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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: Don Martin is a great choice for interim Owen County superintendent

    I would like to commend the Owen County Board of Education in its choice for interim superintendent for Owen County Schools.

    In the course of my tenure at Grant County Schools, Mr. Don Martin was an exceptional superintendent for that school district.

  • Fair memories and a little common courtesy

    When I was a young boy, one of my most treasured possessions was my stuffed frog.

    I remember stalking around the Harrison County Fair – probably sometime around 1971 or 1972 – with my older sister, looking atone of those games where you toss a dart at a balloon and the tag behind it tells you what you won.

    It was always my favorite game at the county fair. Boys seem to have an innate love of things that go “POP.”

  • Good neighbors still come running

    I’ve always had a bit of a jaded attitude toward the world we live in.

    My parents, both part of the baby boom era, were older than the parents of the other kids in school. Both grew up on farms where work was something you did if you wanted to keep food on the table and clothes on your back.

    From the stories they’ve told all my life, neighbors were an integral part of day-to-day life. You shared what you had with your neighbor, though it may not be much, and you helped each other in whatever way you could.

  • Elk Creek Winery and the final frontier

    For those who say nothing ever happens in Owen County ... I almost knocked down William Shatner at Elk Creek Winery a few weeks ago.

    I was there to have lunch with Benjy Hamm, editorial director for Landmark Community Newspapers, the parent company of the News-Herald.

    We discussed business and, as always, had a great meal at the winery.

    After lunch, we walked around and visited the store.

  • Office will evolve and adopt latest technology

    Today we no longer express our feelings, thoughts, or do daily work at our place of employment on the written page.

    We now tend to communicate in new ways. We have been swallowed up by technology. We e-mail, copy on disc, text abbreviated messages, or talk on the cell phones. In these paperless times, writing letters, lists, or paper work is nearly a lost art.

    In some circumstances, however, things written down can be more effectively used. I found this to be especially true involving the delinquent tax list for 2009.

  • Georgia: On Her Mind

    It seems to me that bad fathers, from King Lear to Angela’s Ashes, get more coverage in literature than good ones. From a lifetime of reading, I finally pulled up Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird as an example of a great literary dad. Perhaps the villains outnumber the nice guys in fiction because they drive a plot more easily than steady men. Or perhaps it is true, as the Bible warns us, that the sins of the fathers are visited on the children even unto the third and fourth generation.

  • Barkley would serve community well on board

    You may have heard of Tona Barkley because she and her husband, John Harrod, are local musicians who perform throughout the region. Another reason you may know her is because she is on the ballot to serve as a director of Owen Electric Cooperative.

    We have known Tona for over 30 years. She is an intelligent, hardworking and honest person. She retired from KET in Lexington and has the time, energy and interest to serve the members of our electric co-op and help Owen Electric as it moves into the future.

  • Ann Bond has earned place on board

    I am writing this letter in support of Ann Bond to the Owen Electric Board of Directors.

    I have known Ann all of my life. She is a life-long resident of Owen County. Ann is just an all around good person and has served Owen County well over the years. She welcomes your questions and concerns regarding Owen Electric.

    I am asking members in her district to come out and support her on June 25 at the annual meeting. It is held at Grant County High School in Dry Ridge. The voting is held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and you are allowed one vote per household.