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Today's Opinions

  • Despite flaws, Jackson’s impact will last generations

    On June 11, 1949, Hank Williams Sr. made his first appearance on Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. He received an unprecedented six encores and was launched into superstardom at 25.

    He was dead by the age of 29.

    On Sept. 9, 1956, Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. His swiveling hips, snarling lip and southern charm turned him into an overnight superstar.

    He died in 1977 at the age of 42.

    On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first appearance on the Sullivan show.

  • If you were guaranteed to get it, what would you ask for?

    A few weeks ago I heard a sermon about wisdom.

    I wisely took notes, then lost them and forgot much of what the pastor said.

    But I do remember one thing. He said God came to King Solomon in a dream and said he could ask for anything and he’d give it to him.

    What’s the one thing you want most, Sol? Riches? Power? A BMW and a penthouse overlooking the city? Good health? Long life? A soft-serve ice cream machine out by the pool?

    Solomon acknowledged God’s great kindness to his father, King David, and now to him as king of Israel.

  • Two Mile remembrance was a social paradise

    June 13 is a very special day in the history of African-Americans. It was situated in a week that was set aside to recognize that our community is no longer segregated, but unified in an attempt to become viable members of society and to recognize the accomplishments of local communities.

    It was befitting on this special day that the First Annual Two Mile Road Reunion was held on the Gayle and Branom properties.

  • Letter to the Editor: REACH continues to serve the community

    REACH of Northern Kentucky is a Christ-centered nonprofit organization whose goals are to reduce substance abuse among youth and adults and to raise community awareness to the monumental problem of drugs we are facing.

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks to all involved with carriage ride

    What does the clip clop of a horse-drawn carriage, raspberry-lemon scones, Benedictine On Rye, an 1800s girl’s finishing school, a riverboat pilot, historical museum and a civil war soldier have to do with a world cup gun shoot? For goodness sakes.

    It all happened in Owenton Friday, thanks to the generosity and hard work of a number of people and community groups.

  • Georgia: On her mind

    “Here in Kentucky … [the] past has always felt close and I’ve always felt connected to it, sprung from it, like it or not. Down the road from my house is an old family graveyard. One of the graves there is for a woman whose first name was America. Even though I live in the middle of nowhere, sometimes it feels like I live in the center of it all.”

    Poet Maurice Manning, Southeast Review, 2008

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  • Letter to the Editor: Arts in the Park is a success

    I would like to applaud the Owen County Arts Council for the wonderful “Arts in the Park” fair last Saturday. It was evident that a lot of planning and hard work made the event a success.

    It was an impressive mix of excellent exhibitions, talented musicians, accomplished artists, and skilled craftsmen.

    Thanks guys for making this happen.

    Debra Gash

    Owen County

  • Letter to the Editor: Another tea party planned for Fourth

    This July 4 will find people from all over Kentucky converging on the steps of the capitol building in Frankfort. A great many of these folks will be coming on buses from such cities as Elizabethtown, Louisville, Somerset and many others. This will be the second “tea party” conducted this year at the capitol building. The first one was held on April 15.