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Today's Opinions

  • Everyone should share trick-or-treat

    There is an older couple in my neighborhood. They are nice enough. Both of them are retired and stay pretty much to themselves most of the time.

    Since we only moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago, my wife, Kellee, asked the lady neighbor if we could expect a lot of trick-or-treaters this Halloween.

    I was kinda shocked by their answer.

    My wife was told that they don’t participate in trick-or-treat – not because of a religious belief against Halloween but simply because they don’t want to hand out candy.

  • Former Owen County magistrate looks back

    My how times have changed!

    I was second district magistrate in the late 1950s until 1965.

    I was appointed by then Gov. Bert Combs to fill out the term vacated by Edgar Sowder and won a full term in 1960 with Paul J. Jones as my opposition.

    I served under two county judges – Horace Ransdell and Kepple Roland.

    The fiscal court at that time had jurisdiction over the courthouse, jail, roads and the hospital along with the commodity program and the food distribution program.

    The magistrates were paid $15 a month and no benefits.

  • Writer urges public to vote by the Bible

    Our founding fathers spent much time in prayer and fasting for this great nation. I hope each reader has spent much time in prayer and fasting for this election.

    We sure have.

    Our forefathers knew full well that our great God Jehovah is a jealous god and will have no other gods before him (Exodus 20:3) Blessed is the nation whose god is The Lord (Psalm 33:12).

    Please consider each party platform and judge it by the Bible and then everyone go vote.

    It is my prayer that you vote the Bible.

  • A shoebox could change life of a child

    I would like to invite you to join in this year’s Christmas Child project, a worldwide outreach of Samaritan’s Purse that touches the lives of millions of hurting children each year through the power of a simple gift. Shoe boxes filled with presents by caring people can bring love, joy and hope to little ones living in some of the most desperate circumstances imaginable.

  • Allegations hurt county’s reputation

    The news media coverage about the abuse of authority by the top Owen County officials has been an embarrassment to Owen County and is the topic of discussion among everyone.

    The bad news is that (some of) our county officials - Judge-executive Billy O’Banion, former Deputy Judge-executive Renaee Gaines, and Treasurer Gayla Lewis - are giving our county government a bad name.

  • Political battles end at ballot box

    It doesn’t really matter if you vote for Barack Obama.

    It doesn’t really matter if you vote for John McCain.

    Whether you support Mitch McConnell or Bruce Lunsford is kinda beside the point.

    The point is to just get out there and vote.

    Almost everyone has had the old saying “if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain” drilled into their head by their mother.

    And complaining about politics appears to have replaced baseball as America’s true pastime. It could probably give NASCAR a run for its money.

  • Obama is ready to lead

    I am supporting Senator Obama for President of the United States because he is an intelligent, steady leader that offers us real change from the Bush policies that have failed us for eight years. Our country is facing an economic crisis, war on two fronts, global warming and environmental challenges that must be approached with a steady hand. We must restore our reputation as the leader of the free world. A generational change in leadership by a man that is the embodiment of the American dream is needed; it is the best chance our country has to change our current course.

  • Wood deserves vote

    The 61st District has an outstanding choice for State Representative in the November election.

    I refer, of course, to Steve Wood, whom I have known for over 20 years as a man of God with Christian morals, and who is fiscally conservative and is a hardworking, exemplary businessman and father.

    I urge you to carefully consider this outstanding young man.

    As a graduate of Williamstown High School (1946) I know of no one who has more achievements, both in business and in community affairs.

    Leroy Kinman

    Arlington, Texas