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Opinion

  • 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.

  • When school is called off, everyone knows before their first cup of coffee.

    As a customer of the Henry County Water District, I am upset with the way the recent water outage was handled. I completely understand the problems that can arise when dealing with broken infrastructure in a large area. I can even maintain patience when those problems cause me to conserve water over a long period of time. However, I am outraged at the lack of communication the water district had, not only to me, but also to the children of our community.

  • I’m sure most of us will remember where we were when hurricane force winds ripped through the midwest, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands, just in our little neck of the woods.

    In fact, I was in the woods when the winds hit.

    I gave in to what has become a regular weekend urge, and went for a hike Sunday morning. I laced up my now well worn boots, tossed the backpack in the truck and made for Clifty Falls State Park.

  • I am writing today on the topic of the Eminence public pool. The Making Waves Foundation has raised several thousand dollars from the community in an effort to restore our city pool. Shawn Bright said in the newspaper article regarding the restoring of the pool “that was a lot of money for one group of kids.” Since the estimates kept rising out of control, the city pulled the plug on the pool project and now we are left with thousands of dollars and still nothing for the kids to do.

  • Submitted by Deanna Felts

    Prevention Specialist, Seven Counties Services, Inc. Regional Prevention Center

  • When my husband and I first moved to Henry County about ten years ago, we agreed that our little century-old farmhouse, while badly in need of serious upgrading, was nonetheless charming and felt immediately like home. We both loved our mix of woods and pastures, our long winding driveway, and the ponds scattered here and there. What we did not share feelings about was an old barn that stood just sixty yards from a shiny new metal one and directly in view from the house.

  • September 7 through September 13 is Suicide Prevention Week. This is the one topic that many would love not to talk about. It’s one of the elephants in the living room. Why is it that we can talk about alcohol/drugs, breast cancer, heart, diabetes or any other medical problem, yet suicide is one that we can’t or won’t talk about?

    Every 16 minutes someone completes suicide, every 17 minutes someone is left behind to ask, “Why?”

    In Kentucky here are some of the facts about suicide: