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Today's Opinions

  • What does an education cost?

    Recently my mother got an invitation from Lincoln Institute to attend her high school reunion. It was the secondary school in Shelbyville area where black people sent their children “back in the day” because there was no high school available to them in the county.

    I mention this for a couple of reasons.

  • Help make Owen County a bit cleaner next week

    March 21 through 27, 2010, marks the 12th anniversary of Commonwealth Cleanup Week. Commonwealth Cleanup Week is an annual week-long event implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), and it also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the Commonwealth.

  • Georgia: On My Mind

    This week, an old friend who lives on the other side of the continent dropped back into my life. We were classmates and sorority sisters during our college days at Transylvania, but we haven’t seen each other in over 40 years.

    Reunions are as sweet as ripe fall pears when you’ve reached our stage of life. We’ve talked non-stop about the old days, the new days, and many of the ones in between.

    But we haven’t talked about the elegant, wide brimmed felt hat I wore to the Freshman Tea. Because I can’t, even now, do so without blushing.

  • Census may mean millions for Owen Co. students

    To the people residing in Owen County:

    The U.S. Constitution requires a national census once every 10 years to count everyone residing in the United States. It is important to count all residents - both citizens and non-citizens.

    The purpose of the census is multi-faceted, but key to the census collection is that it helps define who we are as a nation; it affects our political representation; and most important to the school system is that it directs the allocation of billions of dollars in governmental funding.

  • Make sure to get involved in primary

    In the coming days and weeks, the pages of the News-Herald will be filled with election stories, campaign advertisements and letters from you, voicing your concerns on the upcoming May primary election.

    There is no doubt that election time is an exciting time for everyone involved, even the average citizen.

  • Letter to the editor: Sign sends wrong message to kids

    Children learn by watching and listening to adults. They also take notice of store marquees, especially in  our rural town of Owenton. While my husband and I were traveling to church this past Sunday morning, I was appalled when I read what the marquee at Dairy Queen said “Gallatin Sucks.”

    Well, without thought, that immediately told me that Owen County had lost to Gallatin County at Saturday night’s ball game.

  • Workshop will help shape future

    The beautiful Elk Creek Vineyard and Winery was the setting for the “2010 Leadership Owen County Opening Retreat.” The date was Feb. 5 and 6. The weather was not a deterrent for the future leaders of Owen County. The day started off with a “meet and greet.” Angie Woodward from the Leadership Kentucky had a fun activity to get everyone energized.

  • Letter to the editor: Snow-removal crews deserve appreciation for efforts

    It’s easy to forget, but our 300 miles of county roads are equal to the driving distance from Owenton to Chicago, Detroit or Chattanooga.

    Keeping that enormous length of roads passable under very challenging conditions is a noteworthy achievement.

    As the snow begins to melt and the storms of the last month fade into memory, let’s remember to send a note of appreciation to hard-working road crews and administrators. 

    With limited resources they worked day after day and night after night, their trucks making a repeated and reassuring rumble.