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Today's Opinions

  • Spring Fling committee deserves a thank you, better coverage

    I am very upset that New Castle Spring Fling did not get the billing (it deserved). It is one of the most important festivals of the year.

    They work hard for five months to get the bands and singers, the food booths, and flea markets, all the games and the silent auction, parade. They work very hard to give you a nice day to enjoy and have fun.

    I think we should give a big thank you to them.

    Mary K. Henson

    New Castle

     

  • My husband is no Jack Sprat

    My husband and I have always had many things in common. We share a love for books, old country music, the peace and quiet of rural living, and spending time with our children and grandchildren. For the most part, our values and outlooks on life are in sync.  Neither of us is particularly hotheaded, and we both feel a sense of humor is necessary to cope with life’s inevitable frustrations. But when it comes to dietary issues, we are exact opposites. We’re like Jack Sprat and his wife from the old nursery rhyme.

    Jack Sprat could eat no fat,

  • Keeping our kids safe on the internet

    Through the Internet, kids can access online educational resources from some of our nation’s greatest institutions, like the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Museums.  The Internet also helps kids with homework and research projects, provides them with instant information about community events and local activities, and connects them with friends around the world.  While the Internet is a valuable tool in our children’s lives, as parents, we must be conscious of its potential dangers.

  • Three sides to ATV story

    You can say there is two sides to every stories but in this case you can say three. No, the ATVs are not everyday after school or during the week. But yes we do let our kids and family ride the ATVs in our yard and the families yard behind us. We also ride them too.

    I, September Tingle, took a petition around our neighborhood with the help of Donna Samples to ask our neighbors if they had problems with us riding our ATVs in our yards. If they did not have a problem with it, could they sign the paper. Out of 30 houses only seven did not sign. So what does that tell you?

  • Consider Leadership Henry County

    How much do you think you really know about Henry County?

    Leadership programs throughout the state have risen in popularity in the last ten years, and I’ve had the opportunity to go through two of them.

    In each, participants attend a series of themed days over the course of several months to learn about the various aspects of their county — its industry, schools, agriculture, government, human services and more.

  • Thanks for help painting playground equipment

    I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for their generosity in painting the playground equipment at our school for their community project. They, along with their parents, spent many hours on weekends and after school to paint swings, monkey bars, etc… beautiful vibrant colors. “Wow! Who did this? Our playground looks beautiful!” was the reaction by students and staff alike. We are fortunate to serve a community that supports our school. Our students are learning life lessons of the importance of giving back to the community.

  • Thanks to those who helped with daughter’s accident

    On May 14 my wife and I got the phone call no parent wants to get. Our daughter called screaming, “Help Me Mommy.” She was calling from inside her SUV that she had lost control of and overturned. We immediately called 911 and a State Trooper was there within a minute of our call. Emily was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital where we were told that she had a broken back. She was transferred to Kosair Children’s Hospital. She had surgery to repair her back, but will need extensive rehab for the next couple of months.

  • Issues left unsolved from regular session

    At the end of each legislative session, there are always several issues that remain unresolved, often because others dominate discussions or time simply runs out.

    The 2009 Regular Session was a textbook example of both of those in action. With less than two dozen days to debate bills, the General Assembly focused most of its attention on overcoming a sizeable budget deficit; significantly reforming the testing system that measures school progress; enacting a major highway plan; and implementing a better, more cost-effective approach to treating non-violent drug offenders.