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Today's Opinions

  • Local-option elections are complex

    Many people believe that elections only consist of voting and seeing the results of the election on the television or reading them the next day in the paper. In fact, the election process starts months before Election Day.
    Elections are a full-time job with some of the most complex responsibilities expected of an elected official. However, preparing for the election in the County Clerk’s Office is just one of the many responsibilities and duties that we handle.

  • A cancer we can eliminate

    In spite of a significant decrease in cancer of the cervix over the past 60 years, the American Cancer Society estimates that there will be nearly 12,200 new cases and 4,210 deaths in 2010 of this invasive cancer. Unfortunately, Kentucky ranks fifth nationally in number of new cases of cervical cancer each year.

  • Patient grateful for ambulance service

    This letter is to let the boys at the ambulance service know just how much I appreciated the birthday cake that they made for me. It was a surprise to receive it, and it was very good.
    I want to let you know that I love you guys very much and truly appreciate the service that you are providing for all Owen County residents.
    Thanks again,
    Frances Caldwell

  • Who should watch our words?

    The law says you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater.
    But can you nudge the guy next to you and say “psst... that guy up front looks like he wants to start a fire,”?
    This weekend, the country was once again shocked by violence when six people including a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl were shot by a lone madman in Arizona.
    The question that leaps to most people’s mind is why.

  • Anger is growing across the country

    First, my condolences to the families of those dead and injured in the Arizona shooting.
    The mean-spiritedness in this country is worse than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime (I’m 72) especially in the political arena.
    We need to question where the anger is coming from and what can be done to change it.
    I’ve always felt that America would have to endure another revolution and didn’t think I would live to see it, but I might be wrong. My only regret is that I might be too old to be a part of it.

  • Owen ambulance and hospital staff are the best around

    On Dec. 8, 2010, my son found me passed out on my living room floor.
    He immediately called the Owen County Life Squad who took excellent care of me (thank you, Brian and Charles) and dispatched for a helicopter to transport me to Lexington.
    They then transported me to the New Horizons Medical Center Emergency Room.

  • Letter to the editor: Special thanks to hard-working school custodial staff

    We are writing this letter to publicly thank the custodial staff of the Owen County School District for their dedication and faithful service to our schools and this community.
    On Jan. 3,  the new Maurice Bowling Middle School opened to serve students. This was due to a lot of effort from many people, but this could not have happened without the custodial staff of this district.

  • Historical Society News

      “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven...”
    (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3)