of activities to promote a safe and drug-free evening.