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Opinion

  • My name is John Waltz and I am running for Congress because I share the frustration and anger that so many other people are feeling this year.  Our government is not functional and I am tired of watching those who are supposed to represent us play their own political games.  

  • I write in support of Wanda Crupper Hammons for Magistrate, 2nd District, in Grant County.  Wanda Crupper Hammons, a life-long resident of Grant County,  is honest and hard-working, part-time employee of the Dry Ridge Fire Department.  Wanda is certified in multiple roles in emergency services and has served in that role for 12 years.  Wanda Crupper Hammons also has a backround in administraion having been previously employed for 15 years of the Grant County Board of Education in budgeting and human resources.

  • Brian Linder is presently magistrate for Dry Ridge, District 2. He is a Grant County native and has  remained here all his life. I have known him since he was born.

    I have always found him to be honest, truthful, hardworking and to have used integrity in all of his actions. He has worked hard for the citizens of this county and has sacrificed money and time to be a magistrate, so that he can make a positive difference in our government.

  • I would like to publicly thank Judge Executive Darrell Link for his prompt attention regarding an accident I had in March of this year.

  • In the state of Kentucky, it is the job of the magistrate to oversee the spending of our tax dollars.  Read that again and let it sink in.

    Brian Linder is the person for this job. His experience alone speaks for itself. His daily job for the Owen County RECC is to save us money.  Not for a big company, but for us. Right now, money is hard to come by, and even harder to keep, yet government spending seems to be at an all time high!  Why do I have to stay within my budget, when the government doesn’t have to?  

  • For the years I have known Wanda Hammons, I have known her to be honest, full of integrity, full of character and extremely energetic. She stays busy and prefers it that way. What impresses me the most is her love for her community and its people, and she is always willing to stand up for what is right, regardless of the repercussions.

    Simply stated, Hammons is ‘good people.’ I am proud to speak up on her behalf on whatever endeavor she pursues.

    Darren Graham, NREMT-P, AS, FPC

    Base Manager, PHI 6

    Williamstown

     

  • Wanda Hammons, candidate for Magistrate District 2, is an extraordinary woman with numerous talents and abilities. How fortunate for Grant County that she will devote herself to continued service for the community that she dearly loves.

    Hammons and I worked together for many years for the Grant County Board of Education. I served as director of federal programs and she served as my administrative assistant. She is highly intelligent, energetic, organized and compassionate.

  • I am writing this letter to tell you about Harvey Perleberg who is running for the office of jailer of Grant County.

    I knew of him from my brother, Mike Louis, who was in jail at the time he worked there. My brother told me that if it wasn’t for Mr. Perleberg, he would have had a hard time.

    Perleberg went out of his way to make sure he had tooth ache medicine and paid for it out of his own pocket. That small act of kindness changed my brother’s life. After he served his time, he moved south and raised a family and has never been in trouble again.

  •  “There are no easy answers but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.”  - Ronald Reagan  

  • Calling all Grant Countians who care about the future of their community!

    Here’s your chance to speak up.

    The Grant County News and Grant County Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsoring a “Meet the Candidates” Night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at Williamstown High School.

    Candidates for judge-executive, jailer, coroner, magistrate, mayor and city council will be answering questions that you think are important.

    So here’s your chance to let the Grant County News staff know what you want the candidates to be asked.

  • I want the folks in your community to know what great band parents are in the Williamstown and Grant County High School band program. Our band pit trailer recently got caught in between two barriers, seeing that we were actually going to pick the trailer up and physically move it, 15-20 of those band parents jumped in and got us on unstuck.

  • I want to commend the Grant County High School football coaches and players regarding their courteous, polite, and respectful conduct they exhibited during their trip to their football game at Anderson County.

  • A few days ago, I took a min-vacation to a few midwestern states. At one point, I stopped at a state capitol administration department to obtain points of interest information. Surprisingly all the state workers had been replaced by a special group from India (seems there is not any one in the U.S. of A. smart enough to work the state computers). Due to the language difference, I could not explain what I wanted, nor understand what they were saying to me. Needless to say, I left without the information. In frustration, I decided to return home, ending my trip.

  • If our lawmakers passed a law saying that green-eyed people could no longer vote, wouldn’t we be incensed? All green-eyed people would rise up in protest, and I among them. There would be demonstrations in the streets. Yet many of us, who are eligible to vote, will never go near the polls on Election Day. The turnout for Grant County for our primary election was only around 25 percent.

  • How many have heard if you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all?

    While this may be an antiquated notion by younger generations, it applies to those working for and with the public.

    There is NEVER any reason for a public official or public employee to curse or name call.

    At a recent fiscal court caucus meeting, heated discussion took place over operations at the Grant County Animal Shelter.

  • It’s no secret that I like a good corndog and funnel cake and some of the best of both can be found at the county fair and even better ones can be found at the state fair.

    I went to the state fair this year along with a host of Grant County 4-H ham project kids and their parents.

    Grant County was well represented as the 4-H kids brought home many blue and red ribbons in only their first year of country ham competition.

    Other Grant County 4-Hers and adults earned ribbons for photography, sewing, baking, art work, showing animals etc.

  • I’m probably the only person in this county that feels this way, but in my humble opinion, the Grant County Animal Shelter is taking itself a bit too seriously.  

    Now, I care as much as anyone about animals. All my life I have cared for and been surrounded by a whole host of animals. But with this comes a dose of common sense. To have a pet, you have to be able to accommodate it and it fit to your needs, etc.

  • There is a segment of the U.S. population cheerleading in favor of the ground zero mosque. One must ask, why? Imam Rauf says that it is for reconciliation. Really! Mohammed teaches that it is fine to lie to an infidel if it promotes Islam. I do not believe him. Why does he call it “The Cordoba Project?” When Islam defeated Christian Spain, the third largest mosque in the world was erected in Cordoba, Spain, to signify Islams victory over Christianity.

  • When you are a kid, you don’t realize how quick life is. You want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything, especially when you have someone special in your life.

    Last week, I was covering the sporting events on Sept. 18, looking forward to a big moment that evening at Oktoberfest in Cincinnati, my proposal to my girlfriend Jessica Lynn Purnell.

    For two weeks I had the ring stashed away waiting for that special Saturday. It seemed like an eternity to get here.

  • I have been searching the latest editions of the Grant County News expecting to see an article on the passing of a resolution of support for the State of Arizona by the Grant County Fiscal Court. In this resolution the citizens of Grant County expressed their approval of the Arizona law that allows the local police to check the immigration status of people who are guilty of a criminal offense and gives the officer a reason to suspect they are not in this country legally.