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Today's Opinions

  • Get a personal touch with the Christmas Cachet

    Bethlehem Postmaster

    In this fast paced, hurry up and get it done kind of world we live in, you can do just about anything without having to acknowledge another human being. Humor me, if you will, as I demonstrate a typical scenario:

  • 10th anniversary of tobacco settlement passed with little fanfare

    10th anniversary of tobacco settlement passed with little fanfare

    It didn’t receive a lot of fanfare, but late last month marked the 10th anniversary of the $206 billion dollar settlement between the states and the major tobacco companies.

    As many of you may know, Kentucky chose an innovative path for its portion of the money.  In 2000, the General Assembly set aside half for agriculture and half for programs to help our youngest and sickest citizens.

  • Recession has many causes

    Early this month, the National Bureau of Economic Research confirmed what many of us have long suspected: That we are officially in a recession, and have been for a year.

    There is no doubt that it has been a tough time for our economy, but that doesn’t mean the news has been bad for every sector.  One of the brightest spots, in fact, has been our community banks.

  • The 5th Quarter returns!!!

    5th Quarter is a great activity if you enjoy hanging out with your friends, meeting new friends, eating pizza, and being encouraged to do better.   I’ve attended most of the 5th Quarter gatherings in the past and found them to be a good way to have fun with my friends following a Friday night home basketball game.  There were several activities for Henry County and Eminence high school students to participate in.  Those of us who enjoy playing basketball would divide up into teams and play against one another.  Others who were not into playing basketball took

  • Henry Countians pull together for those in need

    I have lived in this community for many years and have seen how people here pull together to help their neighbors and friends in times of need. I have also been witness to strangers taking time out of their day to lend a hand where a hand is needed. Henry Countians are blessed to be part of such a giving community. There are so many organizations, churches, and county services that are designed to help anyone in need. Tri-County Community Action Agency is one of those organizations designed to help individuals in need of assistance and we also service senior citizens in the county.

  • 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.