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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Thanks to the Eminence Police and Henry County Sheriff's Department for the professional way they escorted Sam's funeral to Eminence. They honored him by bowing their heads as we came out of the funeral home and continued at every turning point.

    This showed our family respect and how well he was thought of. Several comments were made on a very organized and professional job. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Patsye Jennings and family, Eminence

  • I am writing in response to the article on banning skate boards. The activities for our children in New Castle are limited. If the children are skate boarding instead of selling drugs on our streets than why are we taking away their enjoyment?

    We as our children's leaders must look for other ways to fix this solution. We do not have to build an extravagant skate board park such as downtown Louisville, but what about building an area such as the one in LaGrange?

  • While most legislative sessions are generally remembered for two or three major accomplishments, there are often dozens of other laws that positively affect our lives, even if they do not generate as much news.

    In recent years, we in the House have included many of these initiatives in our "Commitment to Kentucky Families" agenda. "Taken together, they are designed to improve our schools, our collective health and the way we interact with state government. "All are affordable, commonsense measures.

  • This week we concentrated on the brave men and women in the military who are sacrificing so much during this time to defend our country and on the most defenseless among us, the unborn. "The Senate passed a series of bills to aid our military and comprehensive pro-life legislation.

  • Since the launch of our new internet platform, we've been tweaking a few things.

    One feature we lost with the new platform was our old guestbook. Not many folks used it, however, so if you didn't know it was there, you certainly didn't miss it.

    We added a new feature to our Web site lst week, though that brings back the ability to comment on our site. Only instead of signing a guestbook, you'll actually be able to comment on each story.

    There is a catch, however — in order to leave a comment, you'll have to register with a valid e-mail address.

  • Over the years, I've covered more than a few accidents. Some severe, some not so severe. I've had loved ones in accidents. My own husband was involved in a rather severe motorcycle accident in 2005.

    Like most folks, I never thought it would happen to me. But it did.

  • As is often the case during the early stages of a legislative session, the House and Senate spend the first few weeks focusing on their respective agendas, adopting bills each hopes the other chamber will consider favorably.

    For the House last week, the military took center stage, as we unanimously approved legislation designed to help our veterans and those soldiers still serving.