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Opinion

  • My name is BreAuna Armstrong and I am an 8th grader at Eminence Middle School. Several months ago I began working on a Service Learning project for one of my classes. I decided to raise money for the Humane Society so I sat jars around town to collect donations. 

  • A prominent psychologist named Abraham Maslow coined a phrase for those occasional brief occurrences in life when circumstances seem to produce a sense of complete well being. Maslow called such ecstatic feelings peak experiences. While all of us suffer tragedies in our lives — I’ve certainly had mine — most of us also have peak experiences now and then, perhaps some more than others.

  • In the Summer of 2009, Henry County began to enjoy the benefits of an expanded recycling opportunity. Our County Judge and Fiscal Court included in the last garbage collection franchise a provision that required the successful bidder to locate recycling collection bins at various sites around the county. I want to reiterate my appreciation to them for doing this. As a result, we all have the opportunity to recycle glass, tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles, plastic containers and many other recyclable items without driving as far as was once necessary.

  • Last week, as House leaders and I continued working on the final details of a budget plan that should be ready soon for a vote, the spotlight fell on our Judiciary Committee.

    On Wednesday, it approved two bills that have gotten a lot of attention lately, and both deal with our younger citizens.

  • My name is Corey Roberts and I go to Eminence Middle School. I am doing my eighth grade service-learning project on anti-bullying. During the week of Feb. 22–26, our school will be an “anti-bully zone.” We will be having poster contests for elementary students and poem contests for middle and high school students, with prizes being awarded to the winners. Thank you to Cook’s, Steel Technologies and Perry’s Tri-County Hardware and Lumber for donating money for prizes for the poster and poem winners.

  • Did you know that, on average, each American earns enough income to pay for their annual food supply in just 37 days? That’s just over 10 percent of our income. America’s farmers are unmatched in their ability to consistently produce an abundance of affordable food. And they continue to do this despite significant challenges and uncertainty on a daily basis, including inclement weather, damaging insects and other challenges.

  • Please allow me to take this opportunity to publicly thank Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy and Henry County School Resource Officer Mike Lucas and Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Webb. Both men recently spoke at a Youth Coalition training session, sharing information with the members about current alcohol and drug abuse in the community, as well as other high-risk activities and even crimes in which young people in our community are engaged.

  • Last week, as snow continued to fall, covering not just the landscape but the roads, I was one of those lunatics in the car and on the road — I had to work.

    I fell madly in love with our car last week, as its four-wheel drive held true, and there was nowhere I couldn’t go.

    But still, it was the hard, long, and undoubtedly cold work of a select group of folks that really helped make it possible.

    They had a job that, at times, had to be incredibly frustrating, as snow fell faster than it could be plowed, and then drifted back in tidal waves.

  • 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.