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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: Office looks for ways to better serve

    With the soaring cost of running state and county government offices, there are many cutbacks being made. Across Kentucky, the county clerk’s offices struggle to handle personnel, consumer services and operating costs into their working schedules, it sometimes becomes a decision between hours of service offered and the number of staff. Both state and county governments are searching for a solution to the dilemma.

  • I'm just saying: Just because you can doesn't mean you should

    There is an old saying in journalism that I used to share with the reporters and photographers. I usually applied it to people retouching pictures with Photoshop.
    “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” I would tell them.
    That axiom couldn’t have been more true than a couple of weeks ago when a New York area newspaper published an on-line interactive map of registered gun owners in parts of their coverage area.
    The paper obtained the names and addresses through normal public records requests.

  • I’m just saying ... A few thoughts as 2012 wraps up and 2013 arrives

    I’m great at making New Year’s resolutions.
    I stink at keeping New Year’s resolutions.
    Almost every year, I publicly proclaim that I will do this or that or stop doing that thing I shouldn’t be doing in the first place.
    And each year, it seems like I make a long list of resolutions just to watch them fall by the wayside either by apathy, personal weakness or my unyielding opposition to change.
    Of the six resolutions I made last year, I managed to keep three of them.

  • Letter to the editor: Churches must get involved in 'battle'

    I would like to respond to Bro. Tom Hall’s editorial of Dec. 12, 2012.
    Tom, thank you for your wonderful editorial which exposed the terrible sin of sodomy. As you stated, Christians and the churches need to get involved in the battle. The greatness and stability of America began with the Pilgrim separatists and the Puritans. These Christians were committed to establishing the kingdom of Jesus Christ on the Earth. 

  • Letter to the editor: Everyone benefits from shopping locally

    How great would be to have a Walmart in Owen County so you can get everything you need for the upcoming holiday with ease?
    Sadly, we don’t have one of those but what we do have is a chain of local businesses that may be able to provide us with things that are on our grocery lists. The nearest Walmart is located in Dry Ridge and that’s a lot of wasted gas money just to go and buy needed supplies.

  • Letter to the editor: Keep your lights on to raise awareness of dangers

    Lights On For Life Day is a symbolic observance designed to focus attention on the issue of impaired driving. So let’s stop this violent and deadly crime of impaired driving. Nearly 12,000 people die every year in alcohol- and drug-related crashes: one person dead every two minutes.
    How about this holiday season we join together and take a stand against drunken driving?
    On Dec. 31, keep your lights on your vehicle, homes and businesses and choose to not to drink and drive.
     
    Travis Pelotte and Christina Brown

  • I'm just saying ... How much more blood?

    A few weeks ago, a gentleman came into our offices and complained about the metal detectors, guards and updated security at the Owen County Judicial Center.
    “We don’t need all that here. This is Owen County. Things like that don’t happen around here,” he said.
    In light of Friday’s senseless tragedy that took the lives of 20 children at an elementary school, those comments played over and over in my head this past weekend.
    I wonder if the people of Newtown, Conn. thought the same thing?

  • Letter to the editor: Make sure to support local businesses because they support us

    I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to the local businesses who are spreading the Christmas cheer for the children in our community. My 3-year-old son Mason and I had a great weekend visiting Santa all over town. We saw Santa three different times at three different businesses for free, not to mention that he sat on his lap at the Christmas parade last weekend too.