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Opinion

  • I was very sorry you chose to have the front page bold print July 29, 2009, Local edition state “From bank to jail to classroom.” This article was totally uncalled for and was about Bill Covington, former president of the Farmers Deposit Bank.

  • With the recent death of former Henry County Magistrate John Allgeier, Henry County lost one of our truly dedicated citizens. Words can not express how much his friendship meant to me and to so many others whose lives he touched. Maybe he did a wedding for you or a family member. Maybe you called him about a road that needed repairing, or you met him while he was serving as a volunteer fireman.  Maybe he told you a joke, or laughed with you at the stock yard sales. Maybe he was just there when you needed a friend.

  • The hiring of Bill Covington for EIS Special Education Teacher reinforces my continued admiration for the Eminence School Board, the Administration and Site Based Council.  Mr. Covington is a distinguished educator and since 1983 has tirelessly served the school as a coach, mentor to numerous youth, teachers and the administrative staff.  Mr. Covington’s financial support enabled scholarships, enhanced many programs and helped make EIS become the respected institution we have now.

  • Any successful health care reform legislation must include three basic components: reform of existing government health care programs (like Medicaid and Medicare) to ensure efficiency and accessibility, reform the private market insurance system and enact tort reform to end frivolous lawsuits.  Without all three, we will fail in our shared goal of reducing health care costs for families, businesses and the government.

  • Normally, mid-summer is not the time many of us think about weatherizing our homes, even if cooler temperatures in recent days have felt more like early fall.

    If making our homes more energy efficient and saving money weren’t enough, there are 70 million more reasons why Kentuckians should start thinking about taking on energy-saving projects.  That is the amount of money Kentucky could receive for this program from the federal stimulus package that Congress approved in February to help local and state economies.

  • Our lead story this week is about a man who many have told me is a good man. A good man who, unfortunately, did a bad thing.

    By many accounts, William J. Covington is a good person, a good community member. Some say the fact that he was convicted of bank fraud in U.S. District Court last year reflects only that his good intentions led him astray.

    Nonetheless, Mr. Covington plead to, and was convicted of, a very serious federal charge.

  • My husband and I arrived at the Fairgrounds early Sat. morning for the ham breakfast — which was totally awesome.  We left about ll when the black clouds started rolling in, but we had a wonderful time looking at all the exhibits and animals,  talking with the Sheriff, the leather maker and the beautiful little lady from New Castle Methodist church who made the quilts, etc. My husand enjoyed the old tractors and I enjoyed Patrick Henry Hughes so much — what a wonderfully inspiring young man.

  • For years now, Kentucky has regularly been regarded as a safe state.  The U.S. Census Bureau, for example, says we have the nation’s 10th lowest violent crime rate.

    Unfortunately, there are still far too many instances of those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.  According to the Kentucky State Police’s latest annual statewide report, a serious crime occurred every four minutes and 15 seconds in 2008, for 122,000 overall.

  • Opening the refrigerator this morning to get cream for my coffee, I saw IT again on the second shelf near the back.

    It is a half of a honeydew melon that for some reason has no sweetness. I made myself finish the first piece for breakfast two days ago and then I ate another slice for a pick-me-up that afternoon, but I just can’t bring myself to eat any more of it and, as my husband has no interest, it sits there in the refrigerator.

  • In June, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi successfully forced passage of controversial cap and trade legislation (H.R. 2454) that will cost American families thousands of dollars each year in new energy costs.  This legislation creates a national energy tax that is expected to increase utility bills, raise the price of a gallon of gas, push food prices to new heights and generally increase the cost of nearly every consumer product, including health care.

  • Our health care system is in need of reform.  Health care costs are too expensive and many families do not have access to the affordable, high-quality health care that they deserve.  In the coming weeks and months, Congress will debate health care reform proposals.  As a father of six and a former small business owner, ensuring access to quality health care is one of my top priorities.

  • Last Thursday, Kentucky got the latest snapshot of just how much we have been affected by the nation’s ongoing housing crisis.

    While the news could certainly be better, the report approved that day by the General Assembly’s Program Review and Investigations Committee found that Kentucky is nonetheless seeing fewer problems than many states, especially those along or near the coasts.

  • In Jim Carrey’s latest movie, “Yes Man,” Carrey portrays a habitual naysayer who takes an oath to change his life by saying “yes” to everything.

    Manically, he addresses the library bulletin board postings. “Do I want to learn Korean - yes, do I want to learn to play guitar - yes.”

    I have developed a similar relationship with the Henry County Library. Its adult offerings tantalize me.

    Do I want to attend the Film Discussion Series screening of “The Godfather” and eat free cannelloni - yes!

  • One of the biggest changes Kentucky schools have seen since the start of the decade is the growing need for special education programs.

    While the overall school population grew 2.8 percent from 2000 to 2007, the number of those qualifying for special education programs grew by more than 15 percent, to nearly 108,000 students.  The fastest-growing segment was in the three- to five-year-old range, which went up by more than a fourth.

  • I would like to thank everyone who came out to the 27th Annual New Castle Spring Fling on Sat., June 13.  The weather cooperated with us and we had a huge crowd and a lot of wonderful vendors.   

    With this being my 15th year as head of the New Castle Festivals,  I have seen a lot change over the years but our festivals are still going strong thanks to a lot of help from the people listed below.

  • The recent death of the famous entertainer has saddened me. Of course, I would never diminish the severity or shamefulness of indiscretions with children, but while such acts are reprehensible, we can only speculate about whether those accusations against the superstar were true. What I lament is the untimely death of a very talented man, and what bothers me most is the emotional deprivation he suffered in his youth, which obviously haunted him all his life.

  • Music on Main is this Friday night. The City of Eminence wants to invite everyone to attend. This is a night full of fellowship, food, fun and live music. The live music will be provided by two very popular bands- Robbie Cox and Leo Mason will both be playing! Robbie will start the night at 7 p.m. and play for a couple of hours. Then Leo Mason will finish the night off and hopefully he will play one of my favorite songs- Mustang Sally! The food will be provided by Wesley and Patricia Morrison’s new business called- Hot Diggity Dawgs! There will also be some fun for the kids.

  • WOW!  The 2009 Henry County Relay For Life has come and gone, but the hard work and funds raised will be remembered!  Henry County YOU raised over $90,000 and the money is still coming in – WAY TO GO!!!  We hear about hard economic times, about how people just don’t care anymore – well, the people who say those things don’t know the generosity and compassion of Henry Countians!  There are so many people to thank, and though we hope not to miss anyone, we are sure we will so please, forgive us in advance.

  • This spring I received calls from the Pendleton County and Owen County Judges saying they had been told we were the county to call with questions about running an efficient EMS service.  On June 18, I polled the surrounding counties about where their services stood financially.  As you read these numbers, I think you will see why our EMS service is the envy of the other counties.  Here are the findings of revenues versus expenses:  Carroll - $176,256 shortfall, Owen - $72,000 shortfall, Franklin -$355,000 shortfall, Shelby - $479,800 shortfall, Oldham - $2,838,292 subsid

  • Creative, relentless, awe-inspiring are some of the adjectives describing these 2009 Team Captains whose diligent efforts made the 2009 Henry County Relay for Life a success.  Thank you, Team Captains, for your hard work.  Together we are making a difference in the fight against cancer.