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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: Second-hand smoke is still a problem

    Some people claim that smoke-free laws are government’s infringement on private-property rights. Business owners may privately own their business, but by inviting the public in, they are required by the government to ensure safe food and clean water. Similarly, government has the responsibility to regulate the indoor air we breathe, free of secondhand smoke pollution.

  • Letter to the editor: State senator seeks ideas from residents

    Under the new redistricting plan, Owen County is now part of the seventh senatorial district that also includes Franklin, Anderson, Woodford and Gallatin counties.
    I look forward to serving as your senator and, to better do that, it is important that I hear from you about the community’s needs. Your ideas and advice will be important in guiding my work in Frankfort.
    Throughout my tenure in the Kentucky General Assembly, I have had a strong record of working for significant progress in such areas as roads, education, economic development and infrastructure.

  • Letter to the editor: Support of revival and ministry appreciated

    On behalf of the volunteer ministry team which was formed a few months ago to plan and implement the Dayspring/Revival at the Owen County High School Auditorium, please let me say thank you to everyone who participated and give God the praise and glory for the great outpouring of his spirit.

  • Letter to the editor: Ellis announces candidacy for judge-executive

    Local government has more impact on our daily lives than any state or federal government. We look to local government for police and fire protection, ambulance service, schools, water and sanitary services, road repairs, parks and recreation programs and much more.

  • 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.  

  • Letter to the editor: Shoe boxes bring Christmas love to needy children

    Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, uses simple gift-filled shoe boxes to let children all over the world know that they are loved and not forgotten.
    Samaritan’s Purse started Operation Christmas Child in 1993, collecting just 23,000 shoe boxes. To date, we’ve collected over 100 million shoe boxes that have been delivered to needy children in more than 130 countries. That represents less than 5 percent of the children currently in the world, which is where you come in.

  • Letter to the editor: Addict wants to give back to community

    I moved to Owen County in 1995 at the age of 14. I played football, ran track, dabbled in basketball, and was the first male cheerleader for Owen County High School. I consider Owen County to be my hometown, although I haven’t lived here my whole life.

  • Lettter to the editor: Senior center continues to touch lives in new location

    I’ve really appreciated the activities and meals at the senior center service. I lost my job over a year ago, I was depressed and lonely. At the center, I’ve met new friends, my husband and I have enjoyed several day trips with them.
    I know a lot of seniors would come if they had transportation. Churches out in the county should consider bringing a van load to the center once a week.
    Thursday is our birthday/Halloween bash with pizza provided by Snappy Tomato. After lunch, we’ll play Bunco, which was a new game to all of us.