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Opinion

  • Over the last several years, the General Assembly has re-doubled its efforts to make Kentucky a leader in energy production and conservation.

    This process has evolved with the successful passage of House Bill 1 and House Bill 2, which include new rounds of tax incentives to boost alternative fuel sources and to encourage homes and businesses alike to curb their power needs. Legislators have also invested millions of dollars to further clean-coal research, and we have pushed to make state government’s buildings and automotive fleet more environmentally friendly.

  • The full scale exercise at Safety-Kleen on Oct. 4 was very successful and involved all emergency personnel including Fire/Rescue departments, EMS, Sheriff’s Office, KSP and Coroner’s office with employees of the plant acting as victims of an explosion. We also had an excellent exercise at Homestead Nursing Center on June 21 which simulated a boiler explosion and also involved Fire/Rescue, EMS and Henry County Sheriff’s office in the evacuation of residents and staff of that facility. Both events had good media coverage by the Henry County Local.

  • President Abraham Lincoln wrote in part of his Thanksgiving Proclamation   “…I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

  • It started kind of innocently.

    I was rolling right along in the kitchen one Thanksgiving a couple of years ago, and was working on the pumpkin pie.

    I was putting the filling and a special ingredient in the blender when Derek walked in.

    “Why are you putting tofu in the pumpkin pie???” he asked, more than a little repulsed by the concept. You see, he doesn’t care much for tofu, while I love it.

    “Trust me.”

    You see, as a sufferer of IBS (I’ll let you look that up), I have trouble with dairy products - sometimes.

  • Approximately 400 people turned out Saturday morning, Nov. 1, to assist with Henry County’s annual roadside litter clean up. Working under the direction of Henry County Solid Waste Department, residents cleaned more than 200 miles of Henry County roads. Throughout the day, the teams worked diligently, picking up over 1,339 bags of trash and overflowing two large dumpsters.

  • In less than seven weeks, the General Assembly will meet for what will be the fifth odd-year regular session since voters made them possible in 2000.

  • The holiday season is just around the corner.  We are currently working on the annual Light Up New Castle.  The date is Friday, Dec. 5, from 5-8 p.m.  We will have a dulcimer group performing, twilight parade, tree lighting ceremony, free pictures with Santa, merchant open houses, and more.

  • Next month will mark the second anniversary of Fiscal Court purchasing the land for our new Recreational and Services Park.  About that same time a group of 20 dedicated citizens representing various interests including youth sports, our schools, our seniors, service agencies, and local government formulated a plan for which to develop the park.  It is my pleasure to report to you that a significant portion of that plan has been implemented or is in progress.

  • The first snowflake of the season silently hit my windshield this morning. It was randomly floating on a cold hard wind kept at bay by the glass around me. With my heater on high I drove to church with my wife and two kids. We have much to be thankful for.

  • Recently I was in the checkout line at Kohl’s when I overheard the salesgirl ask a woman ahead of me if she would like to be put on their e-mail list. “Sorry,” the lady said. “I’m computer illiterate.” With a vague hint of superiority, I thought, “Aha! Someone lower on the old totem pole than me!” The truth is, while I can e-mail –I am not much more advanced on the computer than this woman. About all I can do is log on and off.

  • A few days ago, someone called my office and left an anonymous message that indicated that I should practice the separation of church and state. While, when I wrote my article, I did not have the luxury of writing under the cloak of anonymity, I did so as a concerned citizen, not as the “Good Reverend,” as I have been dubbed. The church had nothing to do with my personal opinion. I had not discussed local politics over the pulpit. Therefore, my congregants had no inkling what I was thinking or, even the fact, that I was writing an article.

  • To the resident District One — on Nov. 5, Governor Steve Beshear appointed me as Magistrate for District 1 in Henry County. This appointment is for the remaining term of Wayne Gunnell, who resigned as magistrate to take a new position with state government in Frankfort. I would like to thank Mr. Gunnell for his decades of public service to Henry County, and wish him the best in his new position.

  • Our President-elect Barack Obama must be excited because he can start hanging out in public with Bill Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah Wright again. John McCain is a winner because he can resume buying more homes. And we are all winners because we will never again have to hear McCain say, “my friends.”

  • I just returned from taking matters into my own hand.  I did so by exercising my right and privilege to vote as a citizen.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t understand the importance of voting.  As a child, I observed my parents sorting through the various campaign promises and platforms of local, state, and national office seekers.  With them, I watched TV coverage of the national conventions and read newspaper and magazine articles about the candidates.  I even plastered my bicycle with bumper stickers in support of my choice for president. 

  • When I finally left the office on election night, the election hadn’t yet been called in Barack Obama’s favor.

    The lights in the office were out, traffic on the road was nonexistent, and it was still.

    There was no wind, no road noise, just … quiet.

    There were few, if any clouds in the sky, and the stars twinkled vividly.

    I stood still in front of our door, enjoying the calmness, the quiet, the solitude.

  • First and foremost we want to thank Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior for making this toy run a big success.  We serve an awesome God.

    A big thank you to all who were involved with the Henry County Toy Run.  Without all of your support this would not have been possible.

    We personally want to thank Henry County Local and Cindy DiFazio.  Cindy, you did an excellent job putting the story together about the toy run.

  • Submitted by Bruce Owens

    Director, Henry County Emergency Management

    Tips on designing and creating Halloween costumes at home to meet “See and be Seen” safety standards are being offered by the Kentucky Optometric Association in a pre-Halloween message to parents.

    According to the vision care organization, many Halloween accidents from skinned knees to pedestrian traffic fatalities, can be traced to a child’s inability to see steps, curbs and automobiles or to a driver’s failure to see a child in time to stop.

  • I am writing today in support of Polly Troxell for Eminence City Council. I do not live in the City of Eminence therefore I cannot cast a vote for Polly on November 4. However, I do work with Polly on a daily basis at the Henry County Senior Enrichment Center. Polly devotes numerous volunteer hours to the Senior Center and to the senior citizens of Eminence and Henry County. She cares about people and about doing the right thing. If elected she would serve the city of Eminence very well. Polly is dedicated to helping people in any way that she can.

  • I would like to set the record straight regarding the recent controversial letters to the Editor concerning the Eminence Fire Department building a new firehouse.

    Back in January I contacted Congressman Geoff Davis’s office concerning any possibility of any USDA Rural Development First Responder/Community Facilities Grants being available. I was told by, Tami Wilson, in Congressman Davis’s office that she did not believe the Eminence Fire Department was eligible for a grant under this funding, but she would plan to investigate.

  • With the election less than a week away, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to announce my candidacy for City Council of Eminence. Many of you may already be familiar with me and my family through the volunteer work that we have done since returning  to Eminence six years ago.