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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Anyone who has ears or eyes has seen the dismal news about the stock market, investments and the economy.   What everyone wants is an investment that is safe and offers a guaranteed return on investment (ROI).  There is such an investment, but it does  not involve banks, stocks or even a monetary investment for many people.  What it takes is investment of time and energy.   Investing in your personal health offers a guaranteed return in energy, health, and vitality AND cost savings, too!.     There are many ways that a person can invest

  • I would like to thank everyone who called my house this summer and asked me to run for city council.

    I did not want to be in this mess. I wanted nothing to do with it. But for some unknown reason, I have been targeted by some candidates. I have been called “poor white trash.” Well I am poor, I am white but I never thought of myself as trash.

    Some of my friends have been called on the phone and intimidated or they tried to intimidate them. They were unsuccessful. Friends are a blessing and I do have wonderful friends.

  • In these tough economic times, Eminence voters cannot afford to vote for a candidate unless we know where they stand on the pocketbook issues that affect us the most, such as:

    • Lack of spending accountability and restraint in city government.

    • High city taxes and fees that continue to rise and low city services.  

    • No kid friendly recreation for our children and grandchildren.

    Over a month ago I released, in writing, my plans to address these issues as well as others if I am elected.

  • My name is Howard Roberts and I am currently the vice-chairman for the Eminence Fire Board. Recently, Manda Gingrich, a candidate for the Eminence City Council, gave out a political handout, containing false and deceptive information concerning the fire department. I write this letter to inform the residents the truth and as Paul Harvey says, “and now the rest of the story.”

  • I can never remember whether that old saying is “Fall forward and Spring back” or the other way around, but the upshot is that we’re going to lose an hour of daylight at the end of October and I’m not happy about it. For some reason, I enjoyed this summer of reading, blackberry picking and gardening more than usual.

  • My name is Shawn Bright. I am an Eminence City Council member and I’m writing this letter to help the residents of Eminence understand some issues that I personally have had lots of phone calls about.

  • It has been 16 years since Kentuckians voted 2-to-1 to update our constitution so that charities could offer games like bingo and raffles to raise money.

    Since then, Kentuckians have shown a ready willingness to help out.  In fact, more was raised via charitable gaming last year – $489 million – than was wagered on horse racing, which brought in $470 million.

  • Ever since the 2008 Kentucky Primaries, I have tried my best to convince the many Hillary supporters that they should vote for Obama in the general election.  Many cite the fact that his age of 47 years is too young to which I usually counter with the fact that Senator John F. Kennedy was 43 years old and Governor Bill Clinton was 46 years old when they became president.  

  • I would like to say thank you to Henry County Public Schools and Wehr Construction for their efforts to allow us to continue to have the Friends for Michael 5k run/walk at the high school. Frankly, I would have not been surprised if we had been told to find another place to host it this year because of the construction.

  • The ninth annual New Castle Fall Fling will be held this Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be located around the historic Henry County Courthouse. East Cross Main Street will be closed starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, until approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.

  • With just five weeks to go, the 2008 general election is creeping up on us.

    I don’t think anyone really needs me to say just how important this election is.

    As a nation, we’re in a scary place. The financial crisis weighs heavy, or should, on everyone’s mind. Whoever wins in November — for president, Senate or House — will have some serious work to do.

    We have a unique right that, even in this historic year, only about half of all Americans are likely to exercise.

  • In 40 years of marriage, my husband and I and our children – all now grown – have lived in five states and about twice that many houses, beginning with a mobile home in Kansas. On three occasions we lived in subdivisions, most recently on the east side of Louisville. That was never our ‘cup of tea.’

  • Words can’t express our thanks and appreciation for our great neighbors, the Rogers’ family, the Worford family for helping us open our road. We all worked together to clear eight to 10 downed trees on Flatrock and Mt. Glead Roads. A big thanks to the Shelby Rural Electric men, who worked endlessly to get our light lines back up and running. Neighbors and friends like Shelby Rural Electric, working together, in the time of need gives us all hope for the future.

    Wendell and Barbara Parks

    New Castle

  • I hope and pray everybody who will be 18 by Nov. 4 is registered to vote at their present address. Everyone needs to vote for their choice.

    My little ads in the paper last week about my McCain/Palin signs were terrific. The calls are still coming.

    Thank you for being our Henry County Local.

    Rose Barmore

  • My name is Richard Thomas. I am a member of the Eminence City Council. I want the residents to know that on Sept. 8, I officially withdrew my name as candidate for reelection to Eminence City Council.

    When I took office, I told the residents that I would do the best job for them that I could. But when I stood up for what is right, I was voted down 5-1, often. Numerous threats have been made against me. I took my concerns to several government agencies, including the FBI. Only time will tell what will happen.