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Today's Opinions

  • Santa letters contain a lesson

    My first Christmas season here at The News-Herald brought with it a lot of responsibility. I found out that it would be my duty to type hundreds of letters from Owen County children, each addressed to the big guy at the North Pole – Santa Claus.

  • Historical Society News

    The fine, elegant hands glided effortlessly across the piano keys as music filled the church and embedded itself in my soul. The straight back of Margaret Alice Murphy never once lost its composure as I watched in amazement this almost 91-year-old Owen County historian and genealogist play straight through 17 songs, several of which were difficult to perform.

  • Christmas is all about community

    The Christmas season formally got under way this week in Owenton.

    The annual Christmas parade was held Sunday and Santa Claus made several appearances across the community. It must be tough to pull himself away from the North Pole at this time of year, but that’s the kind of guy he is – anything for the kids.

    But times are tough in the commonwealth these days and we should all think about how we can help each other.

  • Who is the greatest?

    Muhammad Ali once boasted, “I am the greatest.”

    Was he really? What makes someone the greatest?

    Over the years, sports fans have had the chance to debate who is the greatest at a particular sport? For example, who is better Michael Jordan or Oscar Robertson? Who was the better baseball player, Pete Rose or Ty Cobb? Jack Nickalus or Tiger Woods?

    Each comparison might spark a passionate debate among friends.

  • Try this recipe for world peace

    I haven’t set out to win the Nobel Peace Prize, mind you. (Although if it’s thrust upon me, I will follow President Obama’s example and accept the honor with humility.) But it’s come to my attention that Kraft Foods has ignited a brouhaha by discontinuing production of its processed garlic cheese roll, the key ingredient in the classic recipe for cheese grits casserole otherwise known as “World Peace Grits.” Thus, I throw myself into the breach to do whatever I can. 

  • Remember and honor those who fought for a cure this holiday

    Celebrate.

    Remember.

    Fight back.

    This is the motto of Relay for Life and has become my motto in the past several years.

    At this time of year, I find myself still concerned about “the fight.”

    I think this happens because of “remembering” my grandparents – Raymond and Kathleen Duncan. I miss them terribly around the holidays and I know I’m not alone in that. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one knows that grief doesn’t take holidays.

  • Letter to the editor: Don't Owen countians pay enough taxes?

    Don’t Owen countians pay enough taxes?

    In response to Bonnie Strassell’s letter to the editor from Nov. 4, I wanted to present my side of the argument concerning the library tax.

    Although my family and I do not use the library as much as we’d like, I agree that it’s a vital and necessary part of the community.

    I appreciate the work the library staff does and know that the services they provide are important to many citizens in our county. I’m also aware that the resources and programs the library offers are not free.

  • Georgia: On My Mind

    Omar Carr walked out of the Old Testament, down the aisle of the New Columbus Methodist Church, and laid the fruits of his labor on God’s altar. Of course, he didn’t wear flowing robes like Abraham and Elijah and the others I’d seen in pictures. He favored denim overalls, and his thick reddish-brown hair was held in place with a weathered felt-brimmed hat, but he had the look of a patriarch none the less. And even a child could tell that Omar’s offering was what Cain should have been about instead of goofing off and picking fights with his brother Abel.