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Opinion

  • 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

     

  • This city has a crisis on its hands. The fire station. At this time, it is inoperable. The fire department has one tanker truck in there, hoping the water the truck carries and needs doesn’t freeze. This information I got first hand from a volunteer firefighter.

    Here is a fact that everyone needs to grasp ... Campbellsburg needs the fire department. It is one of three vital services we need for our safety and our very lives. Police, fire and ambulance services are the ones that answer our calls for help. Remember, they can truly make a difference whether you live or die.

  • I am writing about the appellate court that granted the (Danny) May appeal. I think you did a great job in your story. I hope that everyone who read that article will see that there are a lot of people that are not getting a fair deal. And thank God someone from the Court of Appeals took time to research May’s court record, and found in his favor. Glory be to God in the highest. I hope that everyone will respond to that article.

    Leora Curry

    Mayfield

  • I am writing in regard to the May appeal story because I am one of the few people who have seen the records that exist which contain certain statements made by the state that are in my opinion very wrong for a person of the court to make when they are involved in the case that decides the fate of that person.

  • After reading the Dec. 9, 2009 article published on the case against Danny May, I begin to wonder what happened to our “fair and impartial” Judicial system.  If something like this can happen to a guy like Danny, whom I’ve known for more than 15 years, then it could happen to just about anybody.

    I didn’t want to believe that someone with an outlook on life like Danny  could have ever done such things, but at the same time I began to have my doubts towards his innocence after his conviction.

  • I assure you that I did not intend to herald in a new year and a new decade on a negative note but some recent circumstances have provoked me to the point where I feel compelled to vent a little. It’s about Rumpke trash cans — let me explain.

  • After reading last week’s editorial in the Henry County Local, I feel I should address some of the issues raised.

  • For all Henry County residents there are two new opportunities for assistance that you may be interested in.  First, on the last Wednesday of each month the Dare to Care Mobile Food Pantry will be at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 3 to 6 p.m. The Henry County and Eminence Schools Family Resource Centers have taken the lead on this new program and are doing an excellent job with it. The mobile pantry came to Henry County for the first time last month. It served an estimated 250 people, providing them with a box of food which included meat and potatoes.

  • At the end of the year, and with an eye on the beginning of another legislative session, the General Assembly often receives studies from a handful of special committees formed to study a single issue.

    2009 was no different, with at least five providing their findings in recent weeks.  Energy was the driving force behind two, while education and the economy were the focus of the other three.