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Opinion

  • Each legislative session, the General Assembly spends much of its time focusing on three areas: education, the economy and public protection.

    It was the latter two that generated the most discussion in the state House last week.

  • My name is Sean Hoagland and I am an eighth grader at Eminence Middle School. I would like to get information on asking for community help with the Humane Society.  I am doing a community project for school and chose the Humane Society because of my love of animals.  Since volunteering at the Shelby Co. Humane Society (Henry Co. directed me there since their volunteer coordinator had a family illness), I have found out there is a huge need for donations.  The society runs on donations which are down due to our hard economy.

  • When I was a young girl growing up on a farm in upstate New York, my folks had a hired man named Shel Aikley. Given the custom in those days and the fact that he was probably 40 years older than I was, I always politely addressed him as “Mr. Aikley.” He gave me the feeling that he was fond of me, and, sure enough, years later at my wedding, he wept openly, as if he’d been my uncle.

  • Livestock producers, listen up! There is currently a bill being considered by our legislators that would seriously and negatively affect our ability to farm.

  • I was enjoying a nice ho-hum drive to work Feb. 3,when the rear end of an SUV caught my eye, and I had to turn around to get another look.

    Parked at the intersection of  Main and Cross Main in New Castle, the SUV had a campaign sticker for Bob Cook for Judge-Executive on the back window.

    The top of the sticker, of which I caught just a couple of words at first, was the part that made me turn my car around to take a second look.

    “The candidate the newspaper doesn’t want you to know about. Shhh!”

  • I attended the Feb. 1 meeting of the Pleasureville City Council regarding the second reading of the proposed property maintenance ordinance.

  • For the past 18 months I believe most will agree that times have been tough, everything from bills, to job security, or just trying to keep their heads above water. Throughout all the day-to-day struggles one thing stands out to me more than anything. We have some really great people in our community, people who volunteer their time to our children. People who spend hours on end to ensure our children are given the opportunity to be a part of something good. People who care and put forth a lot of time and energy to see that our children are able to be involved with positive good clean fun.

  • I believe that when someone does a good job they should be recognized for it. We have lived on New Cut Road for 16 years now and when we got any type of significant snow we were all just stranded. Mr. Payton would get out his tractor and plow the road using his own time and certainly his own expense (Thanks Mr. Payton), and it was like that for many, many years.  We all just planned on either staying at home and owning a four-wheel drive vehicle was a must.

  • With more than half of our state tax dollars going to our schools and universities, it’s no surprise that the General Assembly spends a fair amount of time during legislative sessions focusing on education.

    Already, for example, we have approved a new law designed to make Kentucky more competitive in the federal “Race to the Top” grants being awarded this spring and summer to states that show the most commitment to improving schools.

  • I have a friend who is refreshingly candid about her passionate love of shopping. She shops predominantly for clothes but she also enjoys finding furnishings for her home. While her husband makes a comfortable living, she zeroes in on sales and discounts. I’ve gone shopping with her and, for all of her zeal, she doesn’t buy on impulse. She has a clear idea about what she wants and she goes right after it.

     

  • When the General Assembly returns to the Capitol each January in even-numbered years, its top priority is never in doubt: Enact a budget to run state government for the next two years.

    The task begins when the governor submits his or her proposal during the opening days of the legislative session.  At that point, the House of Representatives decides what changes it might like to make, with the Senate then doing the same.  Leaders from both chambers then seek a compromise that is voted on in the session’s final days.

  • Despite President Barack Obama’s inaugural promise to create jobs and contain unemployment through passage of a stimulus package that would “provide an immediate jolt” to our economy, Kentuckians have been struggling with an unemployment rate above ten percent since May 2009.  Since the Democrat Majority’s stimulus legislation was signed into law almost one year ago, 3.5 million Americans have lost their jobs.  More than six million jobs have been lost since Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007.

  • The President of the United States must think we’re stupid.

    First, he gives bailout money to large “too big to fail” banks. Some of them didn’t want the money, but he forced them to accept our tax dollars anyway. Next, the banks pay back the bailout money, with interest, but that’s evidently not good enough. Now the President wants to tax banks approximately $90 billion. Wow, how wonderful, we’ll show those big, mean, banks.

  • A big thank you to the city and the residents of Eminence.  On Thursday night, Jan. 21, our Greyhound, Quandra, escaped out of our back yard at approximately 8:30 p.m.  She was gone for about 30 minutes when we realized that she wasn’t out there.  After searching until 1:30 in the morning of Jan.

  • It’s safe to say that local elected leaders have seldom faced a year like 2009 and the outlook for 2010 is equally challenging. The members of the Henry County Public and Eminence Independent Boards of Education have worked to preserve the district’s ability to educate our children in the face of a massive state budget shortfall and tough economic times at the local level.

  • I once heard a preacher say that the value of souvenirs or mementos is that they can serve to unleash a string of memories. I tend to agree.

  • In addition to the physical injuries sustained in conflict, countless servicemen and women have experienced psychological symptoms directly related to their deployment.

  • As the headline for this column indicates, I am passionate about cervical cancer. I firmly believe that no woman should die from this disease, particularly in the United States.

    And it’s a cause I am so fervently passionate about, that I’ll tell the story and repeat it over and over again, if it will save even one life. Parts of what I’m about to say are mildly graphic. But if we don’t talk about these things, they will continue to happen.

  • On behalf of the officers and employees of PBI Bank, I would like to thank our many contributors who helped make our 2009 “Christmas for Kids” party at Eastern Elementary possible.

    With your generous contributions, we were able to provide toys, goodie bags, hats and gloves, pizza and Santa Claus for 72 children who might not have had a wonderful Christmas otherwise.

  • I attended the Dare to Care food giveaway at the fairgrounds last month. It was a very needed and appreciated event. I want to thank the Dare to Care for all their hard work. Also, the county Judge (Executive) John Logan Brent and the Family Resource Center employees Renata Ingram and Debbie Hartford. Thank everyone for this caring event.

    Phyllis Brewer