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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: Owen countains already drink but who will benefit?

    On July 26, make your decision based on facts, not opinion.
    Over the last several months, I have heard that if Owen County becomes wet we will have more drunken drivers on the road and DUIs will increase; however, this has not been the case in other Kentucky counties.
    For example:
    • Danville — dry to wet DUI rate dropped by 33 percent
    • Pike County — dry to wet DUI rate dropped by 40 percent
    • Hopkins County — dry to wet DUI rate dropped by 48 percent

  • Letter to the editor: What is the true cost of going wet?

    From a financial perspective, Owen countians are committed to coughing up approximately $25,000 for the upcoming special election on July 26.
     If the county votes to go “wet,” we may need to hire an alcohol administrator — another salaried employee with benefits. This position could be handled by the county judge-executive, but it is very time-consuming and other counties have found that they eventually had to hire another person.

  • Time to thank your friends, neighbors for the hard work

    There are dozens of volunteers working in the hot sun to put Owen County in the best light possible.
    These aren’t paid employees. Most of them are small business owners or just concerned private citizens who want to see Owen County grow and prosper.
    The first-ever Owen County Fan Fair opens today and will continue through Sunday.
    The event is designed to give Owen County a moment in the spotlight as people travel to the big Sprint Cup race in Sparta this weekend.

  • Time for another piece of paradise

    It’s almost fair time again in Owen County, which likely means the coming week will bring back many fond memories for me.
    Throughout my entire life, my dad has owned and operated his own business. While most people are beginning to wind down from a day of work at 5 p.m., sometimes it seemed like dad would just be gearing up for work. During the summer months it was come home, gobble down supper and head straight to the tobacco field or garden.

  • Letter to the editor: Weak people don’t need additional temptation

    I am writing this letter in response to a previous letter in the June 22 News-Herald.
    While I realize that the people, not alcohol, cause problems, I feel that when you mix alcohol and human weakness, it creates a multitude of problems.
    I came from a family of five children with an alcoholic father. As a result of this, each of the five children was raised by different families.
    While people make the choice, the choice is easier to make when you don’t have a beer joint or package liquor store down the street.

  • Letter to the editor: Going wet - is it worth it?

    The title of the letter to the editor published in last week’s paper was “Adults, not alcohol, are responsible for actions.” Very true, that is, if you are limiting the discussion to revolve around adults only. In that same edition of the newspaper, there were nine charges listed in the District Court news that involved “operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” One of those nine charges was against an underage person.

  • Company’s coming ... hide the deer

    A few weeks ago, I had a conservation with David Morgan and Holly Bowling about the upcoming Fan Fair and some other projects they are undertaking to promote Owen County.
    The Visioneers group, to which they belong, has worked tirelessly to organize this event and it should be pretty amazing.
    One issue that we discussed is the need to clean up some parts of the county that visitors will see on their way to the Sprint Cup race in Sparta or to our own Fan Fair.

  • Letter to the editor: Family history forever linked to Owen County

    I’m a granddaughter of Grace Natalie Spiers Newton. A few years ago in the Calistoga, Napa County, Calif., museum, I found an area dedicated to the Spiers of Kentucky. This perked my interest in my grandmother Grace, who passed away when I was 2. My search took us from Placerville, El Dorado County in California to Monterey.
    I had a book written by Mrs. Margaret Murphy so I called someone with the Owen County History Museum who graciously put me in contact with Margaret, who turned out to be my fourth cousin.