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Today's Opinions

  • Say thank you to a good neighbor

    When word started trickling out about the closure of the Owenton Dairy Queen last week, it wasn’t like most bad news we hear on a fairly regular basis around here.

    Small businesses, especially in the current economic state, fail more often than they succeed. Normally, once a business has been around as long as the Dairy Queen, it’s pretty safe to think they will be around until the owners decide to step down.

    But market forces and population issues signaled the death of the Queen.

  • I want to find that kangaroo

    I love the story of Cletus Eugene, the missing kangaroo an Owen County woman uses as a service animal.

    I’ve covered a lot of stories in my career – some heart-warming and some fairly disgusting – but this story of a missing kangaroo is special.

    Journalistic ethics aside, I want to find this misplaced marsupial.

  • Tax increase is small price to pay for schools

    During the past week, I received several comments concerning the article I wrote on the school board’s decision to increase the tax rate. I would like to take this opportunity to address the subject in my own opinion.

    It’s no secret that the United States is currently in a recession. All across the country, men and women are losing their jobs, losing their homes, and can’t afford to pay their bills.

    It’s also no secret people do not like to see tax rates being raised in any situation.

  • Georgia: On my mind

    ]“A teacher affects eternity,” Henry Adams wrote, words so self-evident they are cliché, words so true they have become part of our folk wisdom. When that happens, nobody hears them anymore, nobody much believes in them anymore.

  • Guest Editorial: People should unite against political abuses

    An Aug. 5 Opinion letter from Chris LeSuer petitioned KACo (Kentucky Association of Counties) to provide an explanation for their representation of an Owen County official (to the tune of $51,000) accused of crimes against the taxpayers.

    LeSuer referenced a July 1 article in the Lexington Herald which verified that KACo (a taxpayer-funded organization) routinely offers this type of representation.

    The media exposure of KACo’s questionable practice of utilizing tax dollars in this manner has provoked some dissatisfaction in the community.

  • Historical Soceity News By Bonnie Strassell

    Fire has always been a destructive force in people’s lives. The Bible associates fire with God’s judgment on wickedness and unbelief, and He is represented as a “consuming fire” when His wrath is revealed.

  • EDITORIAL: Pitino, Vick on different paths

    Hypocrisy? 

    Last week was an interesting week in sports. It was also one that made me think about whether certain things that happen are not somewhat hypocritical.  

    Two big sports stories hit during the week and both were full of controversy and raised many an eyebrow. 

    The first came when it was reported that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino admitted to police that six years ago he had an affair with a woman in Louisville.

  • Historical Society News By Bonnie Strassell

    Last Thursday, the Senior Citizens Center echoed with the memories of childhood as author Charlotte Ann Kemper Atchison entertained the crowd with stories of growing up in Owen County. People broke out in laughter as Charlotte described how, as a curious little girl, she wondered what would happen if she quickly shut the screen door on her cat’s tail. Would the tail bounce like a bowl of jelly or break in two? Much to her dismay, when the cat yowled in pain, Charlotte’s momma administered a bit of pain to Charlotte’s own tail.