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Today's Opinions

  • I’ve concluded that I’m no gardener

    Several events over the past week have convinced me that, in spite of a lifetime of self-delusion, I am no gardener. I love gardens. I grew up surrounded by beautiful flower gardens that my father tended fastidiously. And in the summers we enjoyed the produce grown in a large vegetable garden in one of our fields. I can still remember the first juicy bites of warm tomatoes picked right off the vine.

  • 2009: The year of incentives

    Given the difficult economy the nation has seen in recent months, and the efforts by government to get it moving forward again, 2009 may long be remembered as the year of incentives.

  • Volunteers needed

    Wow! What an interesting year this has been so far! We have been lucky enough to have some wonderful volunteers at Tri-County Community Action Agency. The citizens of our community have really been an asset to our seniors; however, we need a few more to assist in the aging services programs. As an incentive, Sage Hospitality is offering a free or discounted hotel stay in any of their 53 hotels in exchange for 8 hours of volunteer service at a 501(c)3 organization (that’s us!). They call it Give a day Get a night and it is in effect until December 20, 2009.

  • Trials and tribulations in the rain

    It was the popular question last week. “Have you floated away yet?”

    No, I told my mother, we hadn’t. We live on a hill. Sort of.

    After two years of scorching summers with not nearly enough rain to suit the tastes of local farmers, this has been one water-logged summer.

    And as much as I know we need rain — but not in 1 inch, 30-minute downpours — sometimes I look at the sky and ask if enough isn’t enough already.

    The wild storms have given me some time to practice lightning photography ... with frustrating results.

  • Thanks for making safety a priority

    Last week brought about many very positive changes for students and parents of Henry County High School and Middle School.  One change appreciated by all is the turning lane that was installed in front of the middle school and high school campus.  As anyone who travels that route can tell you, it is a very welcome addition.  Parents, students, staff, bus drivers, community members and others just passing through are experiencing a much safer commute because of the efforts of State Representative Rick Rand, County Judge Executive John Logan Brent, and

  • Despite being landlocked, Kentucky has plenty of shore line

    Kentucky may technically be a land-locked state, but it certainly does not lack in shoreline.  Lake Cumberland alone, for example, has almost as much as our country’s entire Pacific coast, all 1,293 miles of it.

    No state outside of Alaska has more streams and rivers, and our 1,500 miles of navigable waterways are double the length of our interstates.

    In other words, we know water.

    It was with that thought in mind that House and Senate leaders decided earlier this year to create a committee dedicated solely to our streams, rivers and lakes.

  • Common sense ideas for health care reform

    We can all agree America needs healthcare reform, and an important debate is taking place in this country about how to best achieve that. I think answers can be found in the story of the government’s “Cash for Clunkers” and stimulus programs. The problems with these programs show why Americans are right to be skeptical of a government takeover of health care.

  • Bravo to Eminence Independent Schools

    Congratulations to the Eminence Independent Schools for hiring Bill Covington and giving him a second chance! We in Eminence are so fortunate to have a fine school and dedicated school board. Our chairman has served many years, surely does not give up easily. I would certainly hope every man should have respect and deserves a second chance in life.

    Now, my question, should this subject be the lead article in the county weekly newspaper?

    Carolyn Giltner,

    Eminence