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Columns and Editorials

  • Time for state legislators to get back to work, approve budget

    This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s fifteenth state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.

    The House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.

    Our biggest task during this time will be enacting a two-year state budget that will take effect next July. While it is too soon to say what policy decisions will be made, the overall numbers are already known.

  • Hoping holiday cheer carries over to new year

    The abrupt end to holiday festivities feels an awful lot like going cold turkey this year.

    Usually, the aftermath of all the planning, decorating, shopping for those perfect Christmas presents, wrapping, cooking and serving and then ushering guests to their cars generates a feeling of relief.

    It’s understandable — the various activities that people over-commit to during this season requires much energy and fortitude to carry out.

  • State lawmakers prepare for new legislative session

    As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol next week to start another legislative session, it is worth taking a look back on what has happened since the last one ended in late March.

    This period is known as the interim, and it gives the House and Senate’s two dozen joint committees – plus several temporary ones – time to review the issues affecting the state in a less pressure-filled setting.  In some cases, meetings are held across the state.

  • Things are looking up for Kentucky in 2016

    Around this time of year, we often find ourselves counting, whether it is the number of days left in the year, the number of presents we still need to buy or the number of calories we put on our plates.  The holidays are when many count their blessings as well.

    In that regard, 2015 has turned out to be a pretty good year in many respects for the commonwealth.

  • Kentucky offers many seasonal gifts and activities

    If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, or for an experience that puts a Kentucky spin on the season, the good news is that there is no shortage of opportunities even as time starts to draw short.

  • Budget deadline looming

    By Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative

    Will Dec. 11 mark another déjà vu moment for Congress?  This looming deadline is the day by which Congress must once again fund the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year. 

  • Have you read the Local lately?

    If for some crazy reason you haven’t read a Henry County Local in a while, here’s your chance. 

    Welcome to a free sample issue of your weekly community newspaper. Consider it our gift to you to introduce you to or remind you of what you could be getting each week.

  • When faith is not enough, invest in hope

    We invest a lot in Christmas, and I don’t mean the dollars we spend...though many do invest a lot of those. 

    We invest emotions. We want our celebrations — family, church, and community — to be perfect. We want everyone present, the food to be perfect, and everyone to be of good cheer the whole day long. It seldom works out that way.

  • Legislators are preparing for the 2016 General Assembly

    With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the General Assembly is winding down what it calls the interim and is preparing for the 2016 legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5 and last for 60 working days.
    Although it is impossible to predict what ultimately will become law, we are getting a clearer idea of the major topics that will be debated.

  • Every day provides opportunities to be thankful

    Thanksgiving definitely provided the warming glow of visiting with family, while nestled in my in-laws’ new home. It was more than cozy.
    Beth and I switched up holiday travel this year with the destination of Asheboro, N.C., as our goal to carve turkey and ham with extended family.
    A fairly typical southern city, Asheboro built itself up through a cluster of furniture and textile mills, but now is mainly known to outsiders as the official home of the North Carolina Zoo.