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Opinion

  • The Owen County Arts Council would like to thank everyone who came out to support the second annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park. We had a great day with more than 660 people in attendance.

  • The Leadership Owen County 2010 Team continued our tour of the community May 5.

  • It’s me again, Margaret A. Murphy.

    Enthusiasm for the New Liberty Archives with a family research center and the vision for tourism is on the increase within the minds of our people of Owen County. Discussion and your thoughts revealed is good.

    Now, let’s consider adding a veterans memorial – a notable and enduring memory of their service for our country at the same location.

  • Although I was unable to attend the (May 10) board meeting, I would like to thank all the parents who did attend. I also want to thank the board members for all their hard work during this time and commend them for asking the right questions. I think that the large parent presence was very encouraging to the staff, and at this point encouraging the staff should be our main concern. Budget cuts are an unavoidable reality and they are everywhere; however, if the cuts are handled correctly our kids will not suffer. 

  • While I knew that Mr. Cleveland would have a rebuttal to my recent letter the editor, I do wish he had stuck to the truth. He knows exactly why I did not leave. The purpose of my speaking with Ms. Miller was to explain the law behind the request for the information. I’m not a legal expert, but I can read. Yes, I did have the requested documents in hand that morning, but it was a day late and a dollar short so to speak. I had requested them the day before as the law provides and was refused and told to return the following morning. That is why I was there.

  • Relay time is right around the corner. It will be held May 28 and 29 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at the Owen County Park. As a county, we have so much to celebrate. We have more teams than ever, fund-raising is better than ever and most importantly we just opened the Owen County Cancer Resource Center Sunday.

  • Before I write this letter I want to make a statement.

    This letter is not written with malice or hard feelings. I want to say something I have witnessed quite often in the last few years.

    A lot of people seem to think that old people have no feelings. An incident that happened recently prompted me to write and say what I have on my mind – and you who know me know I say what I think.

    I have been in the Ogden family more than 65 years, and to my knowledge, this is the first election in those years that an Ogden hasn’t worked the polls.

  • Owen countians may not realize it, but as they visit with friends and reminisce about the “good ole days,” or gather with relatives on holidays to celebrate family traditions, they preserve their heritage and the history of Owen County. This is most evident on Memorial Day when streets and dirt roads in the county are lined with cars, filled with people who carry flowers, crosses, and other items to place on the graves of loved ones who served their country in the armed services.

  • There are some nasty rumors running around Owen County which are so untrue about Carolyn Keith. I hate it when dirty politics come into play but I guess that is how some candidates “toot their horn” thinking this will harm Mrs. Keith’s chance for re-election. Well … think again.

  • Due to a conflict with my employer, I have with great regret withdrawn my name from the first district constable election race. The conflict was unknown at the time I filed for the office.

    I would like to thank everyone I have talked to or visited thus far and has offered their support during this campaign. I would like to thank my wife and family, as well, who assisted during this process and supported me. I am sure I will pursue this office again in the future and will ask for your support at that time, but for now, thanks to all.

  • I will not discuss the details of the allegations against me (I am not even sure exactly what they were) as the grand jury has made its findings. I do adamantly disagree with the allegations, assertions and attacks on my character and behavior. My responsibility has been and continues to be what’s best for kids – often that means we have to change how we do business – change is hard and it is human nature to resist change because we all become comfortable in how we do things.

  • May 18 is a critical election for Owen County. With the loss of tobacco contracts and tobacco buyout funds ending with the terms of the leaders we elect, the economy and lifestyle of Owen County is changing. The question is, changing to what?

  • Times are tough. Times have always been tough. That’s never changed. For generations we get politicians time and time again telling us how they are going to make things better for us. But when you look at Kentucky’s statistics, it makes you want to pull your hair out. We are bottom of the list in America for education, health care, and wealth.

  • With elections just around the corner, I would like for everyone to think about the significance of every single vote and its impact on the future of our county, state and country. Today, more than ever before, we are pressed to look beyond “party loyalty,” the “good ole boy” system, retaliation, or complacency, when voting. Whether local, state or federal, the consequences are often the same – a bad political landscape with poor policy making.

  • Thursday, May 6, is the National Day of Prayer. Bro. Franklin Graham is asking every Christ follower to assemble somewhere to pray.

    I’ll be at the flagpole at the (Owen County) Courthouse. See you at the pole.

    Dr. Joy Arnold-Morse

    Owenton

     

  • I have recently become involved in a very unpleasant situation at Owen County schools.

    There have been events in the last two weeks that have hopefully opened the eyes of those in charge and with any luck by the time this letter prints, (Mark Cleveland) will have been removed from his position as superintendent of Owen County schools.

  • Have you ever read the Constitution of the United States? Sure, we all learned about it in school and probably memorized the preamble. You may have a basic understanding of the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments, but when was the last time you really read the Constitution and gave any thought to its meaning? I would imagine that our children know more about the Constitution than most adults do. We have simply forgotten why it was written and what it represents.

  • Leadership of Owen County was held on April 7 and the topic was health care.

    Our day began at the Owen County Extension office and the first place we went to visit was the New Horizon Specialty Clinic.

  • If you have not seen or heard of the local event that took place April 23, it was a charity event entitled Scream the Cure.  

    This charity concert with hard core bands (metal) raised money for our local chapter of Relay for Life. 

    Bands from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio came to Owen County free of charge and performed from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. to help raise money for cancer patients all across the U.S. 

  • We had 6,000 students drop out of our schools in 2008 and I have no doubt that ’09 will be just as high.

    The state wonders what to do about our high dropout rate when all they need is to look at their local school boards. Our local boards punish good students and force them to drop out. As a parent of three, I had to fight tooth and nail to get my oldest to school, but I did it. Now, I have one left, my youngest, who really likes school but has a heart condition.