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Today's Opinions

  • Ike made getting home a bit difficult

    I’m sure most of us will remember where we were when hurricane force winds ripped through the midwest, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands, just in our little neck of the woods.

    In fact, I was in the woods when the winds hit.

    I gave in to what has become a regular weekend urge, and went for a hike Sunday morning. I laced up my now well worn boots, tossed the backpack in the truck and made for Clifty Falls State Park.

  • Rethink skate park idea
  • Park could be community effort

    I am writing today on the topic of the Eminence public pool. The Making Waves Foundation has raised several thousand dollars from the community in an effort to restore our city pool. Shawn Bright said in the newspaper article regarding the restoring of the pool “that was a lot of money for one group of kids.” Since the estimates kept rising out of control, the city pulled the plug on the pool project and now we are left with thousands of dollars and still nothing for the kids to do.

  • Drinking age debate ignores the facts

    Submitted by Deanna Felts

    Prevention Specialist, Seven Counties Services, Inc. Regional Prevention Center

  • Visiting my old Kentucky Barn

    When my husband and I first moved to Henry County about ten years ago, we agreed that our little century-old farmhouse, while badly in need of serious upgrading, was nonetheless charming and felt immediately like home. We both loved our mix of woods and pastures, our long winding driveway, and the ponds scattered here and there. What we did not share feelings about was an old barn that stood just sixty yards from a shiny new metal one and directly in view from the house.

  • Suicide prevention week

    September 7 through September 13 is Suicide Prevention Week. This is the one topic that many would love not to talk about. It’s one of the elephants in the living room. Why is it that we can talk about alcohol/drugs, breast cancer, heart, diabetes or any other medical problem, yet suicide is one that we can’t or won’t talk about?

    Every 16 minutes someone completes suicide, every 17 minutes someone is left behind to ask, “Why?”

    In Kentucky here are some of the facts about suicide:

  • State push to prevent, protect underage drinkers

    Over the years, as the number of counties offering alcohol has increased, there has been a greater push by the state to ensure that underage drinkers are being protected.

    It’s been a largely successful effort so far, according to information from the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), which has two main programs that ensure those serving alcohol know the law, and know that they are being watched.

  • Kentucky health assessment isn't positive

    In recent months there have been a series of reports from state and national organizations that have given us a much clearer picture of Kentucky’s collective health. Unfortunately, their overall assessment is not positive, due largely to problems that are preventable.

    Perhaps the most alarming statistic of all comes from the Kentucky Institute of Medicine, which found that no other state has a higher mortality rate. None of our 120 counties, in fact, is below the national average.