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Opinion

  • We would like to thank each and everyone who attended, worked, or contributed in any way to the Marilyn Moore Benefit held on March 21. The benefit was a huge success. Once again, the people of this county opened their arms and hearts and proved why this is the best county in the world to live in.

  • On a beautiful spring morning as I was traveling down Bullitt Hill Road on my way to work, I was enjoying the bright green of the new landscape. Then, something caught my eye on the side of the road. Not wild flowers nor dogwood blossoms nor redbud sprigs, but a fresh, garish orange and white McDonalds bag! A few rolls of the wheels on the opposite side was a red Miller carton (empty for certain). Bright colors, but ugly trash!

  • It's time for the Eminence City Council to remove the rose-colored glasses and take a hard look at the feasibility of re-opening the city's pool.

    Officials initially believed the pool repairs could run the city as little as $12,000. That belief was hopelessly naive.

    As the pool committee and council looked a little deeper at cost estimates for the pool's repair, the price tag rose from $15,000-$30,000 to more than $150,000.

  • The citizen's group "Making Waves" has gone beyond "waves" and "frog pond" to tsunami and "the Eminence Money Pit."

  • I wanted my senior project to mean something. I wanted it to somehow help the community, but I also wanted it to be different. I knew I wanted two things to come out of my project. That was to raise money for juvenile diabetes and to have the Kentucky State University Phi Beta Sigma to perform at our school. I also wanted to feed the volunteers that helped me with my project. I mailed out letters to the surrounding businesses asking for donations for a silent auction or to help feed the volunteers. I made flyers and put them up at different locations.

  • Since April is recognized as Donate Life Month both nationally and here in Kentucky, I feel that this is a good time to thank the many Henry Countians who have supported organ and tissue donation at our drivers license counter by donating $1 in support of our Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks Trust for Life and by placing their name on the new Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

  • There is a law of human nature that says at least ten percent of the people in churches, families, clubs, or at work are always "negative" about plans, projects or ideas.

    They are the people who say, "Yeah, he can walk on water but that's because he can't swim."

    Resistance, rumor and ridicule are what they practice.

    But no project or plan, even if it's a positive plan for the children of our community, can be successful if we become distracted by the ten percent.

  • The first sentence in last week's Henry County Local concerning the judgment rendered against Bill Covington implies that he stole from Farmers Deposit Bank. I think most readers will interpret this to mean that he stole money for personal gain, for the benefit of his family or close friends. It is an extremely misleading statement. None, I repeat, none of the charges brought against Bill Covington charges him with the taking of or the manipulation of funds to benefit himself, family or close personal friends.

  • On March 18, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for District of Columbia v. Heller, a case which questions whether the District of Columbia's gun ban violates the Second Amendment. This is the first Second Amendment case taken up by the Supreme Court since 1939. As you may know, the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment have been severely limited in the nation's capital for the last thirty-two years.

  • This is a community rich in people - and those people have rich stories to tell. Unraveling those stories is at the root of journalism. Sometimes those stories can be provoked by asking the right questions: the whos, whats, wheres, whens and whys. Other times it requires tips from community sources. In some cases, it requires deeper probing.

    While reporters have long been the "watchdogs" of public accountability, few likely know that most of the information journalists rely on to develop stories is readily accessible to them - as long as you know where to look.

  • I am a vet. technician that has been in the business for 18 years. I feel that pit bull terriers are being targeted. Terriers in general are a breed that need a special kind of owner, someone who will have the upper hand. They can be strong willed, hard headed and will try to be number one in the family pack.

  • I am writing in support of Alexandra Guidry's proposal published in last week's Local. She gave me hope for the younger generation when she advocated for door-to door recycling. I appreciated her idea very much, though I suspect we are a long way from having our recyclables picked up at our doors.

  • The pool is going to be a great thing for the kids. Hopefully all Eminence kids will be able to enjoy the pool and concession stands this summer. The Eminence City Council and Mayor will probably make the decision as to how much the admission fee will be and the rules of the season passes.

  • Last week when I read the article entitled "Council Awards Pool Bid," I was shocked! The article mentioned that the meeting was at times contentious. If I read it correctly, it appears that at one or two times during the meeting, people were close to "blows and subject to verbal abuse." This is sad because instead of bringing the community closer together, "the pool" seems to have divided the citizens of Eminence.

  • This letter is in regards to the article titled "Saying Goodbye to the seniors" in last week's edition of the Henry County Local.

    As I read this article I was so surprised by the blatant disregard shown for the Eminence seniors and their achievements during their years on the team in this story. My mistake, I thought this was a newspaper representing the whole county.

  • People sometimes ask me where I grew up, where I'm "from."

    That can be a tough question to answer. Born in Paris, Illinois, I don't actually remember my "home town." Growing up, I also lived in, in chronological order, Terre Haute, Indiana; Henderson, the city and the county, Kentucky; Tucson, Arizona, Newport News, Virginia, back to Terre Haute, and finally Evansville, Indiana.

    I bounced around a bit, almost like a military brat. Only we moved where graduate school for mom was, or where a job offer presented itself.

  • Plans are currently underway for the 26th Annual New Castle Spring Fling. It is always the second Saturday in June. This years date is Saturday, June 14. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Spring Fling is an annual reunion for many people who only see each other very few times a year. It is also a day that people come from far and near to a county festival.

  • We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all of the Henry County Girls' and Boys' basketball moms, dads, families and players that pitched in to help work the concession stand for the Regional Tournament. While most of us hold full time jobs and never have a minute to spare you all far exceeded our expectations in your willingness to work and support each other and our kids. Without each and every one of you that volunteered your precious time,we couldn't have done it! So, thank you!

    Melissa Jeffries and Kathy Mings