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Today's Opinions

  • Letters: Thanks to the mystery clean up men

    Mystery men swooped in and cleaned up after storm
    In this world of bad happenings, there are still good deeds that need to be recognized.

  • Reckoning with Addiction: Pain and the way we hurt by John Inscore Essick

    Recently I spoke with Drs. Donna and Damon Gatewood about pain and how opioid abuse is changing the way they practice medicine.
    They are both family doctors who see patients of all ages (Donna in Crestwood and Damon in Campbellsburg) and regularly provide medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction at a clinic in Louisville.
    The Gatewoods routinely see patients who are seeking relief from acute and/or chronic pain.
    Acute pain is the body’s signal that we need immediate medical attention for a broken bone or kidney stone. In time, acute pain will go away.

  • Letter: Grateful that a trooper stopped to help

    Grateful that a trooper stopped to help
    On March 14, I was on my way to work and my car blew a tire. My brother came to change my tire. As I watched I thought of many people who have no one to help them.
    In a stormy situation, God can come to our rescue. For me, I think, that was not only my brother, but a Kentucky State Police officer Sgt. Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell pulled up to see if I needed any help — what a blessing for him to be stationed at Campbellsburg post!
    God always has a plan and for that I am grateful.
    Mallorie Bush
    Campbellsburg

  • A hidden gem - appreciating the sense of community

    Somehow I’ve managed to bypass Port Royal during my four years here in Henry County, and only made it out there finally just because a suspect recently declined to stop for a police officer and I wanted to take a photo of the smashed personal vehicle that resulted from that intransigence.
    What an idyllic place — to have at least two businesses with just a handful of residents nearby is quite a feat in this day and time.
    From my windshield survey, I believe Port Royal probably serves as an exemplar of what small towns across the country used to be like.

  • Teachers have enough to do in school without packing

    In years past, I was “one of those people” who didn’t like guns. I still don’t, but after meeting my husband — he grew up as an Indiana farm boy — I understand why people have them.
    Ron and his father used a rifle to shoot at “varmints” that got into the family garden and the crops.
    The rifle also served as protection against home invaders because they lived in an isolated area.
    Ron’s extended family also hunt deer, something I found appalling until I learned how many families use deer as their only meat for the year.

  • It’s too quiet now as the downtown continues to change

    Ever since Chat ’N’ Nibble closed, it’s been way too quiet here on South Penn Avenue.
    Unfortunately, the Henry County Local remains the last business standing where folks come to work every day on our block.
    After I came to Eminence in 2014, having enough space to park out front was still enough of an issue where people would remark on it regularly — that there were too many customers and workers vying for the same limited amount of parking.

  • Letters: Stivers says he will keep sheriff's staff if elected

    Stivers says he’ll keep sheriff’s staff, if elected
    I am proud to again announce my candidacy for the office of sheriff of Henry County.
    Because of statements made that concerned many voters during the 2014 campaign, I want the voters to be perfectly clear that the personnel under the current administration will not be out of a job if I am elected.
    It would be extremely irresponsible to fire trained personnel who have been doing a good job.

  • Reckoning with Addiction: Shorter lives and other effects

    By John Inscore Essick

    Port Royal Baptist Church

    The average lifespan for Americans has been going up since the 1960s.

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic caused a brief drop in life expectancy in 1993, but the average age began to rise again as we learned how to help those with HIV/AIDS live longer with the virus.

    Similarly, public health researchers suggest that the recent spike in opioid overdoses is also lowering life expectancy projections in the United States.