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Today's Opinions

  • Taxpayers deserve answers to insurance questions

    I consider myself a well-informed citizen. I read local papers, watch the news on TV and visit news-related sites on the Internet regularly. When I heard about allegations and fraud abuse at the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) recently, I paid little attention. “This doesn’t affect my family or my community,” I thought. I was wrong.

  • Planning urged in case of a national emergency

    The upcoming fall and winter months may be particularly difficult for rural communities (as well as urban) across the nation. The persistence of an economic recession, combined with a potentially devastating flu season sets the stage for a time of unprecedented need. I strongly encourage communities nationwide to unite within their community and develop a cooperative strategy of survival in times of disaster. Take note of those in your community with special needs, such as the elderly, disabled and fatherless homes.

  • The past can feel so close

    Writing is a solitary avocation. I’m reminded of the wonderful old movie where Jimmy Stewart rambles on and on to an invisible giant white rabbit named Harvey. Writing is like that – a one-sided conversation, with the author doing all the talking, while the reader, as invisible as Harvey, may or may not be listening or even be in the same room.

  • Letter to the Editor: Those who work with youth deserve community praise

    I would like to ask other Owen countians to join me in offering a word of praise and thanks to a remarkable group of youth and their leaders. I regret that I do not have a list of all their names.

  • Letter to the Editor: Has sheriff’s office plan been thought through?

    I just finished reading the story in this week’s paper about the magistrates rejecting the plan to spend $5,000 to clean the second floor of the old jail building but voted to spend the money to temporarily move the Sheriff’s office and rent another building for $1,000 a month.

    The building will still need to be cleaned and repaired to keep birds from getting in, so that money will still need to be spent, plus it will cost money for the move both ways not to mention the cost to set up the new building for the everyday business of the sheriff’s office.

  • Angels of mercy deserve credit for their work

    This letter is to express thanks to the staff of New Horizon Medical Center in Owenton and to a few other “Angels of Mercy” who helped me through a life-threatening situation. Last week, I was on a scheduled medical visit when the staff of New Horizon Medical Center discovered that, among a few other symptoms, I had lost a significant amount of blood. Not wanting to risk the time needed for an ambulance to take me to another hospital, they called for a helicopter to have me flown to St. Elizabeth in Florence.

  • Everyone should follow leash laws

    I am so tired of seeing dogs run loose in Monterey and nothing being done about it. I hate to bring it up because it just causes negative attention to the town and causes hard feelings with neighbors/friends, but what’s fair is fair.

    When residents like me have had fence put in to abide by the rules, and then we have to sit and watch dogs run loose, it is just not right.

  • Owen Co. Arts Council thanks community for all the support

    The Owen County Art Council would like to thank everyone who made the first annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park possible. There were many hands behind the scenes that combined to create a great event for Owen County.