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Opinion

  • 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.

  • I’ve heard that “all it takes for evil to prevail, is for good people to do nothing.” What Eminence needs to know before they vote on Tuesday is that (Manda) Gingrich’s entire purpose for running is to hopefully gain control of four city council seats. This would create a quorum on the council and stack every vote in favor of their agendas. Manda Gingrich, Leo Mason, Rochelle (Shelley) Summerlin and Glenn Simpson are running in tandem with each other and in protest to our mayor and council.

    I have four main issues with “Team Gingrich”.

  • We would like to share with you what an amazing community this is to live in.  On Aug. 15, Doug was involved in a tractor accident that left him trapped under a tractor for two hours and very lucky to be alive!  Even though the accident happened in Elmburg at his parent’s farm, people came to the rescue from all over. 

  • “Politics and religion don’t mix.” : No argument here. By dictionary definition, politics is 1) the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government 2) competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership. Religion, a term often misapplied to indicate one’s faith, is a personal set or institutionalized system of attitudes, beliefs and practices that are associated with one’s faith.

  • I have watched appallingly as a group of citizens have taken our small community and created havoc at every turn. The Making Waves group headed up by Manda Gingrich  has turned our community into a virtual war zone. Friend is now against friend, family member against family member, and neighbor against neighbor — how sad.

    The original direction given to Making Waves was for them to solicit pledges of funds to assist with getting the old swimming pool open — no funds were to be collected by this group.

  • Election day is coming! With a record number of voters expected to arrive at the polls on election day, voter preparation is the key to a smooth voting experience.

    Please have your candidate selection decisions made before you get to the machine. Sample ballots will be provided at the polls, and a copy will be printed in the local paper. Please look at them and use them to be ready to vote when you enter the booth. Prepared voters make their selections quickly and are in and out of the voting booth, which helps to keep lines moving.

  • For many Kentucky families, the economic downturn has affected more than just their grocery bills and energy costs.  The housing crisis and credit crunch have some facing potential unemployment, threat of foreclosure on their homes or even homelessness.  According to the National Coalition of Homelessness, more than sixty percent of service providers have reported a rise in homelessness since the housing foreclosure crisis began in 2007.  Unfortunately, as hard times sweep across the nation, many more Americans could become homeless. 

  • I attended the last city council meeting in October when the council stated there will be no skate park. Just two months ago I had to tell my kids there will be no swimming pool and now I will have to tell them there will be no skate park. I want to know when I will be able to tell my kids some good news about recreation for them here in the city?

    Rodney Vanlandingham, Eminence

  • Please, to the city of Eminence, let’s work together for the future of all residents.

  • My husband is always careful to lavish praise on me whenever I help him with a chore around our farm.  “You are one in a million!” he will rave if I assist the veterinarian on a day when he can’t be home. “I picked a peach when I picked you,” he coos as I hold up boards or wire while he repairs fence. “A guy’s lucky to have a gal like you,” I’ll hear, sweat dripping down my face, as we drive back after pulling the truck or some machine out of a ditch. “Super job, babe! Great work!”

  • With millions of dollars being spent on negativity, come spend your money where it really “Makes a Difference!”

    This Saturday, Oct. 25, is National Make a Difference Day.  Millions of people all over the Unites States will actually be making a real difference in the lives of others!

    Come join  Friends For Michael, Inc Spinal Cord Injury Organization as we make a difference all day, beginning at 8 a.m. at the site of the new Henry County Recreation and Services Park on Hwy 421 just north of New Castle, KY (1125 Campbellsburg Rd)  rain or shine!

  • If voter registration and a recent statewide poll are any indication, the upcoming election is one of the most anticipated in years in Kentucky.

    According to the Secretary of State’s office, there are a record 2.9 million voters registered to vote on Nov. 4th, an increase of nearly 50,000 from the May primary.  In 2004, the last presidential election year, 2.79 million Kentuckians were registered.

  • My name is Rochelle ‘Shelley” Summerlin.  I am a candidate for Eminence City Council.

    When I filed my candidacy papers, there was a question that asked, ‘How do you want your name to appear on the ballot.”  I wrote ‘Shelley’ Summerlin, which is the name on my cards and signs.  However, imagine my surprise when I saw the name on the ballot was Rochelle Summerlin.  I would like the voters to know that Rochelle and Shelley are the same person.

    I also want the voters to know why I am running.

  • Is there someone from Eminence who is running for president? You would think so with all this negative talk that’s going on. All this negative talk seems to be aimed at one certain person. Yet this person is the only one that I’ve talked to or heard say anything about what they will do if elected.

  • I am truly enjoying the Henry County Local articles and letters to the editor regarding the campaign for the open city council seats in Eminence.  I am amused by the outrage and indignation being expressed by the currently seated council members, the supporters of the currently seated members, and a few “very” concerned citizens; in regard to one “very outspoken” candidate (who shall remain nameless).

  • When I read the letters to the editor in the Henry County Local last week, I was very impressed that Mr. (Howard) Roberts and Councilman (Shawn) Bright chose to shed the light on tactics used by one of this year’s candidates for the Eminence City Council. It is, in my opinion, that her tactics have proven the type of council member she would be. I personally believe that neither the people, nor the City of Eminence, can afford to have this type of leadership! The decisions that we make on election day are of the upmost importance.

  • Wasn’t enough dirt slung into the Eminence swimming pool recently?  Now, let’s check back with Paul Harvey for the rest of the real story.

    In a letter to the editor a former councilman finally confirmed that the city is indeed “planning” on building a new firehouse ... duh!

  • I am waist deep in lake water with mud squishing underfoot as the starter says “Go!” I start mad paddling as 100 other arms make a unique turbulence on all sides.  Three people bump into me and I see only their goggles, caps and hands.

  • I have a confession. I absolutely loathe politics. Yes, I loathe politics. I love leadership. But I don’t like the politics that so often comes with it.

    Since before I was old enough to cast my first vote, I’ve had no love for the mud slinging that’s become an unfortunate side dish at election time.

    Sometimes, the candidates are slinging a little more than mud. But it was four years ago, when George Bush, John Kerry and the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth that I discovered my favorite election time Web site is Factcheck.org.