Our community is blessed. We have a successful public school system with incredible students in grades K-12 and a team of professional teachers and administrators who strive daily to provide an excellent education to benefit this community for generations to come.
A vital component of the progress of our district — and thus our community — is the leadership provided by the members who make up the Owen County Board of Education.
The first week of the 2017 legislative session was one for the record books. In just five days, the new Republican majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives went to work hearing bills in committee and bringing votes to the House floor. Working alongside the Republican-led Senate, state lawmakers passed transformative legislation, and that will move the Commonwealth of Kentucky forward for future generations.
On Nov. 8, voters in Kentucky will elect General Assembly members. This is important because these state legislators will once again consider the local option sales tax. This constitutional amendment would allow local governments to add a new local 1 percent sales tax in addition to the 6 percent state sales tax already paid on taxable goods. If this happens, it will hurt consumers, businesses, and Kentucky’s economy.
I would like to apologize to all veterans, with their families, who did not have a banner of honor at the courthouse on Sweet Owen Day. ALL who serve and served are deserving of this kind of recognition. Unfortunately, there are costs associated with the making and the hanging of those banners. The Owen County Historical Society cannot purchase a banner for every veteran.
My heart is indeed heavy over the recent decision to ask the voters of Owen County to choose to sell alcohol, which would permit four more locations to sell packaged alcohol.
For those who signed the petition, it will cost Owen County taxpayers $12,000 to $15,000 to have the local option election on Sept. 20.
John Eckhardt wrote in his book, “Spiritual Warfare,” “Do not be guiled by the pleasures of alcohol and by the pervasiveness of those who promote it.”
Tuesday, Sept. 20, vote no on the alcohol initiative, because it says yes to the following benefits of being a dry county.
It saves our city and county law enforcement and an increase in workload and problems that will increase due to greater accessibility to alcohol.
It saves many business owners an internal battle of feeling forced to sell alcohol to keep up with their competitors.
The Republican Convention tried to convince you that Donald Trump is a good man, the Democratic Convention that he is a bad man. They are both beside the point. It makes sense to vote for Donald Trump, even if you believe most of what the Democratic Convention said about him is true, because Donald Trump is less of a threat to the United States and the world than Hillary Clinton.
I want to take a moment and share my thoughts on how Owen County Government has changed in the past decade and the bright future that I believe Owen County is facing under the leadership of our county Judge Executive Casey Ellis and the reorganization that is continually underway.