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Today's Opinions

  • Looking back at our first vacation

    Editor’s Note: Georgia Green Stamper is on vacation. This column first appeared in August 2008.

    In August of 1956, Daddy observed that his tobacco crop needed another couple of weeks to yellow in the fields before cutting. If my mother and I wanted, he allowed as how he could slip away from the farm work for a few days, and we could join his sisters and their families on a short vacation trip to the Smokey Mountains.

  • Letter to the Editor: Driver is a trusted friend

    There is a service that Owen County provides to its citizens that I suspect is not generally well known. The service is one whereby the county will provide transportation, to and from medical appointments, for its citizens, mostly – though not limited to – its senior citizens.

  • Kay’s Branch News

    The creek was over my bridge again last week. This time we had three inches of rain in about two hours and it was about 23 inches above the floor of the bridge. The bridge held again but it needs a bit of help this time. As soon as John gets through with his painting, I’ll get him down here to do some minor repairs on it.

  • Taxpayers deserve answers to insurance questions

    I consider myself a well-informed citizen. I read local papers, watch the news on TV and visit news-related sites on the Internet regularly. When I heard about allegations and fraud abuse at the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) recently, I paid little attention. “This doesn’t affect my family or my community,” I thought. I was wrong.

  • Planning urged in case of a national emergency

    The upcoming fall and winter months may be particularly difficult for rural communities (as well as urban) across the nation. The persistence of an economic recession, combined with a potentially devastating flu season sets the stage for a time of unprecedented need. I strongly encourage communities nationwide to unite within their community and develop a cooperative strategy of survival in times of disaster. Take note of those in your community with special needs, such as the elderly, disabled and fatherless homes.

  • The past can feel so close

    Writing is a solitary avocation. I’m reminded of the wonderful old movie where Jimmy Stewart rambles on and on to an invisible giant white rabbit named Harvey. Writing is like that – a one-sided conversation, with the author doing all the talking, while the reader, as invisible as Harvey, may or may not be listening or even be in the same room.

  • Letter to the Editor: Those who work with youth deserve community praise

    I would like to ask other Owen countians to join me in offering a word of praise and thanks to a remarkable group of youth and their leaders. I regret that I do not have a list of all their names.

  • Letter to the Editor: Has sheriff’s office plan been thought through?

    I just finished reading the story in this week’s paper about the magistrates rejecting the plan to spend $5,000 to clean the second floor of the old jail building but voted to spend the money to temporarily move the Sheriff’s office and rent another building for $1,000 a month.

    The building will still need to be cleaned and repaired to keep birds from getting in, so that money will still need to be spent, plus it will cost money for the move both ways not to mention the cost to set up the new building for the everyday business of the sheriff’s office.