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Today's Opinions

  • Perhaps it’s time for homemade gifts

    Seafoam Green. I’ll probably remember the name of that color until I’m old and grey.

    It was the color of yarn I used when my mother first taught me how to knit. That was somewhere in my formative years, probably before I hit the big 1-0.

    Over the years, I’ve remembered, and then forgotten, all she ever taught me, and inevitably, when she visits I ask the same question. “Okay, how do you cast on again?”

    But it was that first lesson that would result in a lifetime love for needlework.

  • Christmas in New Castle

    Christmas in New Castle, formerly Light Up New Castle, is this Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.

    The twilight parade will begin lining up at New Castle Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and the route of the parade will come Church Street to Main Street, through town to East College Street to North Property Road and back to the elementary school.  All floats, cars, horses, etc. will be decorated for Christmas with decorations and lights. There is still room in the parade for you to participate.

  • Industries engaging in poor business practices shouldn’t get bailouts

    Six weeks after Congress passed an unprecedented $700 billion bailout bill to help stabilize American financial institutions and the economy, another industry appeared before Congress in hopes of receiving a cash infusion from the U.S. government.  During the week of November 17th, General Motors, Chrysler and Ford testified in the House and Senate about their joint request for $25 billion in loans to help meet operating expenses, payroll and settle accounts with suppliers.

  • Judiciary as we know it is 30 years old

    int, Kentucky’s judicial branch is the same age as the executive and legislative branches, all of which were officially formed when our Constitution was adopted in 1891.

    In reality, however, the judiciary as we know it is only little more than three decades old.  Voters created it in 1975 when they did away with an often confusing variety of courts and replaced them with the orderly system we have today.

  • Eminence Speaker thanks community

    On behalf of Eminence Speaker LLC and its Amazing Race Committee members, Sherry Watts, Charlotte Barnett, Shannon Rose, Kara Olson, Chad Potts, and Chris Rose, we want to express our sincere thanks to everyone who participated or played a role in our first annual Amazing Race event on Friday, Nov. 14.   For 42 years, Eminence Speaker LLC has always been extremely proud to call Eminence its home.  With community leaders, citizens and business owners such as yourselves, surely there are few communities anywhere that rival the City of Eminence.

  • Those elves that sit on my shoulders

    I was relaxing over coffee the other morning, fondly gazing at the pictures of our five children that sit on top of my kitchen cabinets when suddenly, for no obvious reason, my attention shifted. Delicate little cobwebs lacing from picture to picture came into my focus.  I hadn’t noticed them before, but like an optical illusion, the pictures receded and the little filaments draping the frames - and, yes, also hanging from the ceiling - jumped out at me.  Thus can one’s peace of mind be so easily disturbed.

  • Progress being made in energy conservation

    Over the last several years, the General Assembly has re-doubled its efforts to make Kentucky a leader in energy production and conservation.

    This process has evolved with the successful passage of House Bill 1 and House Bill 2, which include new rounds of tax incentives to boost alternative fuel sources and to encourage homes and businesses alike to curb their power needs. Legislators have also invested millions of dollars to further clean-coal research, and we have pushed to make state government’s buildings and automotive fleet more environmentally friendly.

  • Thanks to local support, exercise was a success

    The full scale exercise at Safety-Kleen on Oct. 4 was very successful and involved all emergency personnel including Fire/Rescue departments, EMS, Sheriff’s Office, KSP and Coroner’s office with employees of the plant acting as victims of an explosion. We also had an excellent exercise at Homestead Nursing Center on June 21 which simulated a boiler explosion and also involved Fire/Rescue, EMS and Henry County Sheriff’s office in the evacuation of residents and staff of that facility. Both events had good media coverage by the Henry County Local.