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Today's Opinions

  • County lost ‘truly dedicated citizen’

    With the recent death of former Henry County Magistrate John Allgeier, Henry County lost one of our truly dedicated citizens. Words can not express how much his friendship meant to me and to so many others whose lives he touched. Maybe he did a wedding for you or a family member. Maybe you called him about a road that needed repairing, or you met him while he was serving as a volunteer fireman.  Maybe he told you a joke, or laughed with you at the stock yard sales. Maybe he was just there when you needed a friend.

  • In response to “From bank to jail to classroom”

    The hiring of Bill Covington for EIS Special Education Teacher reinforces my continued admiration for the Eminence School Board, the Administration and Site Based Council.  Mr. Covington is a distinguished educator and since 1983 has tirelessly served the school as a coach, mentor to numerous youth, teachers and the administrative staff.  Mr. Covington’s financial support enabled scholarships, enhanced many programs and helped make EIS become the respected institution we have now.

  • HCA is lacking

    Any successful health care reform legislation must include three basic components: reform of existing government health care programs (like Medicaid and Medicare) to ensure efficiency and accessibility, reform the private market insurance system and enact tort reform to end frivolous lawsuits.  Without all three, we will fail in our shared goal of reducing health care costs for families, businesses and the government.

  • It’s time to think about heating efficiency now

    Normally, mid-summer is not the time many of us think about weatherizing our homes, even if cooler temperatures in recent days have felt more like early fall.

    If making our homes more energy efficient and saving money weren’t enough, there are 70 million more reasons why Kentuckians should start thinking about taking on energy-saving projects.  That is the amount of money Kentucky could receive for this program from the federal stimulus package that Congress approved in February to help local and state economies.

  • A chance at redemption for ex-banker

    Our lead story this week is about a man who many have told me is a good man. A good man who, unfortunately, did a bad thing.

    By many accounts, William J. Covington is a good person, a good community member. Some say the fact that he was convicted of bank fraud in U.S. District Court last year reflects only that his good intentions led him astray.

    Nonetheless, Mr. Covington plead to, and was convicted of, a very serious federal charge.

  • Harvest Showcase was fantastic

    My husband and I arrived at the Fairgrounds early Sat. morning for the ham breakfast — which was totally awesome.  We left about ll when the black clouds started rolling in, but we had a wonderful time looking at all the exhibits and animals,  talking with the Sheriff, the leather maker and the beautiful little lady from New Castle Methodist church who made the quilts, etc. My husand enjoyed the old tractors and I enjoyed Patrick Henry Hughes so much — what a wonderfully inspiring young man.

  • Kentucky regarded as safe

    For years now, Kentucky has regularly been regarded as a safe state.  The U.S. Census Bureau, for example, says we have the nation’s 10th lowest violent crime rate.

    Unfortunately, there are still far too many instances of those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.  According to the Kentucky State Police’s latest annual statewide report, a serious crime occurred every four minutes and 15 seconds in 2008, for 122,000 overall.

  • It’s the little ‘guilts’ that get you

    Opening the refrigerator this morning to get cream for my coffee, I saw IT again on the second shelf near the back.

    It is a half of a honeydew melon that for some reason has no sweetness. I made myself finish the first piece for breakfast two days ago and then I ate another slice for a pick-me-up that afternoon, but I just can’t bring myself to eat any more of it and, as my husband has no interest, it sits there in the refrigerator.