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Opinion

  • General Manager

    One of the things I consider to be interesting about what I do for a living is covering meetings.

    Oh, they’re not necessarily fun, but they are very important. And I learned a long time ago that sometimes people will say the darndest things in public meetings. Usually it results in spectators saying, “Wait a minute, what did he just say?”

  • I am very upset that New Castle Spring Fling did not get the billing (it deserved). It is one of the most important festivals of the year.

    They work hard for five months to get the bands and singers, the food booths, and flea markets, all the games and the silent auction, parade. They work very hard to give you a nice day to enjoy and have fun.

    I think we should give a big thank you to them.

    Mary K. Henson

    New Castle

     

  • My husband and I have always had many things in common. We share a love for books, old country music, the peace and quiet of rural living, and spending time with our children and grandchildren. For the most part, our values and outlooks on life are in sync.  Neither of us is particularly hotheaded, and we both feel a sense of humor is necessary to cope with life’s inevitable frustrations. But when it comes to dietary issues, we are exact opposites. We’re like Jack Sprat and his wife from the old nursery rhyme.

    Jack Sprat could eat no fat,

  • Through the Internet, kids can access online educational resources from some of our nation’s greatest institutions, like the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Museums.  The Internet also helps kids with homework and research projects, provides them with instant information about community events and local activities, and connects them with friends around the world.  While the Internet is a valuable tool in our children’s lives, as parents, we must be conscious of its potential dangers.

  • You can say there is two sides to every stories but in this case you can say three. No, the ATVs are not everyday after school or during the week. But yes we do let our kids and family ride the ATVs in our yard and the families yard behind us. We also ride them too.

    I, September Tingle, took a petition around our neighborhood with the help of Donna Samples to ask our neighbors if they had problems with us riding our ATVs in our yards. If they did not have a problem with it, could they sign the paper. Out of 30 houses only seven did not sign. So what does that tell you?

  • How much do you think you really know about Henry County?

    Leadership programs throughout the state have risen in popularity in the last ten years, and I’ve had the opportunity to go through two of them.

    In each, participants attend a series of themed days over the course of several months to learn about the various aspects of their county — its industry, schools, agriculture, government, human services and more.

  • I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for their generosity in painting the playground equipment at our school for their community project. They, along with their parents, spent many hours on weekends and after school to paint swings, monkey bars, etc… beautiful vibrant colors. “Wow! Who did this? Our playground looks beautiful!” was the reaction by students and staff alike. We are fortunate to serve a community that supports our school. Our students are learning life lessons of the importance of giving back to the community.

  • On May 14 my wife and I got the phone call no parent wants to get. Our daughter called screaming, “Help Me Mommy.” She was calling from inside her SUV that she had lost control of and overturned. We immediately called 911 and a State Trooper was there within a minute of our call. Emily was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital where we were told that she had a broken back. She was transferred to Kosair Children’s Hospital. She had surgery to repair her back, but will need extensive rehab for the next couple of months.

  • At the end of each legislative session, there are always several issues that remain unresolved, often because others dominate discussions or time simply runs out.

    The 2009 Regular Session was a textbook example of both of those in action. With less than two dozen days to debate bills, the General Assembly focused most of its attention on overcoming a sizeable budget deficit; significantly reforming the testing system that measures school progress; enacting a major highway plan; and implementing a better, more cost-effective approach to treating non-violent drug offenders.

  • The government has seen fit to subsidize two automobile manufacturers with billions of dollars of our (and our children’s) tax money. If one is the recipient of “free” money from the government I’m sure there is reason to celebrate, but what of those who are not receiving government largesse?

  • 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 another local band, the Sugarfoot Band! The night will start at 5:30 with a great selection of food — Eminence Christian Church will have a fish fry and Wesley Morrison will have some Hot Diggity Dawgs! The live band will take the stage at 7, and will play until 11. There will also be some fun for the kids.

  • When the drafters of Kentucky’s constitution wrote the section on special legislative sessions more than a century ago, they gave the governor the authority to call them and set the agenda, but left it up to the General Assembly to decide what, if anything, should become law.

    With that in mind, Governor Beshear last week formally called legislators to return to Frankfort on June 15.  Not surprisingly, his first priority is overcoming a billion-dollar shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in July.

  • In the past the City of Pleasureville has had no luck in retaining a police officer. They complain there is not enough “action” in Pleasureville. Since the city cannot afford to pay overtime, an officer would only be allowed to work 40 hours.  That leaves 128-hours per week the town is not covered.  We have more protection day and night when we don’t have an officer; through the Kentucky State Police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.  There are only three women at our Commission meetings that complain of not having an officer.

  • Memorial Day is a day set aside for us as Americans to remember those who have fought and died for our country and I would like to thank all the men and women who have fought and died for our country, and I would like to thank all the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country over the years.

  • People the world over are governed by rules and regulations – far too many in my humble opinion. The ones that irk me the most are those aimed at protecting us from our own actions – like the mandatory seatbelt law, or, in many states, the mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists. I know, I know – many of these laws save lives. But I believe folks ought to have the right to act unwisely in matters affecting only themselves. The Bill of Rights should have had a clause to the affect that people have the right to be dumb about their own welfare if they choose.

  • I recently saw where the HCHS senior prom and the EHS prom were held in Louisville. My question is why couldn’t the proms be held at their respective high school gyms?

    When I went to school, the high school gym was a suitable place for the senior prom, but it seems the grown ups are sending the seniors the wrong message by saying that the seniors are better than the seniors who came before them like myself.

    I hope everyone will come to their senses and start holding the senior proms at the high school gyms again.

  • While there are still a few reports of the H1N1 (or swine) flu being diagnosed across the state, it is looking more and more likely that our fears of a more serious outbreak will thankfully not come to pass.

    But that, of course, does not mean we need to let our guard down.

    Fortunately, that is even less likely to happen after the recent announcement by the University of Louisville that it has received a $2.3 million federal grant to help communities prepare for any possible large-scale public health outbreaks.

  • Recently this nation celebrated Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor those people who served in our military to fight our wars and to protect our families. Some served and returned home to family, others died and were buried on foreign soils because they believed in serving our country to protect the freedoms that their forefathers had fought and won on our behalf. The Gettysburg Address was probably the first public speech to honor those who fought in the civil war.

  • When he first came into our office, Bob McGee told me about Molly with a tear in his eye.

    His faithful companion, with whom he walked nearly every day for as long as they were friends, had died.

    McGee and Molly had a long relationship of master and loyal pooch. I understood the tears in his eyes.

    Over the years I’ve had countless dogs —and cats — and seen them come and go. Koko the German Shepherd mix was one of my best friends when I was a child.

  • Whenever the General Assembly wants to take a more in-depth look at an issue affecting Kentucky, it often turns to its Program Review and Investigations Committee.

    The subjects it covers are as wide ranging as state government.  Two of its most recent reports, for example, dealt with re-entry programs for felons completing their prison sentence and the cost of college and high school textbooks.