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Opinion

  • Have you ever been cooking something, and, as you blithely added a little of this and a little of that, the concoction suddenly got really big?

    My mother has told about the first pie crust she ever tried to make after she was married. She put too much water into the mix of lard and flour so that the dough got too sticky. Naturally, she added a little more flour to help balance out the ratio, but then the dough mixture was much too dry. You can guess what happened. In tearful desperation, she finally gave up and threw out the huge ball of dough.

  • The last year has been anything but easy for Kentucky, with every season leaving a major crisis in its wake.

    First, there were last fall’s high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.  The winter, of course, will long be remembered for a devastating storm that turned out to be the most expensive in Kentucky’s history.  During the spring and summer, torrential rains led to flash floods, first in Eastern Kentucky and then in Louisville.

    This fall, it appears the major challenge for the state will focus more on health rather than weather.

  • It was a beautiful day to ride.

    Clear blue sky, moderate temperatures, low humidity and a slight hint of fall crisp in the air.

    But Tuesday, Sept. 1, would be the last day Eminence resident Bobby Nolan would throw his leg over the seat of his 1982 Honda motorcycle.

    I didn’t know Bobby, at least not personally. But I knew of the older gentleman who rode an old white Honda motorcycle around. I saw that bike, and its rider, many times at Dairy Queen.

  • As the economic recession persists and unemployment rates continue to rise, families in the Commonwealth and across America are facing serious hardships stemming from loss of income, foreclosure and unmanageable debt.  As a result, many have been forced to turn to food banks, pantries, and other charitable organizations for assistance.  

  • I hate asking anyone for anything — especially donations. But we have an idea for this year’s Veterans Day Assembly at the high school, and Junior ROTC can’t go it alone — we just don’t have the money.  Please read this letter and let us know if you can help make a veteran’s experience even more rewarding this year.

  • Yesterday was gorgeous — sunny and pleasantly cool — the kind of day that evokes a good mood. As I headed toward Louisville to do some errands, I saw a sign for a garage sale next to a driveway beside a lawn overflowing with boxes and tables strewn with books, pots, pans, dishes — all manner of household items and personal belongings. I will admit it. I love garage sales, although I don’t seek them out. I prefer simply to stop when I happen upon one during my various trips.

  • I agree with Norm’s ad in the Henry County Local. Shame on you. Do you know Bill Covington? Have you ever interviewed him? How much research did you do on that abysmal article? I’ve been around here since 1962, so I knew and did business with Bill Covington at Farmer’s Deposit Bank from the time Chuck Keiser retired. I could tell you stories of good deeds that Bill did for people in Henry County through the bank. And he’ll be an asset to the school system.

  • Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden once said “I could never consider a day perfect, unless I could do something for someone knowing that they could never repay me”.

  • Back in February, President Barack Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised that by passing their economic stimulus package, we could provide a “jolt” to our economy and create jobs “immediately.” 

    In a report on the stimulus’ first one hundred days, Vice President Joe Biden claimed that the stimulus had already “saved or created” 150,000 jobs and that “an additional 600,000 jobs” were expected to be created in the next 100 days.

  • This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 12 to 5 p.m. As always, there will be great Christian music, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks as well as lots of fun inflatable activities for the young and young at heart.

    Our special guest this year will be Jay Montgomery and his strength ministry. We hope your family will come out to see the power of God both through his hands and through his heart. We are also excited to announce that WJIE will be out to help with free give aways and promotions.

  • In 1921, when Boyd County voters made Mary Elliott Flanery the first woman in the South to be elected to a state legislature, she did not lack confidence about the work ahead.  “I can hold my own with the boys when I get to Frankfort,” she is quoted as saying.

  • Your article ‘Council sets new limit on Lou” has prompted my response and needs clarity in regard to the content of my letter and the circumstances surrounding my speeding ticket.

    As the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Eminence I have a responsibility to ensure, to the best of my ability, the safety of the residents.

  • I attend Eminence Independent School. As an eighth grader you are required to accomplish a Service Learning Project. You can’t just volunteer to work at the concession stand or anything like that. Mrs. Montgomery said it has to be a need. So I watched everyone starting to find their “need,” some projects are pretty good. I was still left not really knowing what I wanted to do. I had heard about this program where pajamas are donated to foster kids. I told my mom to see what she would think about it.  She loved the idea, and then she told me a story.

  • Obama a government partner with God? U.S. food shortages?

    I thought this article was a joke: www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/20/army-lord-obama-seeks-health-care-pu...

    Apparently, Obama told thousands of religious leaders in a conference call:  “The government is a partner with God in matters of life and death”  He asked religious leaders to preach from the pulpit on the benefits of health care reform.

    So I rang God up this Sunday and asked.  “Lord, why would he say you are partners?”

  • Students have returned to school, football is in full swing, and September is just around the corner.

    It’s that time of year. And it’s almost time for the Henry County Local’s Newspapers in Education program.

    This year, Woody and Chloe, the Kentucky Weiner Dogs will return to our NIE page each week. The two adorable pups — and yes, they are real — are unbelievably popular throughout the state, and Henry County is no exception.

    The series, written by Leigh Ann Florence, returns by very, VERY popular demand.

  • In last week’s Local, there were four articles notifying the public about tax increases from the City of Eminence, Henry County Public Schools, Eminence Independent Schools and the Henry County Public Library. It seems like every year, they vote for a tax hike. With a bad economy, people losing their jobs, the cost of living increasing, many people won’t get a raise in salary this year and all of the hard times many people are experiencing, I get upset every time I see the words tax increase.

  • I write from a perspective of faith. Sometimes I write in broad, general terms, but today I am writing to all in the Golden Triangle region who identify themselves as Christians. To the pastors and teachers, bishops and priests, deacons and elders, and to all who enter church doors week after week, let us affirm a common belief: Each and every person is created in the image of God.

  • Several events over the past week have convinced me that, in spite of a lifetime of self-delusion, I am no gardener. I love gardens. I grew up surrounded by beautiful flower gardens that my father tended fastidiously. And in the summers we enjoyed the produce grown in a large vegetable garden in one of our fields. I can still remember the first juicy bites of warm tomatoes picked right off the vine.

  • Given the difficult economy the nation has seen in recent months, and the efforts by government to get it moving forward again, 2009 may long be remembered as the year of incentives.

  • Wow! What an interesting year this has been so far! We have been lucky enough to have some wonderful volunteers at Tri-County Community Action Agency. The citizens of our community have really been an asset to our seniors; however, we need a few more to assist in the aging services programs. As an incentive, Sage Hospitality is offering a free or discounted hotel stay in any of their 53 hotels in exchange for 8 hours of volunteer service at a 501(c)3 organization (that’s us!). They call it Give a day Get a night and it is in effect until December 20, 2009.