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Columns and Editorials

  • Budget will be top priority in 2012 
session

    When the General Assembly opens the 2012 Regular Session in early January, there is no doubt what the top issue will be: enacting the state’s budget for the next two years.  Redrawing state House, Senate and congressional districts, something done after each census, will likely be prominent as well, especially in the session’s opening weeks.

  • Using best practices to improve government

    Advances in computer and information technology are changing the way we live and work.  While the private sector has set the pace using new technology to improve performance, government lags behind.  The failure to adopt these best practices makes government agencies and programs less efficient in delivering service to Americans and less cost-effective for taxpayers.

  • Dinner conversation with Paul

    By Michael Duncan
    Pastor, Eminence Baptist Church

    I like having dinner with friends. The menu is immaterial, though a tasty meal well-served is nice. The best part of dinner with friends is the conversation. No matter how often I share dinner with a friend or friends, there is always something new to learn and share; and there is, of course, the joy of revisiting a shared past.

  • Middle school students get a dose of Reality

    Last Thursday more than 350 students from Eminence Independent Schools and Henry County Public Schools participated in the Reality Store. This event allows students the opportunity to see how difficult it can be to make ends meet financially, month to month.

  • Veterans Day a special time for state, country

    Veterans Day is always a special time for our country, but it promises to be even more memorable on Friday because of its location on the calendar.

    That’s because, for the first time ever, the year aligns perfectly with the holiday’s specific time of remembrance.  It will be another century before anyone else can pause to honor those who have served our country on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year.

  • Couponing is not just for groceries

    Two weeks ago, I put the question To Coupon or Not to Coupon to you. Hopefully, that got your attention. This week, I’m going to take that further.

    The average family that coupons as I teach them how saves roughly $450 a month. That comes to $5,400 a year.

    Imagine what you could do with that money — put it toward your mortgage, pay down your bills, help pay for your child’s education, fund your retirement … The possibilities are endless.

  • Countywide road cleanup is Nov. 5

    Greetings from the Henry County Planning and Zoning Office. Saturday, Nov. 5, is the annual countywide road cleanup day. This program has been in place for several years. A $28,000 litter abatement grant through the Energy and Enviroment Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Waste Management help fund this event, which is administrated through the Solid Waste Office of Henry County.

    The program donates $100 per mile for groups to clean the roadways in our county.

  • Kentucky gaining ground in science and technology

    Over the last few decades, Kentucky has gained a well-earned reputation for its groundbreaking work in science and technology.

    We will forever be home to the world’s first self-contained artificial heart and the nation’s first hand transplant, for example, and two of our researchers were behind the world’s first 100 percent effective cancer vaccine.

  • 900 Days without a Budget

    Kentucky families and businesses plan and prioritize their spending by making and following a responsible budget.  Congress is required to do the same by passing an annual budget, a blueprint for all federal spending. 

    While the House of Representatives passed a fiscally responsible budget on April 11, 2011, the Senate has not passed a budget since April 29, 2009, more than 900 days ago.

    Not only is this fiscally irresponsible, it is a failure of leadership and a breakdown of one of the most basic functions of government.

  • To Coupon or not to Coupon? Duh!

    Are you like most of us, feeling the pain in your budget whenever you check out at the grocery? Well, friend, you’re not alone … According to the USDA, as of June, 2011, a family of four living in the U.S. will spend, on average, per year, the following:

    On a Thrifty Plan — $7,340.40.

    On a Low Cost Plan —$9,553.20.

    On a Moderate Cost Plan — $11,944.80.

    On a Liberal Plan — $14,497.20.