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Columns and Editorials

  • Budget cuts reflect desire for fiscal responsibility

    By Paul Hornback, Ky. Senator

    After over two months of anticipation and debate, the Senate finally received the state budget bill from the House midway through the eleventh week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly. 

    Governor Bevin was elected in a landslide because the people of Kentucky recognized a need for financial change and fiscal responsibility. We think the upcoming budget will reflect those needs for the betterment of the Commonwealth.

  • Primary differences between versions of budget

    In one sense, Kentucky’s budget doesn’t change much from year to year.  A little more than half of every state dollar, for example, goes to our schools, colleges and universities.  Another fourth is dedicated to Medicaid and other health services, a little more than a tenth is spent on criminal justice and the final dime goes to everything else.

  • Bunnies don't lay eggs, or do they?

    As a child, Easter was a favorite holiday, behind Christmas and Halloween. Each came with copious amounts of candy, which my sweet tooth enjoyed immensely. At this time of year, I still indulge in at least one bag of jelly beans.

    I’ve never quite understood however, why we have an Easter bunny laying plastic eggs in straw baskets or scattering hard-boiled eggs across lawns for children to find.

  • Fourth quarter surge, still waiting for budget

    Not only did Friday mark the end to another busy week in the Kentucky Senate, it also was day 46 of our 60-day legislative session. We are now in the proverbial “fourth quarter” when the House and the Senate must come together to get a victory for the state of Kentucky by passing a responsible budget. After 10 weeks we are still awaiting a key “assist” from our colleagues in the House in the form of a budget bill that has yet to pass the lower chamber.

  • Don't put off screening for another day

    A predicted 2,200 Kentuckians will find out they have colon cancer this year and more than 800 will die from the disease. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to practice recognition and ask ourselves, “What can we do to save lives?”

  • Providing protections for vulnerable Kentucians

    By Paul Hornback, Ky. Senate

    The passage of bills that would help children with disabilities, preserve rights of victims in criminal cases, and fight for the rights of the unborn highlighted another busy week in the Senate. As Thursday marked day 40 of our 60-day legislative session in Frankfort, we are still anxiously awaiting a budget bill from our colleagues in the House.

  • Sharing the art and science of Henry County photography

    Here’s a professional confession — the bright red bird presented on the front page of the Feb. 17 edition of the newspaper wasn’t actually a Kentucky cardinal.

    In truth, that colorful example of the species perched on the edge of a feeder in Virginia. The file photo remained buried deep in my collected archive of 44,000 images.

  • Lessons learned from Grandpa Knapp

    My Grandpa (Gaylon O. Knapp) was a farmer. 

    Some of my happiest memories from childhood include times spent with him in his fields. Long before I was old enough to be of real help, Grandpa found things for me to do. 

  • House considers bills to provide consumer protection

    When it comes to the public’s safety and well-being, consumer protection may not always grab the headlines, but that doesn’t diminish its importance.

    It was the key theme last week in the Kentucky House, which moved forward not one but four bills touching on this issue.

  • Extra! Extra! Henry County Local among best in Ky.

    You hold in your hands one of the best newspapers in Kentucky. 

    Although that is my personal opinion, you don’t have to take that at face value. We have proof.

    Last week at an awards presentation of the Kentucky Press Association, The “Henry County Local,” your community newspaper, earned a third place award for overall General Excellence among like-sized weekly newspapers across the state.