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Opinion

  • Yet again, the people of Owen County have shown their true colors.

  • The economy has caused hardship for many people this year. Lots of people are feeling the crunch in the gas tank, the grocery store, and practically everywhere else. But right now the state of Kentucky is working with Adult Education Centers to help those who need the GED to take the test free.
    Director of Owen County Adult Learning Center Veronica Gayle said education will be even more important in the future.

  • The economy has caused hardship for many people this year. Lots of people are feeling the crunch in the gas tank, the grocery store, and practically everywhere else. But right now the state of Kentucky is working with Adult Education Centers to help those who need the GED to take the test free.
    Director of Owen County Adult Learning Center Veronica Gayle said education will be even more important in the future.

  • It’s no surprise to anyone who has spent time in and around the county clerk’s office that the clerk and staff have been busy. We are preparing for both the Primary Election May 17, 2011, and for the Delinquent Real Estate Tax Bill Sale.
    On May 17, voters will go to the polls to vote on candidates for the state offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor of Public Accounts, Commissioner of Agriculture, and State Treasurer.

  • If some were disappointed in my less than patriotic reaction to the death of bin Laden, I ask you to remember that I am 80 years old. I had just turned 11 when the Japanese had the effrontery to attack the sleeping giant and forced Roosevelt to declare war on the Axis.
    I lived with our news media — at the time, the movies — vilify the Japanese race, put Japanese Americans in internment camps and confiscate their property. Now the Japanese are our best buddies and own most of America.

  • Like most Americans, I hadn’t really given Osama bin Laden much thought in recent years.
    He had become the bogeyman that still lingered in the shadows from years ago.
    He had become an embarrassment that frustrated Americans who wanted to see justice.
    He had became a punch line in the movie “The Hangover.”
    “Thanks a lot, Osama.”
    That sentiment barely changed for me Saturday afternoon when bin Laden popped back up when I was looking through a stack of old newspapers stored in my garage.

  • For weeks, the threat of a federal government shutdown has been hanging over the heads of Americans.
    With the Democrats demanding deep cuts in the federal budget, the Republicans demanding deep, deep cuts in the federal budget and the Tea Party demanding deep, deep, deep, deep cuts in federal spending, it looked like we were going to have some fairly significant cuts in federal spending.
    So it looks like we are all pretty much in agreement that cuts in spending should happen.

  • I just wanted to give my opinion on making our county wet.
    I would hope we keep it dry.
    Those who are for it tell us it will mean more money for the county and they are probably right, but they don’t tell us it will mean more paperwork for the county, more law enforcement, more jail space to be paid for. It will also lead to more broken homes, more accidents and more deaths.
    Is it worth it?
    I would call on all church and county leaders to voice their opinion. I would hope they will vote “no” if it comes to a vote.

  • Once again Owenton Manor residents will host the annual community Easter egg hunt on April 9.
    The rain date will be for the following Saturday. Each year our residents stuff plastic eggs with candy and surprises for children 12-and-under to find. We need your help in providing enough candy to fill the eggs.
    You can contact us or leave your donation of candy, prizes of anything at the activity department. We want to thank you for your support.

  • At newspapers and schools across the country this week, a special relationship is being celebrated.
    This week has been declared Newspaper In Education Week and is designed to highlight the long-time service local newspapers have offered schools.
    Under the NIE program, newspapers are delivered to local schools as an educational tool.

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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.