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Opinion

  • 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.

  • I read the article submitted by City Commissioner Tim Royalty with much dismay. His reference to Danvilles Main Street Program should be clarified.

  • As a resident of the great city of Eminence I would like to say to my mayor and city council, thank you for showing us that our kids count. Thank you for voting to open the pool.

    I'd also like to thank Making Waves for all the hard work that they put into helping make this possible for all the kids in our community.

    I feel that everyone young and old will greatly benefit from this. Our kids have an opportunity to make some great memories with friends and family and we parents will be spared our sanity.

  • The Henry County Family Resource Center and Youth Services Center would like to thank every church, school, business, organization, and individual that helped to make this years Christmas for Kids program a success. 167 children were adopted out, and with financial donations we were able to shop for the remaining 36 giving us a total of 203 children that were served. Again, thanks for helping make this another successful Christmas for Kids and thanks for the continued support you give to our programs throughout the year.

    Renata & Angie - Family Resource Center

  • Over the past couple of weeks, in my mind, I've written at least one-hundred different versions of this letter. As I type the words now, I'm not confident that I will convey my true feelings, thankfulness, and pride in being part of this community.

  • A special thanks goes to the Eminence City Council for their Jan. 14, unanimous vote, to reopen the swimming pool. They also created a pool commission to oversee the repairs and operation.

    Also, special thanks goes to the parents of the children of Eminence and Henry County for signing petitions (more than 700 signatures), for attending three Making Waves meetings (average attendance 50), numerous phone calls and letters and volunteering for fundraisers. This exceptional community support has made all the difference to the city council.

  • Everyone's screaming free country, freedom. Others scream smoke free. If it's a free country why does everything cost so much. I could never figure out what we are free from. Some say the military is fighting for freedom. One hundred years later they are still saying they are fighting for freedom. What an excuse to kill foreign people. Some days it feels like house arrest. There's only so far you can go because it either cost too much or you run out of land. It seems that the way everything is going they don't find a way to charge us for the air we breathe.

  • One thing I've never been particularly fond of are game shows.

    Sure, I had a few when I was growing up that I couldn't quite get enough of - the Price is Right, Press Your Luck, Wheel of Fortune and the big kahuna, Jeopardy. While I still enjoy the periodic bout of Jeopardy, for the most part I've left game shows behind me.

    But after my favorite of shows last week, American Idol, I caught one that defies categorization.

    The Moment of Truth is yet another display of just what some folks will do to themselves all in the name of winning a little cash.

  • I have a confession. I'm addicted to crack television. It all started so innocently. Really.

    When I arrived in Henry County last year, I house sat for our proofreader, Marty. The television picked up just two channels very clearly - FOX and CBS.

    It meant, ever so sadly, that I couldn't chill out in an arm chair watching the Discovery Channel or the History Channel. Sure, I had plenty of movies with me, but I needed some television time.

    So, one Tuesday night, I turned on the television and saw the auditions for American Idol.

  • I would like to add my name to those who are requesting that the New Castle City Commission vote "yes" to keep the city of New Castle in the Main Street Program.

  • Don't tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I'll show you what you are. How true!

    The debate over the value of the Main Street Program in New Castle is simply a matter of priorities of how a tax payer's money is spent. The choice before the New Castle City Commission is either to keep funding the Main Street Program hoping to gain new grant money from Frankfort sometime in the future or change directions, invest what New Castle is spending on Main Street to repair and renovate the Locker now for the community to use.

  • First, I would like to thank Jonna Spelbring Priester and the Henry County Local for the coverage given to the New Castle City Commission meeting last Monday evening, specifically the coverage of the discussion pertaining to the Renaissance On Main project. By now, I'm sure you have read the article in last weeks Local regarding the discussion of the New Castle Main Street project.

  • My name is Dani Wells and I am a junior at Eminence High School. In response to the news article about the passing of the alcohol ordinance in Eminence, I would like to comment. As a new driver on the road in Eminence am I being put at risk for an alcohol related accident?

  • Here lately everyone has been talking about Global Warming. A lot of celebrities come out and say we all need to do our part. So how can you do your part to help global warming? You can start by eating less meat. Yes, it's true. This works by reducing the amount of livestock that then decreases the amount of methane flatulence from the animals. Scientists now say cutting 10 percent of red meant would cut the gasses emitted by cows, sheep and goats that contribute to global warming.

  • I think you should put more articles in your paper about the green house gases that are entering our atmosphere. I don't think many people completely understand what is happening to our ozone.

  • As a former New Castle Mayor and Commission member, I would like to take this opportunity to urge the present Commission to continue its participation in the Main Street Program. I feel that the small fraction of the city budget set aside for this commitment to our future is a small price for the benefits that the City has received and will continue to receive from this program.

    Mark Vaughn, New Castle

  • 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.