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Guest Editorials

  • Ryan Quarles: New budget includes teacher, state pay hikes

    This past Monday, I was proud to vote for a responsible biennial budget which includes higher funding for Owen County schools and pay increases for our hard working state employees as well as our teachers.  
    As the 2014 General Assembly winds down, the budget process yielded a two year plan that raises the K-12 education SEEK base from $3,827 to $3,981 by 2016.  The budget also provides funds to increase internet bandwidth and school safety.

  • Guest columnist: Owen schools need snow days relief

    By RYAN QUARLES
    Owen County’s State Representative

  • Clerk’s Corner: Primary day on horizon

    It’s of no surprise to anyone who has spent time in and around the county clerk’s office that the clerk and staff have been busy. We are preparing for both the primary election May 20 and for the delinquent real estate tax bills to be turned over to the clerk from the sheriff on April 15.
    On May 20, voters will go to the polls to vote on candidates for United States senator fourth congressional district, circuit clerk judge 15th judicial circuit, county judge-executive, county clerk, sheriff and magistrates for Owen County.

  • Guest columnist Julian Carroll: March was a reminder of our history

    Many lawmakers and myself joined thousands of Kentuckians gathered along Capitol Avenue Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,’s March on Frankfort.  Dr. King led 10,000 others in a march up to the front door of our Capitol on March 5, 1964 in support of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and I was there too.  

  • Other Voices: What to do when the holidays are not happy

    The holiday season is rapidly approaching.  For some, this time of year is not met with happy anticipation. Some families are faced with the realization that a loved one is no longer present to enjoy the celebrations. Grief does not go away just because the holidays arrive and, in fact, the feelings may intensify.
    Here are some ideas to make this holiday special:
    Share a story – spend time talking about your loved one. Recall the ways they used to celebrate the holidays.  

  • Guest columnist: Addiction nearly cost me everything

    My addiction had finally hit rock bottom. I have been struggling with drug addiction since I was in high school. I was living both sides of the fence. It was like I was wearing a lampshade of who I really was. Many family members and friends were not aware of what I was doing.
    By the grace of God, we all escaped with minor injuries. Every time I see this picture I want to bawl my eyes out. I definitely count my blessings now.  

  • Lawmakers work to help and remember our military men and women

    “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

    President George Washington

    Memorial Day is upon us, a time when we gather to remember those who have fought and in some cases died for our country, and to celebrate their service and sacrifice that makes the United States a beacon of hope and freedom for the rest of the world.

  • Senate moves for more transparency for districts

    With only a few days remaining in the 2013 Session, the Senate is working overtime to ensure that action will be taken on the most important issues for moving Kentucky forward, addressing job creation and economic development, special taxing districts, education, drug abuse, and religious freedom.

  • County Clerk Corner: I’m losing sleep over districting

    What do you think about when you find yourself unable to sleep and looking up at the ceiling in the middle of the night?
    I sometimes think that during this time, I do my best thinking on issues.
    Since the beginning of the year, I have been thinking about changes that are going to have an impact on the Owen County Clerk’s office in 2013 and 2014.
    Questions such as:
    • Will the redistricting be done in 2013 or 2014?
    • Will we be able to get all the maps and description changes done and approved on time?

  • Guest Columnist Damon Thayer: Pension reform protects present and future

    Tuesday, the Senate went back in to session for the second part of the 2013 General Assembly session.