Today's Opinions

  • Reaching for the stars and ending in a puddle

    Annelise wants to be a spaceman, she told me, so that she and I can fly to the moon.

    “What will we do when we get there?” I asked, not telling her that the astronauts had found the moon to be a cold, dark place.  I sank deeper into my easy chair, though, in case she had any ill-timed illusions of leaving the earth’s atmosphere that afternoon. My bones have been achy lately, and I wasn’t sure I was up to spur of the moment space travel.

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    At the beginning of time — so the stories went — my people decided to leave the faraway land of Virginia, and made a great pilgrimage across the mountains, and through the gap, seeking our “Promised Land.” It was the singular most extraordinary event in our history. Our people became legends, our stories myths, our places hallowed.

    With these words, columnist and Kentucky author Georgia Green Stamper, who will be the special guest of the historical society Thursday evening, describes her forefathers’ journey from Virginia to Owen County, Kentucky.

  • Letter to the editor: Volunteers made fair memorable

    Once again, the city of Monterey became a small river town brought alive by the past and present people of Owen County for the homecoming fair. The week before the fair, the town was full of volunteers, painting, mowing and trimming weeds. They really cleaned the city up beautifully.

    Amanda Hammonds and Emma Thornton did a great job on the parade this year.

  • Guest editoral: Who deserves our compassion?

    Recently, we learned that another young person in our nation took his own life after he had been ridiculed, shamed and publicly humiliated because he was gay. He was 18 years old, a college freshman and an accomplished violinist. Within the last three weeks, we learned that at least five young people in our nation, who were either gay or labeled as gay, committed suicide because they were treated so despicably by others. Two of them were 13 years old. Are you as heartsick to hear this as I am?

  • See the need in Owen County

    Over the past few months, our community has been a beehive of conversation around the goings and comings of several school administrators, including our superintendent, high school principal, athletic director, board members, some coaches and other employees some community residents would prefer no longer worked for the school system.

  • Letter to the Editor: Help make Christmas brighter for a needy child

    There is nothing more rewarding than to see the eyes of a small child light up on Christmas morning after seeing the presents left by Santa.

    Unfortunately, there are many children in our area that will not be able to share that experience.

  • Letter to the Editor: Proud to be an Owen County alum

    Last Friday, I attended the homecoming festivities of Owen County High School. Having graduated in 1967, it was good to go back and see some ‘old’ friends, particularly Larry Dale Perry and Irene Cook Perkins.

    I watched with immense pride the crowning of my great niece as 2010 homecoming queen. Owen County is probably one of the few remaining counties where a young girl who shows big bulls for a hobby can still earn the title of homecoming queen.

  • A helping hand to a banker brother in Dubia

    Greetings From Dubai,

    This message might meet you in (utmost surprise), however, it’s just my urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction. I am a banker by profession from United Arab Emirates and currently holding the post of director auditing and accounting unit of the bank.