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Today's Opinions

  • Where have all the snowmen gone?

    With all due respect to Mother Nature, please, turn off the snow machine. Well, okay, more accurately, don’t turn on the ice machine again.

    While some of our residents may still be without power, I count my blessings that we were only out for about half a day.

    When our power conked out just after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, Derek and I huddled up with extra blankets, and the cats, and read. All day.

    We were a little stir crazy — not being able to check e-mail, or Facebook, or play a video game or two.

  • Community support appreciated

    This past summer, the Henry County athletic field house became a reality for athletes of the Henry County Public Schools. The indoor turf, weight equipment, lockers, training room equipment and various other items are top of the line, but would not have been possible without the tremendous outpouring of support from our community. A special thanks goes to the fundraising committee comprised of Mark Vaughn, Steve Williams and Lyndon Johnson. These gentlemen set and met the goal of raising $70,000 to fully equip the facility.

  • Council members thankful for help during emergency

    Monday night into Tuesday morning, Henry County received a winter storm that practically shut it down.  Residents lost power all over and police officers in Eminence set out to check on everyone, especially the elderly. The Fire Department opened their doors and was called on almost immediately. City workers had already started working overtime trying to make our streets passable. The Eminence City Council was opening the Community Center insuring that residents from all over had shelter.

  • Things I’d like to do ... my bucket list

    A recent movie called “The Bucket List” tells about two men, one terminally ill, who decide to take on a list of things they’ve always wanted to do before they ‘kicked the bucket” – hence the name. I am not terminally ill, thank goodness, but I have a ‘bucket list’ of my own. Unlike the goals in the film, mine are modest and inexpensive, even trivial, but then I never claimed that my life would be a blockbuster movie.

  • County blessed with generous residents

    Henry County is blessed with many generous hearts.  We’ve had so many people ask us what they could do to help the community.  Everyone knows that times are hard with this economy.  It has only made the kindness in the hearts of the community come together and want to help those less fortunate.  To the pastors, church groups, work groups, teachers and staff, students, families:  thank you!  We thank you for the food and supplies that many have brought in for our community pantry.  We thank you for the monetary donations and providing “Santa&rdq

  • Qualified candidates wanted

    The 2008 election season has come and gone.  It is now time to start focusing on future elections, specifically those involving our local government offices.  We are less than a year away from the filing deadline for county judge-executive, magistrates, sheriff, county clerk, prosecuting attorney and many other county and city-elected positions.  The filing period is between Nov. 4, 2009, and 4 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2010.  Now is the time to get involved for anyone considering candidacy in any of these local government offices,

  • Who’s watching the county?

    I do not understand the recent actions (or, better, inactions) of the Henry County Local. The Local promises to strive “for accuracy, fairness, and clarity in its coverage’ but recently has been failing to provide any of its promises.   A few  weeks ago the Local published the official notification of the audit of the Henry County Fiscal Court performed by state auditor Crit Luallen.

  • Kentucky roadways, the good and the bad

    One of the more welcoming trends in Kentucky in recent years has been our declining highway fatalities.  Though one is too many, there is greater evidence that increased seatbelt usage and the relatively new graduated driver’s license for teenagers is having the effect we in the General Assembly had hoped.

    In 2005, there were 985 people who died in automobile accidents on Kentucky’s roads, the highest total since the early 1970s. Fortunately, we have seen a steady drop since then, with last year’s listed at 822 – a nearly 17 percent reduction.