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Opinion

  • 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.

  • It was the popular question last week. “Have you floated away yet?”

    No, I told my mother, we hadn’t. We live on a hill. Sort of.

    After two years of scorching summers with not nearly enough rain to suit the tastes of local farmers, this has been one water-logged summer.

    And as much as I know we need rain — but not in 1 inch, 30-minute downpours — sometimes I look at the sky and ask if enough isn’t enough already.

    The wild storms have given me some time to practice lightning photography ... with frustrating results.

  • Last week brought about many very positive changes for students and parents of Henry County High School and Middle School.  One change appreciated by all is the turning lane that was installed in front of the middle school and high school campus.  As anyone who travels that route can tell you, it is a very welcome addition.  Parents, students, staff, bus drivers, community members and others just passing through are experiencing a much safer commute because of the efforts of State Representative Rick Rand, County Judge Executive John Logan Brent, and

  • Kentucky may technically be a land-locked state, but it certainly does not lack in shoreline.  Lake Cumberland alone, for example, has almost as much as our country’s entire Pacific coast, all 1,293 miles of it.

    No state outside of Alaska has more streams and rivers, and our 1,500 miles of navigable waterways are double the length of our interstates.

    In other words, we know water.

    It was with that thought in mind that House and Senate leaders decided earlier this year to create a committee dedicated solely to our streams, rivers and lakes.

  • We can all agree America needs healthcare reform, and an important debate is taking place in this country about how to best achieve that. I think answers can be found in the story of the government’s “Cash for Clunkers” and stimulus programs. The problems with these programs show why Americans are right to be skeptical of a government takeover of health care.

  • Congratulations to the Eminence Independent Schools for hiring Bill Covington and giving him a second chance! We in Eminence are so fortunate to have a fine school and dedicated school board. Our chairman has served many years, surely does not give up easily. I would certainly hope every man should have respect and deserves a second chance in life.

    Now, my question, should this subject be the lead article in the county weekly newspaper?

    Carolyn Giltner,

    Eminence

     

  • I have to say, I’m disappointed in this headline and its negativity.  As a member of the community, president of the local bank, athletic booster, volunteer coach and parent, Bill Covington made numerous contributions to Eminence Independent Schools, the City of Eminence and Henry County. I think it speaks volumes for his character that he wants to come back to Eminence and make additional contributions to the school, the students and the future of our community, all the while knowing that there will be some people who just can’t move on.

  • John Allgeier: A family man, a community man and a great person. While a magistrate, he was an active member of the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association and made many contributions to it. He believed in the purpose of the association and was always willing to help it along.

  • Having a national debate on health care reform is welcomed by President Obama. The trouble is, no sooner does the President call for “everyone to pitch in” and engage in the debate, that he vilifies anyone who criticizes his plans. Having a civil national debate will produce more lasting change; accusing opponents of engaging in scare tactics and fear mongering will not.