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Opinion

  • As a resident of East Perry Street, I want to thank (Owenton Police Chief) Terry Gentry and his crew, Mayor (Wotier) and the city council for working on cleaning this street up – the speeding on a dead-end street, the drugs, the viscious dogs, and run-down property. It had gotten so bad everything you own had to be padlocked, even the gates on my yard fence. This is the first time in my life I have had to do this.

    The people who don’t see the problem must be the problem, because 90 percent of the residents on the street “see the problem.”

  • I understand that it is the media’s job to inform the public of news, crime, and entertainment. After reading last week’s paper about the East Perry “problems,” it struck me and other residents on this street as an offensive and degrading statement.

    The article had nothing constructive for the street and set a even more negative tone for it.

    East Perry is a community full of youth and diversity. What separates East Perry from any other street in this town?

    Nothing.

  • I am writing this in regards to the OCHS Veterans Day Luncheon.

    It was a wonderful lunch and the meal was quite good.

    The ceremony for the veterans was beautiful, but what impressed me most was how well-behaved the students were. Owen County should be proud of their young people. They were very respectful and courteous to all the veterans and their families.

    They made me proud to be from Owenton and glad my grandchildren will someday attend that school in the future.

    I thank the staff and students for a wonderful afternoon of honoring our veterans

  • There are three things that are constant for the middle of November:

    The leaves have all fallen off the trees.

    The temperature gets colder.

    The Bengals are eliminated from playoff contention.

    I guess one out of three isn’t bad.

    Who would have thought that at this time of the year it would be 70 degrees and the Bengals would be 7-2 and in first place in the AFC North? 

    Let me digress for just a moment and say that if this last weekend was an example of global warming, then keep it coming.  

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    The Canadian government has enacted a law that could endanger the entire burley tobacco industry. U.S. tobacco growers need President Obama and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to ensure that the Canadians honor their trade obligations and that other countries do not follow Canada’s lead in banning American blend cigarettes.

  • (I) traveled to Washington, D.C., Nov. 4-5 to encourage our congress to vote no on the health-care bill.

    There are many unhealthy proposals included in the bill including taxpayer-funded abortion and a generous portion to fund a private-sector military “Americorp” controlled by the President.

    Does this sound like a rerun from World War II? Please pray this bill does not pass the Senate.

    Already Medicare and Medicaid are in debt $42 trillion. Does this sound like another great adventure for our government to embark on? I pray not.

  • For too long, casino gambling has dominated the debate in Frankfort to the detriment of all other issues. Gov. Steve Beshear has advocated very little, if anything, beyond the expansion of gambling. Attorney General opinions throughout the years are divided. The Governor campaigned on “letting the people decide.” As recently as last year, members of House Democratic Leadership promoted a constitutional amendment to expand gambling.

  • 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