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Today's Opinions

  • Say it ain’t so, McGwire

    We’ve all had times in our lives when we received shocking news. You know the kind I am talking about. Like the time you found out that were either being hired or fired. Or maybe when you discovered that you were getting a tax refund or perhaps the moment came when the doctor said the word “twins.”

    All of these times brought about a different range of emotions. I would venture to say that when the news came down that you probably remember where you were and maybe even what the weather was.

  • Political season on the horizon

    Owen County may still be wrapped deep in winter but make no mistake, a new season is just around the corner – the political season.

    Normally, the big national elections get all the good press. The national and statewide stages are where most of the good ideological fights take place. Because most of the social, philosophical and economic issues that get so many people excited are determined at the higher levels of government, sometimes the importance of local elections are overlooked and voter turnout is significantly lower than state and national elections.

  • Guest editorial by State Sen. Damon Thayer

    State looks for ways to improve education

    The Senate is moving forward through the 2010 regular session as committee meetings are now in full swing and the Senate has begun debating bills concerning education and state government.

  • Letter to the editor: Support for local research appreciated

    Thank you for your article, “Perkins Pursues Research Dream,” in last week’s edition of the News Herald. 

    Thanks also to the Rotary Club for the opportunity to speak, and an advance thanks to the Owen County Chamber of Commerce.

    Within hours of the Rotary Club presentation on Dec. 14, we received a review from a representative of the National Institute of Health that stated, “The approach used here could potentially revolutionize the methods used in drug development.”

  • Georgia: On My Mind

    In Nebraska this week, it’s colder than the North Pole, I read. In Florida, the temperatures dipped below freezing. Here in Kentucky, life lies dormant in the frozen ground covered by snow. The trees, naked, reach their thin arms toward the heavens like a forest of Holocaust victims pleading for help. It’s January, the duplicitous month, named for the two-faced Roman god Janus who looked backwards and forwards at the same time. 

  • Historical Society News

    T. S. Elliot once wrote: “ For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

    Making a new beginning is what each new year offers to all of us. A blank page on which to record the daily joys, sorrows, mistakes, and accomplishments that define us as individuals.

    As we reflect on the past year, the Owen County Historical Society has much for which to be thankful.

  • Goodbye and good riddance

    And 2009 started off so promisingly ...

    The past 12 months have not been such a good stretch for the United States.

    We did have an historic inauguration in January 2009 but its been pretty downhill since then.

    The summer brought us discontent as the two sides in the health-care debate fought tooth and nail to have their voices and concerns heard.

    The economy sputtered along. Although the numbers later in the year started getting stronger, I don’t think anyone is ready or willing to say there will be a vast improvement in 2010.

  • County Clerk Corner

    As you may know by now, for the past three years the staff of the Owen County Clerk’s office has been working hard learning new technology. With this new technology and our commitment to serve we are looking forward to 2010.

    Election Day is coming in 2010. With my prediction of a record number of voters expected to arrive at the polls, the clerk’s office is working to make sure you have a smooth voting experience.