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Today's Opinions

  • House calls for end to furloughs

    Over the course of the last week, the Kentucky House of Representatives honored fallen military members and their families in a solemn, moving ceremony in the House chamber. This tradition began in 2004 and the service has become one of the most significant experiences of the session.

  • Senators seek balanced budget amendment

    This week, the Senate passed legislation dealing with issues facing our federal budget deficit, the election recount process, and measures dealing with veterans and military service personnel.
    This week, United States Senator Rand Paul testified before a meeting I chaired of the State and Local Government Committee. Later in the day, he addressed the full Senate and spoke of how public officials need to take action to rein in out-of-control government spending.

  • Drug war is worth fighting

    I was talking to our good sheriff, Zemer Hammond, about this time a year ago, give or take a little either way. Zemer and a trooper was checking out an incident that happened just across the street from where I live. Our sheriff looked up at me and he said, “Hank, drugs are ruining this county.” I could not agree with him more, except for one little detail.

  • Bill aims at reducing crime in Kentucky

    This has been perhaps the busiest week of the 2011 session and many pieces of important legislation addressing education, Kentucky’s criminal justice system, and government have been passed out of the House of Representatives.
    One of the most highly publicized bills that cleared the House this week is the result of six months of work, research, and collaboration between legislators, judges, substance abuse counselors, hospitals, jailers, administration officials and others.

  • Getting the newspaper online is easy

    Several people have asked about last week’s front-page article on our move to a subscription-based website, effective Feb. 23.
    If you’re a subscriber to the News-Herald, don’t worry. You’ll have access to all news and other content at OwentonNewsHerald.com. Access to the website is free for all of our print subscribers.
    But you will have to take a few, quick steps to get registered, then you’ll be ready to use the website version of the newspaper.

  • ‘Kentucky’ doesn’t mean invincible

    The Kentucky Wildcats will lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Why? It is simple. The game will not be played in Rupp Arena.
    The joke goes that Willie Nelson got injured last week when he was playing “on the road again.” The same can be said about Kentucky only it would not be a joke. With my apologies to Willie, the Wildcats now have a new theme song. The lyrics go like this:
    “On the road again. I can’t wait to lose on the road again.”

  • Discover origins of fruits and vegetables

    We often associate certain foods with different countries. Spaghetti is Italian, tacos are Mexican, and what could be more American than apple pie?
    Did you know the very first apples ever eaten grew several thousand years ago in fertile land south of the Black Sea?
    The history and origins of different fruits and vegetables are as interesting and unique as their taste.

  • Winter gardening tips are available

    Upcoming meetings for farmers
    Winter Gardening — at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Owen County Public Library. Investigate ideas on how to extend your landscape season through the winter.
    Profit With Produce — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at at the Capstone Produce Market in Campbellsburg. Morning program will be on vegetable production practices and afternoon program focuses on food safety and marketing.