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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.