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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: Remember Sunday sales vote in November

    On Aug. 12, it was amazing to see so many Owen countians who filled the old courthouse - folks standing everywhere hoping their voices would be heard.
    All but two of the speakers stated strong cases against expanded alcohol sales but it fell on deaf ears.
    I would like to thank Magistrate Asa Phillips for standing and voting with the concerned voters of Owen County against Sunday sales.
    Also a hearty thanks to (Owen County Judge-Executive) Carolyn Keith who allowed so many people to voice their fears and she also cast a ‘no’ vote for the record.

  • Letter to the editor: Preachers should speak up despite federal laws

    What are we to do? Our homeland is filled with violence. Alcohol and drugs are the frontal attack to weaken us before the full-scale assault. The hearts of many of our leaders have been turned to stone. Their hearing is dull.
    For Christians, the future is still bright. Our God, Jesus Christ, is alive and still in control. Just as in the frontier times, the bear is at the cabin door seeking to devour us.
    But as Pharaoh said about Moses “his God is God.”  That is still true today. Our God is God.

  • Letter to the editor: Churches stepping up to help the hungry

    Meeting the Needs Ministry would like to thank all churches and individuals who have donated to Meeting the Needs Ministry Building Fund. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated.
    For many in our community, hunger is a daily challenge. There are children, families, and seniors who struggle to have enough food each day and your contributions to Meeting the Needs Ministry makes it possible to feed the hungry in Owen County. Thank You!

    Sullivan Runion
    Meeting the Needs

  • Heroin bill would have addressed state’s epidemic

    Sometimes doing nothing is the worst plan of all.  When it comes to the scourge of heroin in our community, the Kentucky House of Representatives chose to do nothing this past session to combat the deadliest drug epidemic to hit the district in years.  
    With several overdoses in the past few weeks in both Owen and Scott counties, I am disgusted with how House Leadership left Senate Bill 5, the Heroin Bill, out to dry in the final moments of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Session.

  • Letter to the editor: Turn to faith in troubled times

    I was unable to attend the county meeting on July 22 as I was in Washington, D.C. to meet with our representatives on behalf of Christians United For Israel. We need to pray for the peace in the Middle East. Especially pray for the peace of Jerusalem. It is the word.
    I would have asked to speak at the meeting, but I will write my words from I Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because the Devil, as a roaring lion, walk about, seeking whom he may devour.” I pray he may not.
    I hope to see everyone out on Aug. 12.

  • Letter to the editor: Fiscal court’s decision may have far-reaching impact

    The Owen County Fiscal Court will soon decide whether or not to adopt an ordinance permitting Elk Creek Winery to sell alcohol on Sundays.
    It is my understanding that this decision is the responsibility of the four Owen County magistrates with a vote cast by the judge-executive in case of a tie.

  • Guest columnist - Owen County Magistrate Troy Bramblett: Sunday sales decision could boost economy

  • All I’m saying is ... One moment defines a special, loving bond

    I took a picture Saturday that you will never see.
    It was a great picture, maybe one of the best I’ve taken in a long time.
    It was from the Battle of the Bluegrass softball tournament and featured a young girl and her coach.
    In the middle of an at-bat, the coach wrapped her arms around the girl and helped her with her batting stance. With great patience, she showed the girl how to hold her arms in the correct position and reminded her to keep her shoulders up.