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Opinion

  • I once knew a man who got kicked out of his Blue Christmas therapy group because he was a little bit too cheerful. I thought about him last week as I stumbled through yet another Halloween.

    For some, Halloween is all about the supernatural, the scary stuff like “the living dead” and werewolves.

  • I read with interest the opinion of Chris LeSuer (News-Herald, Oct. 14) regarding the rise in our tax bill. He seemed concerned that for every $100,000 home an extra $13 a year ($108 total) would be collected to support the library. Mr. LeSuer wanted his fellow Owen countians to be aware of this fact, stating that they could then form their own opinion as to the justification of the tax.

  • The school colors may be maroon and white, but next week, students in the Owen County School District will be wearing red in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

    The national awareness week began in the late 1980s in honor of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique (Kiki) S. Camarena who had spent four and a half years on the trail of one of Mexico’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. Just days before Camarena was to make a bust that would unlock the pipeline that sent many drugs into the United States, he was kidnapped. His body was discovered nearly a month later.

  • Through the years I have shared my favorite tips with my family and friends. One example is, “If you don’t need it, don’t buy it.” As I am now working on the budgeting for the clerk’s office for 2010, this saying comes across true and clear.

  • When I married Dennis Lafferty in 1970, I moved from Sparta to the “country.”

    I did not know much about farming. My family had always  been in the grocery business, so all I knew was the farmer got paid once a year.

    It was not long until I realized you could not make a farming decision until you contacted Jane Ann Johnson. Whatever Jane Ann told you was always just the way it was.

  • As Congress continues to address climate change, we’re starting to hear a wide range of estimates on what the actions of lawmakers will cost American consumers.

    The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan arm of Congress that prepares fiscal estimates and budgets, claims the increase in energy costs will be about the same as a postage stamp a day for the average homeowner. Other estimates are much higher – which makes me worry.

  • To err is human. To admit to it is something else.

    Two weeks ago at the state golf tournament in Bowling Green, Emma Talley made a mistake.

    On the surface, it was not a big deal and would not have hindered the outcome of the tournament. In fact, had she not said anything it’s possible no one would have ever known of the mistake.

    Instead, the sophomore from Caldwell County realized she had not made a par on the 18th hole as was written down on her scorecard. She had made a bogey.

  • My husband says he’d rather watch paint dry.  The pace is faster. And even I admit the cheerful narrator of “Househunters” looks and sounds like a Stepford Wife.  “Will they choose house number one with the crummy kitchen, house number two with the awful yard, or house number three that mortgages their soul?” she asks, showing all her teeth without a crease in her smile.  And yet, I can’t turn the TV off when “Househunters” comes on.

  • My name is Pamela Roy. I’m from Macedonia Baptist Church. I would like to thank you for allowing us to clean the roads to earn money for church camp. Church camp is so much fun. I always have a wonderful time learning about God and hanging out with my youth.

    Pamela Roy

  • The 14th Annual Owen and Carroll County Charity Golf Scramble to benefit the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys & Girls Ranch, was held Aug. 31, with Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond and Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith hosting the event.

  • I have always loved the peace and serenity that one finds out in the country. I suppose it stems from growing up so far back in the woods that even trackers couldn’t find us.

    There is something so refreshing to the soul about hearing the sound of birds chirping in the trees and frogs calling from the pond.

    Like so many people, even in Owen County, my life is full of hustle and bustle and I rarely find solitary moments where I can just “be.”

  • There’s something about the fall season that makes me overly reminiscent. I’m not sure if it’s the changing colors of the leaves that reminds me that nothing ever stays the same or the crisp, cool air that makes me long for the summer months.

    Whatever it is, it keeps me in constant thought. I think about my childhood and how much my brother and I despised raking the leaves; I think about carving pumpkins with my dad each October; and Sunday afternoons in sweaters, going for a walk with my momma and grandmother.

  • Macedonia Baptist Church youth group would like to thank Owen County for letting us clean up the roads. The money is used for camp in June, which everyone is looking forward to. Thank you very much.

    Elizabeth Gay

     

  • Summer is over. The kids are settling in to the new school year, our gardens have yielded their bounties, football season has begun and the county is preparing to send out its 2009 real estate and property tax bills.

    Well, three out of four ain’t bad, but once we receive our annual statement from the county, what will we find?

  • I love a parade.

    If you spend your whole life in Owen County, you might not realize the quality of life that so many people here enjoy.

    In many larger communities, the idea of a high school football homecoming parade has faded into memories.

    With more population, the idea of closing down a few streets for a hour of so on a Friday afternoon would trigger angry protests and a lot of calls to the police, the mayor, the city council, the dog warden, ministers, deputies, homeland security and Girls Scout troop leaders.

  • I watched Glenn Beck when he was on Headline News. Now he is on Fox News. We watch him every night. I do not feel like exploits fear. My opinion is he makes me angry (because) of the way our country is being run. The way he uses the chalk board and pictures helps us to know who is who.

    Now about health care. A lot of people think it is going to be free or better care. If the government-run health care is so great, then why are people coming from other countries to seek our health care? Due to long waits for tests or surgeries that is why they are coming.

  • The Owen County Library is one of the best resources we have in the county for educating the masses. Open to the public, it provides a diverse menu of programs for all ages and many interests. Whether you are interested in gardening or quilting, music or rug making, the library can point you in the right direction.

  • Football players are supposed to be tough. They play a game where the object is to hit your opponent as hard as you can. They play despite injuries or sickness. They wear orange, black, silver and gold. They are called Steelers and Raiders. The last thing you would expect to see any of them wearing would be … pink.

    Yet on Sunday, that is exactly what many of them did.

    That’s right, players in the National Football League wearing pink cleats, pink sweatbands and pink towels. Why?

  • I received some good feedback this week from my column concerning health-care reform.

    Although not every person agreed with me, (it was 50 percent in favor of what I said and 50 percent against) every response was polite, well-meaning and intelligent. I’m pretty happy about that. It shows that a good dialog can exist even when some people say we are entering an age where civility is an outdated concept.

  • October is National Book Month, and we’re celebrating here at your public library with lots of new books and a whole lot more.

    Last week, I shared with you a sampling of all of the different services your library offers to the community. Whether you’re a parent, student, jobseeker, professional, historian or senior, we have something to offer you. And we’re so happy to report that you are taking advantage of the library. Here are just a few quick facts about library use this year: