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Opinion

  • August is a special time of year, full of new beginnings.  Whether it is the first day of kindergarten, middle school, high school or college, each new school year brings excitement and new challenges for families, students, teachers and administrators.  Pat and I have two kids in college, three starting a new school year, and our eldest daughter is a teacher.  Our family is getting ready for an exciting new school year. 

  • As a former HCYFL coach, I appreciate Tommie Kendall’s HCL article last week to raise local awareness of the sudden drop in numbers of our youth football participation, particularly in the Eastern Elementary School District.
    A big factor that always seems to result in low numbers of kids playing for the Eastern Colts is the fact that the district covers such a wide, rural area. Some may feel it’s too much of a drive to get their kids to practice every day or that the cost involved is too much to pay.    

  • Do you remember the days when cruising was a weekly event?
    Or the days of the Eminence v. Henry County football games?
    Or how about B&D Video or Lola’s Restaurant in Eminence?
    Or, better yet, do you remember the days of Big Henry?
    If so, you’re probably from Henry County.
    It’s the latest Facebook rage — community pages where folks share their favorite memories from the communities they grew up in. The memories are touching, funny, sad and some a smidge risque.

  • Pain was clearly etched on her face, and she gripped her daughter’s hand like a vice while a registered nurse changed a wound dressing.
    Within a few minutes the change was complete, the vacuum pump for the wound turned on and Mary did the strangest thing.

    She thanked the RN despite the obvious pain she had just caused. “Thank you, hon,” she said, squeezing the nurse’s hand.

    Mary is one of two women in my life who I am proud to call mother, though her title has a step- in front of it.

  • Our country is facing a debt crisis.  The federal government currently borrows 40 cents of every dollar it spends.  This year the government will spend $1.5 trillion more than it takes in, adding to a national debt that is already more than $14.3 trillion, two and a half times the size it was just a decade ago in 2001.

  • Summer is here and we’re already seeing the dreaded headlines about children who are left inside hot cars, leading to heat stroke and even death.

    Since 1998, at least 13 children in Kentucky have died as a result of being left inside sweltering vehicles while their parents or caregivers shop, go to work or run errands. It’s just another example of the abuse and neglect that plagues Kentucky’s children.

  • One of the Commonwealth’s most famous authors, Jesse Stuart, once wrote that “if these United States can be called a body, Kentucky can be called its heart.”

    He was referring to more than just our location, of course, but his words have proven prophetic in a geographic sense as well.  It turns out that our literal place in the world is a great place to be when it comes to helping the world get what it needs.

  • The Henry County Public Library would like to thank the fine people of Henry County and the surrounding areas for a truly magical month.

  • A few weeks ago, it would have been safe to say not a single foreign terrorist in the world could find Bowling Green, Kentucky, on a map. But after the ill-advised decision of the Obama Administration to try two foreign fighters in a civilian federal court in Bowling Green, they probably know where it is now.

    Over the past few weeks, a broad bipartisan coalition of concerned local, state, and federal leaders have expressed deep concerns with the prospect of trying these enemy combatants in Kentucky.

  • This letter is for all the people that have had flowers, vases and wreaths stolen from a loved one’s gravesite. It’s as if we haven’t had enough grief after losing someone that they add to the agony by taking these items. You will have to answer for these deeds on judgment day and hopefully you will think before you do this again!

    Bruce and Lillian Owens
    New Castle

  • To whoever is stealing flowers from the New Castle Cemetery: Many people like to keep flowers on the grave of family members. It is bad when you have to replace them two or three times a year because someone steals them. I know the wind blows them off sometimes, but other times people take them. I am sure everyone who has had flowers missing would appreciate it if you would stop.

    Tommy Singleton
    Campbellsburg

  • One of the country’s biggest challenges over the next few decades is ensuring that the “golden years” truly live up to their name for our older citizens.

    As more Baby Boomers begin turning 65 – the first began celebrating that milestone birthday in January – this group of citizens promises to be a fastest-growing demographic for quite some time.

  • It was a seemingly innocuous comment. “I bought one of those Hot Pots,” a friend said. “I got tired of waiting for the tea kettle to boil water.”

    It was a sign of many things, not the least of which is how my friend and I have changed, or how our ways have parted, in the last 10 years.

    Waiting for a tea kettle to boil is among my favorite things in the morning.

  • Each year parents have the opportunity to be elected as a parent representative for the HCHS School Based Decision Making Council (SBDM).

    The council is composed of the principal, three teachers and two parent representatives.

  • This year marked the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts in the United States as well as the year that I completed the requirements necessary to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. I belong to BSA troop 109 which is sponsored by St. Francis in the Field Church in Prospect, but I live in Smithfield and wanted to thank all of my friends in Henry County who really helped make it possible for me to become an Eagle.