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Today's Opinions

  • Guest editorial: Constitutional amendment will protect racing

    For too long, casino gambling has dominated the debate in Frankfort to the detriment of all other issues. Gov. Steve Beshear has advocated very little, if anything, beyond the expansion of gambling. Attorney General opinions throughout the years are divided. The Governor campaigned on “letting the people decide.” As recently as last year, members of House Democratic Leadership promoted a constitutional amendment to expand gambling.

  • Tackling a sense of costume doom

    I once knew a man who got kicked out of his Blue Christmas therapy group because he was a little bit too cheerful. I thought about him last week as I stumbled through yet another Halloween.

    For some, Halloween is all about the supernatural, the scary stuff like “the living dead” and werewolves.

  • Letter to the editor: Library offers bang for the buck

    I read with interest the opinion of Chris LeSuer (News-Herald, Oct. 14) regarding the rise in our tax bill. He seemed concerned that for every $100,000 home an extra $13 a year ($108 total) would be collected to support the library. Mr. LeSuer wanted his fellow Owen countians to be aware of this fact, stating that they could then form their own opinion as to the justification of the tax.

  • Red ribbons mark ongoing fight

    The school colors may be maroon and white, but next week, students in the Owen County School District will be wearing red in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

    The national awareness week began in the late 1980s in honor of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique (Kiki) S. Camarena who had spent four and a half years on the trail of one of Mexico’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. Just days before Camarena was to make a bust that would unlock the pipeline that sent many drugs into the United States, he was kidnapped. His body was discovered nearly a month later.

  • Paying taxes in Owen helps out your community

    Through the years I have shared my favorite tips with my family and friends. One example is, “If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.” As I am now working on the budgeting for the clerk’s office for 2010, this saying comes across true and clear.

  • Letter to the editor: Johnson’s help will be sorely missed

    When I married Dennis Lafferty in 1970, I moved from Sparta to the “country.”

    I did not know much about farming. My family had always  been in the grocery business, so all I knew was the farmer got paid once a year.

    It was not long until I realized you could not make a farming decision until you contacted Jane Ann Johnson. Whatever Jane Ann told you was always just the way it was.

  • Guest Editorial: Energy bills should have safety valve

    As Congress continues to address climate change, we’re starting to hear a wide range of estimates on what the actions of lawmakers will cost American consumers.

    The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan arm of Congress that prepares fiscal estimates and budgets, claims the increase in energy costs will be about the same as a postage stamp a day for the average homeowner. Other estimates are much higher – which makes me worry.

  • Young golfer can inspire us all

    To err is human. To admit to it is something else.

    Two weeks ago at the state golf tournament in Bowling Green, Emma Talley made a mistake.

    On the surface, it was not a big deal and would not have hindered the outcome of the tournament. In fact, had she not said anything it’s possible no one would have ever known of the mistake.

    Instead, the sophomore from Caldwell County realized she had not made a par on the 18th hole as was written down on her scorecard. She had made a bogey.