Today's Opinions

  • Letter on wet/dry issue: Stay dry and be safer

    It’s been with great interest I’ve followed the letters and comments about the issue of voting our county wet.
    I’ve been a proud Owen countian for some 45 years. I’ve considered most of the people here caring folks who want only the best for their neighbors. I’m no longer sure of that.
    Our thinking has become selfish and unbalanced. Money seems to be all many people care about — the taxes we can collect from the sale of alcohol.

  • Letter on wet/dry issue: We don’t need more alcohol

    I just wanted to send out one more plea to the Christians in this county. Be God’s soldiers and stand up for the right to protect our children and grandchildren from seeing and being able to buy alcohol in our stores as they grow up. If we turn our backs on this we will answer for it. If we all stand together and vote “No,” everyone, even if you don’t go to church, you can be against it. Don’t vote “Yes” just because someone asks you to.

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: Let your conscience guide you

    There are probably hundreds of Christians in Owen County who feel as I do concerning the wet/dry vote coming up on July 26.
    We are against the expanded sale of alcohol in our county. We will go to the polls and vote no.
    It will take a combined effort of all Christians, countywide, to get out and vote no on this issue.
    Scripture says that drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God (I Corinthians 6:9-10). Plus, our own conscience guides us to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.

    Pat O. Craigmyle

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: Look for divine help on issue

    Attention pastors in Owen County, please address from your pulpit we need to keep the county dry. If you have elderly people that need a ride to vote, help find them one.
    As an older lady living in Owen County almost all my life, I have seen a lot of changes in our world, some good and some bad. I pray we never see the change of Owen County voted wet.
    The Bible says we reap what we sow. We will reap great consequences if this is voted wet. Think about our teens and young people. They are tempted with enough.

  • Letters on wet/dry issue: What is best for the county?

    Each time I try and set a fence post on my rocky property, I am painfully reminded that my love of Owen County is not based on the quality of the land.
    No, my love stems from the way of life that can be found here. Owen County is set apart from its neighboring counties for one reason, and that is the good people who live here. The lifestyle we all enjoy has come as the result of our faithful citizens standing for what is best for the entire community.

  • Letter to the editor: Avoid heartache and just say ‘no’ to expanded sales

    On July 26, Christ followers have a chance to vote “no” to alcohol sales and protect our children and grandchildren from further heartache and family turmoil. I see this every day in my practice  —  extended family taking care of children whose homes have been torn apart by drugs and alcohol. I fought to preserve my father’s dental building, and I am fighting to preserve our way of life. Our children deserve the right to also grow up in a community without alcohol sales on every corner.

  • Letter to the editor: It's time to end prohibition in Owen County

    Here are some facts to consider:
    Trigg County, Kentucky decided to try to boost its economy and held a local-option election in the fall of 2009.
    It passed by 36 votes. They projected $1 million in sales as a result of the election, but they were wrong. It brought more than $2 million in gross sales. These figures do not include the non-alcoholic products purchased on the same visits.
    Here are some other noteworthy facts about their first full year of alcohol sales:
    Alcohol tax money received (city and county) for 2010 is nearly $130,000.

  • Letter to the editor: Owen countains already drink but who will benefit?

    On July 26, make your decision based on facts, not opinion.
    Over the last several months, I have heard that if Owen County becomes wet we will have more drunken drivers on the road and DUIs will increase; however, this has not been the case in other Kentucky counties.
    For example:
    • Danville — dry to wet DUI rate dropped by 33 percent
    • Pike County — dry to wet DUI rate dropped by 40 percent
    • Hopkins County — dry to wet DUI rate dropped by 48 percent