Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor: What are we the people going to do?

    The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States’ flag is made “to the republic for which it stands.”
    That flag represents a republic, not a democracy, not a dictatorship, and certainly not a world intrusive world empire which we have become. Progressive, Marxism (highly controlling) governments offer us nothing but hunger, torture, oppression, death and tyranny. The new world order, so highly praised by Obama, has made our nation of the sheep or as USSR Joe Stalin put it “useful idiots.”

  • Newspapers bring classrooms alive

    At newspapers and schools across the country this week, a special relationship is being celebrated.
    This week has been declared Newspaper In Education Week and is designed to highlight the long-time service local newspapers have offered schools.
    Under the NIE program, newspapers are delivered to local schools as an educational tool.

  • General Assembly wraps up regular session


  • 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.