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Today's Opinions

  • Find another way to help democracy

    Have you considered becoming an election officer in Owen County?

    The election officers are a vital part of having a smooth, fair and accurate election.

    In order to serve as an election officer, you must attend election training sessions; you must also be a qualified registered voter. You can serve as a precinct officer as long as you will be 18 years old on or before the general election.

  • Georgia: On my mind

    The snow finally arrived early this morning. It’s a measly three inches, but it’s better than nothing. I don’t know who is more relieved to see it – me or Bill, the nice weatherman on Channel 18.

  • Doing something about Haiti

    For the past three weeks we have all seen the images. Each time we saw the horrific pictures flash across our screens we have each thought about what we can do about it.

    The stories coming out of Haiti have been filled with destruction, disbelief and despair. According to those who have come back, it is actually much worse.

    Already orphaned children are now wondering where they are going to end up. Other children who once had someone to take care of them are now orphaned.

  • Friends of Animals needs support from community

    A guest editorial about the Owen County dog shelter ran in last week’s paper. Due to space constraints some information was omitted. The following is the information that was not included. OCFA would like to express our gratitude to Editor John Whitlock and The News Herald for running the weekly ad and periodically updating the community on the shelter’s progress.

  • Guest Editorial: Animal shelter needs community support

    Owen County Friends of Animals Inc. has been working diligently to improve the plight of homeless dogs in Owen County since the organization’s inception in 2005.

    The organization began when 42 citizens addressed the fiscal court voicing concerns about the lack of care for dogs in the county’s custody. At that time dogs were housed in a dilapidated barn with no heat. The primary issue of concern was that 100 percent of the dogs that were picked up by the county were euthanized (a more gentle term for killed) regardless of their adoptability.

  • Letter to the Editor: Protestors seek to defend Constitution

    I would like to thank you for your editorial in the paper about our tea party and about us standing up for what we believe in and taking our rights to the streets and taking the time to meet instead of yelling at the TV while sitting in the comfort of our homes.

  • Letter to the editor: Help is on the way to Haitian people

    We have received many calls asking about Haiti. Our stateside director, Dave Zimmer, and a team left Jan. 19 to take much-needed food (beans and rice) and first aid. Pastor Ernst Cassy and the Children of Good Shepherd Orphanage are doing well. God protected them.

  • Letter to the Editor: Help is available for those who want to quit smoking

    The U.S. Surgeon General has shown extensive evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke produces many severe health effects on one’s body, including immediate effects on the heart and blood vessels. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the Institute of Medicine found that secondhand smoke exposure increases the risk of heart disease by 25-30 percent. The Institute also notes consistent evidence that communities have fewer heart attacks after they go smoke-free.

    We know that: