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Opinion

  • Students may be settling into their summer break, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to put away report cards just yet.  This is the time of year when we learn more about the progress our schools have been making.

    As it has been for some time now, the news is good.

     

    For the full story, see this week's Henry County Local, available on newsstands across the county.

  • I had a chance on Saturday to go to the Fish Fry with my wife and kids at the New Castle Fire House. We had a very good time Everyone was just so friendly and helpful. You know they do a lot for our community with their volunteering and fund raising. They are always ready to do what needs to be done. We have a lot of fine folks, men and women in the local fire departments working to make Henry County a better and safer place. I cannot speak for others but as per the Cook family we are very proud of you guys and girls and we appreciate all that you do.

  • On behalf of the New Castle Lions Club, I would like to thank everyone that came out to our fourth annual truck and tractor pull held at the fairgrounds May 14 and 15.

  • When the phone rang at Coomes Law Office, Earl “Hammer” Smith was calling from the Henry County History Center.  Mr. Smith was looking for old yearbooks from Eminence High School.  My husband, Ben, advised him to call the library.  Mr. Smith told him that he had tried both the school and Henry County libraries only to be told they didn’t have any Eminence yearbooks. 

    “What years are you looking for?” Ben asked. 

     

  • When the General Assembly finished its legislative session in mid-April, there remained, as always, a number of unresolved bills, either because the House and Senate could not agree or time ran out before a compromise could be reached.

    Most of this legislation will have to wait until next year before it has another chance to become law.  Several other bills, however, will be debated again this week, as legislators return for a special session called last Thursday by Governor Beshear.

  • Every morning, as my husband passes by the couch where I normally sit with my coffee reading, he pats my head gently as he heads upstairs to shower and dress for the day.  He rarely says anything – just taps my hair and caresses it affectionately as he passes by. It is astounding what an effect this simple gesture has on me. It induces an indescribably relaxed feeling that my world is good and I am too. It’s a wonderful way to start my day.

  • I am proud to say I was raised in Eminence and was a 1966 graduate of Eminence High School.  I am very familiar with the town, the people and of course, Buddy Berry.

    Since I am Buddy’s uncle, I have known him all of his life and there is not another single person that I have met in my lifetime that I respect more than Buddy.  He was an outstanding student, athlete and citizen in his youth and has matured into a caring parent, educator and role model as an adult.

  • We are nearing the time where many young people will celebrate a lifetime of accomplishments as they graduate from high school and move toward their life goals.  Family and friends will gather together for a festive occasion to commemorate this awesome milestone.

    Traditionally, this is also a time when alcohol enters into the mix and brings tragic results for all involved.  Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among American youth and it kills 5,000 teens every year.

  • Just over a month ago, Americans watched with some apprehension as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law.  Time and again, taxpayers were promised that health care reform would slow the growth of health care costs for families, businesses and government.  Although the dust has barely settled, new revelations about the impact of the act suggest that, despite the promises, it will increase health care costs for individuals, businesses and taxpayers.

  • I believe that the school board made an excellent choice. In my acquaintance with Buddy I have found him to be a sharp, polite, intelligent, caring person. He could have chosen a career in the construction industry, but decided to blaze his own trail of educating young people and helping them to be all they could be. The pupils are already excited and I feel that Buddy is up to the challenge to take EIS to the next step of excellence in education Once again I commend the school board for this excellent choice.

    Garold Hyatt

     

  • Do you watch the reality shows on television?  The number and variety of topics for such programs boggle the mind. Yet it seems as if there’s a promo for a new reality show every week.

  • I have known Buddy Berry for the last seven years. Buddy is extremely intelligent and there is not a more dedicated, harder worker out there. Buddy will give 110 percent and I feel will be a success. I think Eminence made a wonderful choice for superintendent, because Buddy deeply cares about Eminence.

    Shawn C Woosley

     

  • As the May 18 primary election nears, I ask the voters of Magisterial District No. 1 to consider voting for Danny Meadows. His past experience speaks for itself. Danny has served several years as an Eminence City Councilman, past member and officer of the Eminence Optimist Club, board member of the Henry County Country Club, actively involved as a volunteer coach and organizer for various Henry County youth sports programs, and employed in sales and manufacturing for over 27 years at Eminence Speaker LLC.

  • I want to commend the New Castle City Commission for acting to provide curb side pick-up of recyclables. This voluntary program is progressive and sets a good example for our community.  We all need to do our part to protect the environment. I am confident that this program will encourage many to participate in recycling who wouldn’t  otherwise. Thank you Commissioners for your farsightedness.

    Bill Brammel

  • In response to your article regarding my actions as the mayor and the letter to the editor, I feel a response is in order to protect my integrity and that of my decision making  Graham Whatley, our newly acquired lawyer.

  • What a difference two months makes.

    On March 1, Pleasureville had its last, and now infamous, wild meeting. It was what I referred to as a Jerry Springer like atmosphere.

    Since then, three of the four commissioners who were on the commission have resigned — though one, Gary Grigsby, resigned only because he moved from Pleasureville to Shelbyville.

    Citing health concerns, Sandra Woods resigned after the February meeting.

  • Of course.  When I first moved my family to the Eminence School district in 1989, one of the most impressive things about Eminence was the small town, homey feeling which included a young superintendent with children in the school who had a vested interest in what happened in the building!  Now, I have grandchildren in Eminence Independent Schools and I look forward to what Buddy Berry brings to the table as superintendent.

  • The FDA’s job is to ensure the safety of the things marketed as food for our bodies, which they have done time and again with poisonous drugs, chemicals and food additives. By restricting sodium in processed foods they are not removing anything from the shelves or the restaurants. They are making sure the giant multinationals that profit from adding cheap additives, fillers and chemicals must make higher quality products. Is higher quality a bad thing? Obviously not.

  • There is a fellow named John Logan Brent that sounds like a broken record, and people I speak to are not buying it. His statement, “I’ll not take the blame for the wording on a piece of paper that was created 20 years ago, long before I ever took office” has gotten old. Will he take the blame for something he was made aware of four years ago or how about five years ago?

  • I’ve covered some weird meetings in the last eight years. As I’ve reported earlier this year, some of those have been down right wacky.

    But Monday night’s meeting of the Campbellsburg City Council was downright odd.

    Discussion about the city’s fire department, its reconstruction and its funding took up more than half of the 150 minute meeting.