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Opinion

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  • Several people have asked about last week’s front-page article on our move to a subscription-based website, effective Feb. 23.
    If you’re a subscriber to the News-Herald, don’t worry. You’ll have access to all news and other content at OwentonNewsHerald.com. Access to the website is free for all of our print subscribers.
    But you will have to take a few, quick steps to get registered, then you’ll be ready to use the website version of the newspaper.

  • The Kentucky Wildcats will lose in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Why? It is simple. The game will not be played in Rupp Arena.
    The joke goes that Willie Nelson got injured last week when he was playing “on the road again.” The same can be said about Kentucky only it would not be a joke. With my apologies to Willie, the Wildcats now have a new theme song. The lyrics go like this:
    “On the road again. I can’t wait to lose on the road again.”

  • We often associate certain foods with different countries. Spaghetti is Italian, tacos are Mexican, and what could be more American than apple pie?
    Did you know the very first apples ever eaten grew several thousand years ago in fertile land south of the Black Sea?
    The history and origins of different fruits and vegetables are as interesting and unique as their taste.

  • Upcoming meetings for farmers
    Winter Gardening — at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Owen County Public Library. Investigate ideas on how to extend your landscape season through the winter.
    Profit With Produce — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at at the Capstone Produce Market in Campbellsburg. Morning program will be on vegetable production practices and afternoon program focuses on food safety and marketing.

  • The law says you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater.
    But can you nudge the guy next to you and say “psst... that guy up front looks like he wants to start a fire,”?
    This weekend, the country was once again shocked by violence when six people including a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl were shot by a lone madman in Arizona.
    The question that leaps to most people’s mind is why.

  •   “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven...”
    (Ecclesiastes 3:1-3)

  • Funny how the seemingly mundane task of chopping down a tree can take on special significance at Christmas.

    Most Owen countians remember the days when, weeks before the holiday, families would journey to the woods to choose that extraordinary tree that, for a short time, would take a place of honor in their home. 

    While cedar may not have been a favorite of everyone, it grew abundantly on the hillsides of Owen County and graced most of our homes at Christmas.

  • I spotted Santa Claus sitting in a large easy chair as soon as I entered our church’s back foyer. It doubles as a fellowship hall on Sundays between services, and is a popular spot where talk flows along with the hot coffee.

    Although he was disguised in a white shirt and tie and a khaki windbreaker, I knew who he was. His long white beard gave him away.

  • I love “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I especially love the scene where Charlie Brown is sitting with Lucy telling her about his problems. He admits that he knows he should be happy about Christmas, but says for some reason he is not.

    By the way, on a completely unrelated note, why is Charlie Brown the only one with a last name? Think about it. There is Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder and so on and so forth. No last names.

    Anyway, over the last week I have sort of felt like Charlie Brown but about something else besides Christmas.

  • Dressed in her finest Christmas attire, she patiently awaited the arrival of her guests; and as they entered her decorated doorway, her rooms echoed with laughter and camaraderie.

  • World Peace Day is a global event celebrated at noon Greenwich Mean Time or 7 a.m. EST on the last day of each year.

    At this time, people the world over gather together for an hour of prayer and meditation for world peace.

    Stop for a moment and think how profound this really is. People the world over set aside personal issues and step into the moment, coming together to be of one mind, of one place, of one time, aware that as they combine their thoughts and energies, they create opportunities for positive changes to manifest in the world.

  • It may be hard to think past Christmas, but before we know it prom season will be here. 

    Some students think about it the whole school year, planning what they will wear, who might ask them to go, and looking forward to that rite of passage. 

    Others dread thinking about prom because they know that a fancy dress or tux is a luxury that their family cannot afford. 

  • In college, I was asked to write an essay about what I would do if I won the lottery and the paper turned out to be more of a business idea that is still my dream today.

    My long-term vision is for Owen County to have a daycare center adjoining an assisted living facility where the children and the elderly of our community will have access to the best-possible care.

    My short-term  goal is to partner with caregivers who currently provide childcare services in their homes to establish a state of the art daycare cooperative.

  • Not to sound too cliched, but it’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of the first decade of the new millennium.

    The changes this community, this nation, and this world have gone through in the past 10 years are way too many to even consider listing.

    But that’s OK.

    Americans and Owen countians need to look forward while remembering the past. We find ourselves at a different place than we did at the beginning of the 2000s.

  • Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, two more turkeys have been pardoned by the President, and now we’re on the downhill slope to Christmas.

    The other day I glanced at the clock on the wall and noticed the second hand was moving at a rapid pace. “There must be something wrong with the clock,” I thought. A few minutes went by till I glanced at it again, and it seemed to be moving even faster this time. I mentioned it to our copy editor, Richard. His response was, “It’s because you’re getting older.”

  • They should start showing up sometime around 4 p.m. July 8.

    They will be coming in trucks, campers, mini-vans and RVs.

    For them, it’s more than a weekend trip. It’s something more akin to a pilgrimage.

    They will roll across the region with a singular site in mind. Two things will be on their minds — having fun and racing.

    After years of wrangling,  the top echelon of professional auto racing will be coming to northern Kentucky.

  • Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when the weather was brisk and the promise of cold air and clear skies remained for several days in a row, Owen County families prepared for the annual event of “hog-killing.” All year, efforts were made to fatten these delectable creatures whose succulent meat was the mainstay of many a winter meal.

  • Sometimes, Thanksgiving gets a bum rap.

    I’m not a global sociologist but I doubt there are many other holidays  celebrated across the world where food is such a focus.

    A lot of cultures have foods that are associated with a holiday but I would guess there aren’t many in which the meal is the centerpiece of activity.

  • It truly does take an entire community to educate a child. That point was never made clearer than at Owen County High School’s  KCCT Recognition Ceremony on Nov. 18 where more than 100 students were recognized for high academic achievement.

    It is at this ceremony where over 70 proud guests (parents, grandparents, and other family members) were present to share in this special event.