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Today's Opinions

  • Eminence resident thankful for holiday help

    My name is Jimmy Goodloe and at the start of November, I became sick at home and had to be admitted to the hospital for almost a week. I ended up having to take two months off of work as I was too sick to go back to work.

    If not for family and friends, myself, my wife and my son would not have had a Thanksgiving dinner and I want to say from me and my family, thanks for everything they did for us.

  • What does the President’s “budget freeze” really mean?

    During his annual State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for a five-year freeze on discretionary spending.  I appreciate the President’s recognition that limits must be placed on federal spending. 

  • Local staff recognized by KPA

    Every year, come the third weekend in January, journalists across the state converge upon Louisville or Lexington for the annual Kentucky Press Association convention.

    The convention holds a variety of seminars, each introducing new ideas, but the highlight of the convention comes on Friday night — the awards banquet.

    It’s there that the hard work we do throughout the year is formally recognized.

    And this year, I’m pleased to tell you that your home-town paper earned second place general excellence in the mid-sized weekly division.

  • Thanks for support over the years

    After 25 years Mary and I have decided to close the retail operation of Barnett Lumber Company the end of the month. Along with Craig we will continue to operate the construction side of Barnett Lumber. We will continue to build new homes, churches, etc., including selling and installing kitchen cabinets.  I plan on slowing down and will be “Craig’s helper” with him taking the lead.

  • Promoting pride and progress in HC

    In 2010, the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, for the first time, issued awards to a variety of individuals and businesses in Henry County. The awards recognized those folks for their unique contributions to the county.

    Those awards return again in 2011.

    Outstanding Emergency Services Personnel —All emergency personnel, paid and volunteer, are eligible for this award, which recognizes the winner’s role in the county’s emergency services.

  • Stigmatizing the mentally ill creates barriers to treatment

    Like many others, I heard the initial news reports of the shooting in Tucson with a sense of profound sadness and déjà vu. I recalled a number of similar tragedies including the one not long ago at Virginia Tech.

  • New Congress must move forward with the priorities of the American people

    A positive start during the first few days of the 112th Congress took a tragic turn on Jan. 8 when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8) was attacked leaving her in critical condition, more than a dozen others injured and six dead. The shooting has shocked and saddened all Americans, who now pause to reflect on the violence and pray for the victims and their families.

  • Shelden’s death is a wake-up call

    I’m sure that somewhere there’s a statistic for everything.

    And somewhere in those statistics likely rests the number of people who die in their homes each year because of extreme cold or extreme heat.

    When Henry County coroner Jimmy Pollard called me Monday morning to tell me of the death of Myra Shelden, it weighed heavy on my heart.

    Shelden was found in her home on Friday night, with preliminary results indicating she died from hypothermia.