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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Thanks for city wide yard sale

    “Thanks” to the Eminence City Council for giving its approval for a city-wide yard and garage sale that was held in our community on August 9. This was the first time Eminence had held an event of this nature. In conjunction with the National Garage/Yard Sale Day, things worked well. The NGYSD, is a time when communities work together to reduce, reuse and recycle merchandise that would otherwise be thrown away.

  • Blackberry picking in Henry County

    When I was growing up on our farm in New York State, my mother called them “blackcaps.” Here in Henry County, we call them “blackberries,” and, while no expert, I am pretty sure they are the same thing.

  • 2008 Olympics - in the blink of an eye

    Don’t bother calling it swimming anymore. You might as well call it Phelpsing.

    Many of us, by now, might be tired of hearing Michael Phelps’ name, or seeing him up on the gold medal platform, or hearing that yes, yet again, he’s broken another world record.

    If you blinked the other night, you missed an incredible end to a good race (better even than the 4X100-meter freestyle relay).

  • Thank you for a job well done

    This is just a note of appreciation for the good job done by the fire departments that responded to the recent fire in New Castle. I would also like to say thanks to the La Grange Fire Department for helping out with preventing the devastating loss of the whole block of buildings.

    Bruce Owens, Director, Henry County Emergency Management

  • Selfish hummingbirds?

    For several days I observed a beautiful female ruby-throated hummingbird. She sat just outside my dining room window. I watched as she perched on the branch of an old Mock Orange bush.

  • Do you know what your teen knows and thinks about alcohol?

    It is summer time and your teens may have had more free time on their hands. Most of our teens are making healthy choices this summer – like not drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, there are many who choose to drink. Most young people who start drinking before age 21 do so when they are about 13-14 years old. That is why parents and all adults should send a strong message that underage drinking is not okay.

  • Ode to the home grown tomato

    Guy Clark had it right. There’s nothing in the world better than a home grown tomato. Nothing.

    We have in our office a wonderful tomato fairy. She brings us bags of tomatoes throughout the summer. Tomatoes of all types find their way into our office, and our tummies, thanks to the hard work of an employee and her family, and their tomato plants’ generous over production.

    I don’t know how far back my love of tomatoes goes, but I can remember eating tomato and mayo sandwiches before I was 10.