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Columns and Editorials

  • 1961: Bethlehem Post Office busy at Christmastime

    1961

    Library receives $2,100 state grant

    The Henry county library has received a Kentucky state aid grant of $2,100, Fred Thompson, president of the library board, announced Monday.

    State aid for library and bookmobile service is awarded yearly on an achievement basis. This year’s grant to Henry County includes $1,000 which is received annually as a result of the successful Library District vote.

  • More tips for winning the coupon game

    The 12-week rule

    Generally, sales will repeat themselves every 12 weeks and it usually takes about 12 weeks worth of inserts to accumulate the coupons needed to take advantage of the sales. What you want to do is purchase the number of items that you and your family will use in three months.

  • All children deserve stable, loving families

    The holiday season is now underway and for many this means spending time with our family and friends. 

    Sadly, over 450,000 children are in foster care nationwide and do not have a permanent home this holiday season.  November is National Adoption Month, making this a great time to raise awareness about the importance of and need for finding permanent and loving homes for these children.

    While many of these children are temporarily separated from their families, about 115,000 are eligible for adoption.  

  • Mental health and substance abuse present persistent challenges

    One of the country’s most persistent challenges is finding ways to help those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues beyond their control.
    Federal figures show the number to be significant.  In 2008, it was estimated that 30 million Americans had received treatment for a mental health issue in the previous year, and about 22 million were believed to be addicted to drugs or alcohol.

  • Mental health and substance abuse present persistent challenges

    One of the country’s most persistent challenges is finding ways to help those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues beyond their control.
    Federal figures show the number to be significant.  In 2008, it was estimated that 30 million Americans had received treatment for a mental health issue in the previous year, and about 22 million were believed to be addicted to drugs or alcohol.

  • Vote yes on city, county options

    If it weren’t for our front page, you might not know there’s a wet/dry vote coming up.

    There’s been little discussion, very few phone calls and no letters to the editor about the local option votes to be held Dec. 13 countywide and for New Castle.

    Even the referendum on the Henry County Country Club vote in June generated two letters. And that involved just one precinct.

    Several years ago, when Eminence was considering by-the-drink liquor sales, there was plenty of public discussion for or against.

  • Addressing school bullying

    Bullying is one of the most common forms of violence seen in schools. A national survey conducted by the federal government in 2007-08 found that more than 55 million school-aged children have reported being a victim of bullying.

    There are many different ways a child can be bullied. Bullying can range from simple name calling to physical altercations.  Today cyber-bullying has grown in popularity. Children can experience bullying while online and their offenders often remain anonymous.

  • Budget will be top priority in 2012 
session

    When the General Assembly opens the 2012 Regular Session in early January, there is no doubt what the top issue will be: enacting the state’s budget for the next two years.  Redrawing state House, Senate and congressional districts, something done after each census, will likely be prominent as well, especially in the session’s opening weeks.

  • Using best practices to improve government

    Advances in computer and information technology are changing the way we live and work.  While the private sector has set the pace using new technology to improve performance, government lags behind.  The failure to adopt these best practices makes government agencies and programs less efficient in delivering service to Americans and less cost-effective for taxpayers.

  • Dinner conversation with Paul

    By Michael Duncan
    Pastor, Eminence Baptist Church

    I like having dinner with friends. The menu is immaterial, though a tasty meal well-served is nice. The best part of dinner with friends is the conversation. No matter how often I share dinner with a friend or friends, there is always something new to learn and share; and there is, of course, the joy of revisiting a shared past.