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Today's Opinions

  • Damon Thayer: Students deserve a chance

    This week, the regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly reached its halfway point, with the Senate passing legislation on education, healthcare, judicial matters and economic development.

  • Letter to the editor: Few statesmen remain in our country today

    Recently I overheard a local gentleman advise his friend not to allow his children to “go too far to the left or too far to the right, but instead keep them in the middle.”
    That, my friends, is what has happened in our country. Not willing to offend anyone we have become lukewarm middle of the road Christians.
    Christ has a few words to say about lukewarm Christianity. “So, then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)

  • Damon Thayer: No changes planned for teacher retirement

    The General Assembly reconvened on Feb. 5, to a full agenda of committee meetings, the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address and the passage of several important pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill 2, the public employee pension reform bill.

  • Postal Service had little choice on its decision

    With a multibillion dollar deficit, it appears there was little the U.S. Postal Service could do to thwart its plan to discontinue Saturday mail delivery.
    The Postal Service announced last week that beginning in August, mail would be delivered to homes and businesses only Monday through Friday, but would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices would remain open on Saturdays.
    The cutback is expected to save the agency $2 billion annually.

  • 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.

  • Letter to the editor: Satterwhite golf shamble needs public support

    We are proud to announce that we have set a date for our 14th annual Charlie Satterwhite Memorial Golf Shamble. This year’s tournament will take place on Saturday, April 6, at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley. Your participation over these past 11 years has been greatly appreciated. Your efforts have allowed us to raise over $110,000 for our two charitable organizations.

  • I’m just saying ... Legalizing hemp could be a boon to Owen farmers

    Americans are good at a lot of things but one trait that seems to run through most of our history is the ability to turn a bad situation to our advantage through innovation and a willingness to look outside the box.
    The weak economy and the deterioration of the tobacco market has opened the door for Kentucky farmers to once again start raising hemp as a lucrative cash crop.