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Letters

  • Anger at protests

    In response to Mr. Joseph Yates’ letter published in the March 1 edition of the Local, specifically to the last paragraph, I’d like to comment.  

    Mr. Yates states that he “cannot recall any crowd coming together to demonstrate against a sitting congressman, ever.”  Well, I can’t either, but I believe I can offer some insights.  

  • About Lincoln

    After reading the letter from Joe Yates, I am reminded of that old adage: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.”

    Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President, would still be very proud of the present-day Republican. (And because Mr. Yates is mistaken, to clarify, the Henry County Republican Party has an annual chili dinner each February around Lincoln’s birthday, and will proudly host its annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner later this spring).

  • Crossing party lines

    On Saturday, March 4, Henry County residents showed their support of economic growth by crossing the fences of party lines and joining together for the first meeting of We The People of Henry County. 

    The goals of the organization are to bring the community together to be involved in local issues, to build interest in expanding the I-71 corridor, encourage pro-growth which includes growing a budget and rainy day fund, and networking with organizations to help grow our community. 

  • Dinner misnamed

    A couple of Saturdays ago, the local Republican Party held its annual “Chili Dinner” at our county fairgrounds. Fourth District Congressman Massie attended, as well as an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, Larry Elliott. I’m sure Mr. Elliott is very good at what he does — Congressman Massie, not so much. But I digress.

  • Ethics still important

    Our state senator Paul Hornback co-sponsored SB152 which says exactly this: “Amend KRS 6.716 to reduce the ethics training time requirement for members of the General Assembly from three hours to thirty minutes and remove CLE eligibility; repeal KRS 7.101 requiring sexual and workplace harassment training for General Assembly members.”

  • New activist group

    Activism has seen a resurgence in the United States that hasn’t been seen since the Civil Rights Movement, and it has found roots in Henry County as well. The Women’s March held on Jan. 21 drew JoAnn Adams and Karen Shannon to the streets of Washington, D.C., and they returned with a vision. They began pursuing that vision on Feb. 8 when they hosted a small gathering of like-minded folks at the Low Dutch Meetinghouse in Pleasureville with the goal of fostering freedom and justice and standing up to hate and intolerance.

  • Ducking protestors

    A letter in last week’s edition of the “Henry County Local” referred to a peaceful demonstration that occurred during a recent Republican-sponsored event attended by Rep. Thomas Massie. When it ended, rather than face those who had gathered in opposition to some of his policies, he ducked out a back door and was whisked away.

  • Fundraising dinner coming up

    It’s that time of year again. The 25th annual Eminence Education Foundation Dinner and Silent Auction is fast approaching. This year’s event will be held Saturday evening March 4. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. and buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with a live auction.

  • Voiced concerns over policies

    Congressman Thomas Massie attended an event in Henry County on Saturday and was met by supporters and resistors alike. I took the opportunity to show my concerns over Mr. Massie’s proposed legislation in regards to our community. How fortunate we are to live in a country where we enjoy freedom of speech and the right to assemble peaceably.

  • The decency and humanity of Muslims

    It’s hard to dislike an entire group of people once you know a lot of them. When Latino farmworkers first began moving to Henry County, I was pleased to see people here making sure they were welcome. When hard-working, upstanding families are helping with your farm work and going to school with your children, you start to see them as people and not stereotypes.