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Opinion

  • On the prairies of eastern Kansas, the early spring is when ranchers do their annual burning to allow the new spring grass to emerge with full vigor. I used to love to watch the flickering horizon on the prairie from my front porch. But every once in awhile, the Kansas winds would pick up or shift direction so that those “controlled” fires became a potential menace.

     

  • I would like to thank Scriber Station and an awesome Sunday School group at Eminence Baptist Church for donating a meal for 20 of our seniors once a month and Eminence Christian Church for donating a meal once every 3 months. This means a lot to our Meals on Wheels program.

    I want to reiterate that these donations along with any monetary donations will keep this program running. We need your help to continue to provide meals for the seniors in this community.

  • Thanks to the Henry County Local for reporting on a very important issue pertaining to our county politics in last week’s paper. As reported, it appears the momentum of the 2010 election has started and many Henry County residents and Kentucky state representatives have taken an interest in the future of Henry County and it’s political status.   Last meeting, Secretary of State, Trey Grayson provided information and direction at the last Henry County Republican monthly meeting.

  • The first priority of elected officials at any level of government is making sure that they truly listen to those they serve.

    With that in mind, I sent out a 17-question survey before the start of the 2009 Regular Session to gauge the views of several hundred households located in our legislative district.  The results, as I expected, were enlightening.

  • When Governor Beshear took office in December 2007, he joked that he knew the cupboard would be bare, but that he didn’t expect it to be gone.

    Since then, he has overseen more than $430 million worth of cuts, all without touching Medicaid and our classrooms.  Unfortunately, with the nation’s economy showing no signs of improvement, he and the General Assembly learned in November that this would not be enough.  Our state economists told us that another $456 million would still need to be trimmed by the end of June.

  • On behalf of the Eminence Education Foundation and the Eminence Independent School District, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for making our Education Dinner and Silent Auction such a success.  The Foundation collected approximately $9,000 to use for future scholarships and teachers’ grants.

  • When Eminence High School English teacher, Cara Puckett, offered me the opportunity to be a guest judge for her students’ Poetry Out Loud competition, I eagerly accepted.

    I like poetry, I like teenagers, how hard could it be?

    Then I checked out the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Project website and started to appreciate the complexities.

    Participants were to choose two poems from a list of thousands spanning hundreds of years and representing all the different types of poetry.

  • Our Governor is calling it the most widespread natural disaster in our state’s history.  This was my second widespread natural disaster since taking office.   In the case of the tornadoes of 2004 and this recent ice storm, I have been extremely proud of the caring and resourceful people of this county.  At this time I would like to thank a few of those who pitched in to make the best out of the recent event.

  • On Feb. 3, the snow caused considerable headaches for many motorists. The timing of the snow and more of it than was forecast caused many parents to have concerns about the safety of their children while traveling home from school. I, like every employee of the Henry County Public Schools, make the safety of our children my number one priority each and every day. It gives me great comfort to know that the transportation staff performs their duties with a great amount of professionalism.

  • The recent power outage made me realize that perhaps my self-image has always been slightly askew. All my life, I have fancied myself the “pioneer” type; delighting in the sight of my baby’s freshly washed diapers flapping in the Kansas breeze, making jam out of the wild blackberries I picked myself on our farm, knitting cotton dishrags for the kitchen, and helping haul water when we still depended on a cistern.  I have always felt the simple life was for me, as if I could step into the pages of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book and feel completely at home.

  • On behalf of the City of Eminence, I would like to thank the many, many volunteers who gave of their time to assist the citizens of Eminence and Henry County during the recent snow and ice storm emergencies.   The list is so long that I cannot mention everyone by name, but you know who you are.  I am so proud to live in a community where people care so much for one another.

  • I am a senior at Henry County High School, and I’m writing to bring awareness about the importance of pet owners getting their pets spayed or neutered.  Spaying and neutering a pet can make animals calmer and some animals feel less of an urge to run away from their home.  Pets that have had the procedure done can no longer reproduce, so spaying or neutering your pet can help control the pet population.  Needless to say, there will be no unwanted animals roaming the streets going hungry.

  • We would like to express our sincere appreciation for Tommie Kendall and his sports coverage in our community.  We will always value the support and encouragement he has provided to our swim team.  Since 2004, he has attended nearly every meet in order to provide accurate and pertinent information to our local community regarding our swim team.  This includes traveling several miles to away meets which take place in the evenings and on weekends.  Our sport is not the exception, he does this for all sports in our county.

  • One of the most significant and damaging health care issues facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky is the abuse of prescription pain medications. Nowhere is this problem more evident than in hospital emergency departments.  As the predominate health care provider for families and employers of Carroll County and surrounding communities, the medical staff and board of directors of Carroll County Memorial Hospital are taking bold steps to address this drug problem in an attempt to protect our communities from this abuse.

  • On behalf of the citizens of Henry County I would like to express our appreciation to the following businesses and individuals that gave up their time and donated food and supplies for the Community Center and other shelters during the recent ice storm: Dairy Queen, Cook’s Pharmacy, Norm’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chat-N-Nibble, Dollar General Store, Family Dollar Store, Cowboy’s, Five-Star B.P., Scribers Station, Hometown Pizza, New Castle Café, Eminence City Council Members, Eminence Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Red Cross, North Central Health

  • When times are tough, the last thing a family would ever do is jeopardize the money it knows it can count on.

    I believe the same should hold true for Kentucky as well.

    That is why I have filed legislation during the current legislative session that would allow video lottery terminals (VLTs) at our horse tracks.  If we don’t protect and promote an industry that has a $4 billion economic impact on our state, we will lose far more in the years ahead than our reputation as the horse capital of the world.

  • With all due respect to Mother Nature, please, turn off the snow machine. Well, okay, more accurately, don’t turn on the ice machine again.

    While some of our residents may still be without power, I count my blessings that we were only out for about half a day.

    When our power conked out just after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, Derek and I huddled up with extra blankets, and the cats, and read. All day.

    We were a little stir crazy — not being able to check e-mail, or Facebook, or play a video game or two.

  • This past summer, the Henry County athletic field house became a reality for athletes of the Henry County Public Schools. The indoor turf, weight equipment, lockers, training room equipment and various other items are top of the line, but would not have been possible without the tremendous outpouring of support from our community. A special thanks goes to the fundraising committee comprised of Mark Vaughn, Steve Williams and Lyndon Johnson. These gentlemen set and met the goal of raising $70,000 to fully equip the facility.

  • Monday night into Tuesday morning, Henry County received a winter storm that practically shut it down.  Residents lost power all over and police officers in Eminence set out to check on everyone, especially the elderly. The Fire Department opened their doors and was called on almost immediately. City workers had already started working overtime trying to make our streets passable. The Eminence City Council was opening the Community Center insuring that residents from all over had shelter.

  • A recent movie called “The Bucket List” tells about two men, one terminally ill, who decide to take on a list of things they’ve always wanted to do before they ‘kicked the bucket” – hence the name. I am not terminally ill, thank goodness, but I have a ‘bucket list’ of my own. Unlike the goals in the film, mine are modest and inexpensive, even trivial, but then I never claimed that my life would be a blockbuster movie.