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Today's Opinions

  • American Idol 101

    Although I consider myself current with pop culture, this is the first season I’ve watched “American Idol.”

    In years past, I’ve seen the last 15 minutes of some of the final shows to see who wins, but not knowing who’s who, I didn’t really care one way or another.

    This season, mostly because I hate being left out of the water-cooler conversation, I decided early on to watch every episode – from first auditions to finale – and I even hope to buy tickets to see the Top Ten Idol contestants when they go on tour this summer.

  • Putting the twit in Twitter

    Maybe I’m old or just plain grouchy, but I don’t get Twitter.

    For those of you who may have not caught up with the latest internet fad, Twitter is an Internet-based, social-networking service that allows the user to send short messages to a group of friends. Since the messages can’t be larger than 140 characters, it’s designed to give friends just a little taste of what’s going on in your life.

  • A basketball party in Lexington

    The Commonwealth of Kentucky threw its annual party last week in Lexington.

    Sixteen teams from around the state earned the right to take part in the National City/Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena.

    The tournament tipped off Wednesday afternoon and concluded on Saturday night with the Holmes Bulldogs cutting down the nets after defeating Louisville Central in double overtime in the Championship Game.

  • County Clerk Corner: How to Save Money

    Tough times require us to think of ways of saving and getting the most out of what we have.

    As you may know, the month of April is when the law requires the delinquent tax bills to be sold at the courthouse steps. The tax sale in Owen County will be held April 29. After the tax sale, all the delinquent tax bills are turned over to the County Clerk’s Office.

    At this time the tax payer will be faced with an increase in the amount due. However, if your tax bill is purchased from the clerk’s office by a third party, the price grows more and more.

  • Getting ready to dance

    I am sure that when most people see that I am writing a column about getting ready to dance they will assume I am referring to March Madness – otherwise known as the “Big Dance.” The tournament is one of my favorite times of the year.

    But I am not writing this about basketball. In fact, I write this column at the expense of my manhood.

    OK, who I am trying to kid? And you can stop giggling.

  • Other voices

    One of my mentors-at-a-distance was Carl Sagan. I watched his now-famous TV show, Cosmos, read some of his books and read his articles in the popular media. His words in a Sunday magazine article, though written over 20 years ago, blazed off the paper and have stuck with me through the years. Carl saw the training he received as a great gift, one that the son of an immigrant would never have received except for this wonderful confluence of time and space – here and now and in America.

  • Preserve downtown charm

    When I was younger, it was always a treat for me to get to come to Owenton.

    It may not be the biggest city, it may not have big fancy restaurants, a Wal-Mart or a plethora of clothing stores, but there was always something about Owenton that appealed to me.

    As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed something about Owenton that is drastically different from other cities I’ve visited. The courthouse sits at the center of downtown, and the downtown area thrives right around the courthouse.

  • Compliments to the kids

    In a society where so much emphasis is being placed on winning, it seems there is not enough being placed on how to act when you do. Not only can you be a poor sport when you lose, it is not uncommon for someone to be a sore winner.

    That is not the case in Owen County.

    The basketball teams made history this season when both the varsity girls and boys won a District Championship. The boys even advanced to the semifinals of the 8th Region Tournament.