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Opinion

  • 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

  • As a humble third grader, I loved to sing. I cannot begin to express how much I loved it. The problem was, at least according to my sister, I was tone deaf.

    I had not yet acquired the Criss family gene, handed down through my mother, for musical aptitude.

    That would change when I entered the fourth grade and had my first experience with instruments.

    It was then, through school, that I learned to play the violin. Over the years, I was able to lose the tone-deafness, and now can sing my then favorite song - Toto's "Roseanna" without missing a beat ... or a note.

  • On behalf of the Eminence Education Foundation and the Eminence Independent School District, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for making our Education Dinner and Silent Auction such a success. The Foundation collected over $10,000 to use for future scholarships and teachers' grants.

  • Our farm received considerable damage in the February 5 storms. Our electric service and telephone service, like several others in the area, was out for two days. KU was swamped with repair calls but did an amazing job in restoring service, working past midnight. The dedication of their employees, working long hours in difficult conditions, needs to be recognized.

  • The Girl Scouts of Henry County would like to thank Judge-Executive John Logan Brent for his help during our Girl Scout cookie delivery. The use of the 4-H building for distribution and his help when we ran into a gigantic snag during delivery is greatly appreciated. The Girl Scouts are now ready for your yearly cookie sales and a little ice storm couldn't keep us down! Thank you Judge Brent!

    Beth Cain, Henry County Girl Scout Service Unit Manager

  • I really appreciate all that the Making Waves committee has done to help open the pool. Even if the pool is unable to open this summer, it just needs to get open sometime in the next couple of years to give the kids something cool and fun to do in the summer. That's why I have some ideas of how to get the pool open and keep the pool open and going.

  • I couldn't help myself. Normally, I wouldn't care. But I blame two, maybe three, little old ladies in a Louisville coffee shop.

    There are certain words and phrases that my brain listens for, even if I'm not actively listening.

    Somehow, and I couldn't tell you how, Britney Spears made it into the mental queue. Maybe it had something to do with the Dr. Phil visit to her psych ward room, which thrust her name into the headlines and news broadcasts for what seemed like the dozenth time in three days.