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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Superintendents commend boards

    As superintendents of Eminence Independent and Henry County Public Schools, we are extremely proud of the students and teachers, the administrators and the service workers who are the heart and soul of our school systems. And we are also proud of the district leadership this community has put in place through the members of our boards of education.

  • Thanks for donations to Adopt-A-Grandparent

  • Thank you for help with Eagle Scout Project

    This year marked the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts in the United States as well as the year that I completed the requirements necessary to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. I belong to BSA troop 109 which is sponsored by St. Francis in the Field Church in Prospect, but I live in Smithfield and wanted to thank all of my friends in Henry County who really helped make it possible for me to become an Eagle.

  • Agriculture remains a bright spot

    Although the economy has weathered some of its toughest years since the Great Depression, there has been one bright spot for Kentucky: Agriculture.  The new year, in fact, may just bring a new record with it.

    If all goes well, farm receipts could top $5 billion in 2011, or $1 billion more than just several years ago.