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Opinion

  • As a concerned teen, saving energy is very important to do. I read about a very simple way to save energy. It barely takes any time at all and can even save people money.

    Saving energy is a very important thing in our society today. Doing this is extremely simple. If you turn off a fluorescent light for five seconds you save more energy than is required to turn on the light. If you leave the light off for five to 15 minutes you might even save money.

  • I recently learned that the New Castle City Commission is considering dropping out of the Main Street Program. I think this would be a serious mistake. During my tenure as Mayor and Commissioner, the city's participation in Main Street brought tremendous benefits to the city and continues to do so.

  • I first moved here in May 2007 to live with my uncle George and aunt Lee Ann. They live in Eminence. My little brother and I had already been here on visits. You see we knew we were moving here because my mother had terminal cancer. She wanted us to feel comfortable as we could before we came on a permanent basis. She died June 27, 2007. Our world seemed to turn upside down. I have never felt so lost. I started school in August at Eminence as an eighth grader.

  • As recent graduates of Eminence High School, we remember being told often, if not every day, "Always do the right thing" and "Always make good choices."

    Looking back on our high school days, we realize that the city of Eminence did not make a good choice or "do the right thing" by closing the Eminence swimming pool and taking away our recreational activities.

  • On behalf of the officers and employees of PBI Bank, I want to say "Thank You" to everyone who contributed to our 15th annual Christmas for Kids party at Eastern Elementary."

    With your generous contributions we were able to provide toys, goodie bags, pizza and Santa for 103 children who were considered to be in need of a Merry Christmas that they might not otherwise have enjoyed.

    Many thanks to our wonderful customers who contribute faithfully each year so these children can be blessed. Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

  • I often say that change isn't such a bad thing. Change shakes things up a little bit. Change keeps us from holding the line for the status quo. It keeps us on our toes. It makes life ... interesting. I got a taste of that last week.

    I came to work Thursday morning and was greeted with a short message from a fellow editor - check your e-mail now. She'd forwarded to me a link to an article that would shape the rest of our day.

  • I have, for years, enjoyed typing up children's letters to Santa each year.

    That particular task manages to somehow be one of the hardest and funniest things we do in community newspapers.

    Inevitably, there are a few letters written by the younger kids that we cannot read or interpret, no matter how many folks we show the letter to. That is, however, part of their charm - the jumble of letters that makes perfect sense to the writer, but leaves us scratching our heads.

  • My name is Shawn Bright. I am an Eminence City Council member and I have tried to write a letter to the editor every so often to keep you up to date about city happenings. It has been one year since I was elected, so I thought it was a good time to give an overview on some of the things that happened in the last twelve months. First, I would like to say that being a city council member has been a very interesting job and it comes with a lot of responsibilities. Being an elected official is a life changing experience.

  • Another year has come and gone but my heart still feels very sad and lonely. On November 8 last year God called someone home very dearly to me. I know she's dancing with Jesus now and all her worries are gone. And I feel her preence with everyday. But it is still not the same seeing that smiling face and feeling the warmth of her touch. She was everything you would want from a very special lady. I hope she knows that my heart still lones for her every day. Life is not the same anymore but I know she would tell me Libby don't cry for me, stand up adn be srong and take care of yourself.

  • I am writing this letter to express my concern at the very poor condition of the United States Flags being displayed on Main Street in New Castle. These flags need to be replaced or at least taken down as soon as possible. The flags have been in this condition for at least two months. This creates a very poor image of New Castle.

    Andy Klempner,

    New Castle

  • I am very disappointed in the city of Campbellsburg. I was willing to pay the surcharge that was enacted in order to complete a needed sewer project. Now, they are discussing what to do with $700,000 in leftover funds? That's great, I'm glad that they will be able to complete some other sewer projects that they weren't anticipating to in the first place. However, I didn't see anywhere in the article where they are discussing removing or reducing the surcharge. The project for which it was being used is now COMPLETED.

  • They say good things come in small packages.

    In case you missed it last week, Eminence High School was named to the U.S. News and World Report's list of Amierca's Best High Schools.

    Its great news for such a small school. Small schools, and small school districts are increasingly rare because their funding decreases annually.

    In McLean County, several years ago, a small elementary school was facing closure as its student population declined.

    But that small school had some similarities to Eminence.

    Eminence should indeed be applauded for the award.

  • I would like to say a special thanks to Mayor Jim Pettit, the guys at the community center, to the gentleman that helped me up after my fall, to the lady that put ice on my hand, to my son for coming to check on me, for the phone calls and concerns, to my granddaughters Kandice and Marcy, a special thanks to my friends Barbara and Scotty Owens for helping me to get home and all the phone calls, to my pastor, Sister Linda Morgan of Christ Open Door Church, for her phone calls and prayers. God bless each and everyone of you.

    Betty Joyce Holcomb

  • It has been almost one year since Sydney's tragic accident changed our lives forever. Although we have faced many challenges, the past 12 months have been filled with as much laughter as tears. We are so thankful for the recovery Sydney continues to make and we know none of it could have been possible without the love, prayers, support and generosity of family, friends, neighbors and strangers.

  • During its business meeting Monday night, the Eminence City Council voted to approve amending its current alcohol ordinance to include liquor by the drink sales.

    We couldn't agree more with that decision.

  • Growing up Jewish, the holiday season was always a bit different for me.

  • That is the question living on Zelcova Drive in Eminence. With our neighboring subdivision, Arbor View, we have a lot of children who play in this area. Not only do we have children playing but we also have dozens of people who walk the bike trail and this road daily. The speed limit on this road is 15 mph. So why, on an every day basis, do we have dozens of cars speeding well over the speed limit? Do the newly installed stop signs boarding the bike trail and Arbor View help? No, they don't. Everyday I witness several cars blowing the stop signs totally.

  • I've made my Christmas list and I've checked it twice. I am having trouble finding a few gifts that would be nice. You have a great aunt of mine that lives in your peaceful and fondly missed town, Anne Wentworth. I think most of you know each other and can appreciate my struggle with finding "Aunt Fran" the right gift.

  • I would like to thank the staff for letting the Franklinton Baptist Youth Group (and a few straggly adults) come to celebrate Christmas with the residents. The warm welcome we received from everyone just warmed my heart.

  • As Gov.-elect Steve Beshear prepares to take office next week, it is becoming increasingly clear that the two-year budget he will present at the end of January and the General Assembly will enact by mid-April faces a serious set of challenges. In recent weeks we have learned that several state agencies have to have more money just to get through the current fiscal year, which ends next June.