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Today's Opinions

  • Health care: More answers, less rhetoric

    U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell doesn’t say things very often that make me laugh.

    But in a recent op/ed piece, McConnell said that during his August recess from Washington, he didn’t meet “anybody who thought a government takeover of health care was the answer.”

    The statement shocked me and, as the kids say, LOL.

    It was never more clear to me that Sen. McConnell and I run in different circles.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Tax money should stay in the community where they are collected

    I am really mad about the tax put on our taxes for the fire department. I do not mind donating to my fire department here at New Liberty, but I don’t want my money given to the other fire departments. Each department has a certain territory and I feel the people in each area should take care of their own fire department. That $35 (local government)  put on my taxes will only give New Liberty $7.

  • Organizers should be congratulated for 9/11 memorial

    Every year since Sept. 11, 2001, the nation has paused for a few moments to remember the horrible and tragic events of that day.

    Unlike so many other memorials, that take place year after year, the tributes and remembrances that take place on the anniversary of 9/11 do not seem to diminish as the date slides further into history.

    But there are people who work hard each year to keep the memory alive of all those we lost in the consciousness of all Americans.

  • Georgia: On My Mind

    In the fifth grade, I often stayed up long after my parents had gone to bed, making sure the margins in my geography notebook were straight as an arrow for Miz Eva Lois Wright. This genetic disposition to please people now obliges me to respond quickly to the plethora of “Getting To Know You” quizzes my friends have taken to sending me on the Internet. The questionnaires are similar to the ice-breaker games of my Methodist Youth Fellowship days – silly and sort of fun.

  • Preserve your place in Owen’s tobacco heritage

    Members of our Tobacco Heritage Committee have had the privilege of interviewing men and women who have devoted their lives to farming in Owen County. In addition to learning the details about raising tobacco, sheep, cattle, and operating a dairy farm, did you know?

    • A young farmer currently raises 207 acres of tobacco and says he enjoys the freedom of farming.

    • One farmer said he could cut 1,500 sticks of tobacco a day when he was younger. It wasn’t unusual for cutters to have friendly competitions while cutting tobacco.

  • 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.