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Columns and Editorials

  • 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.

  • Reach Out & Read: A different kind of prescription

    You may have seen a recent special report on the NBC Nightly News highlighting efforts to provide military children with books through the Reach Out and Read Program.  

    Reach Out and Read is a national program in the doctor’s office that begins at the 6-month check up and continues through age 5 and provides a new book at each wellness visit.  

  • Get your body ready for winter

    As the weather turns cooler and the leaves turn colorful, thoughts turn toward winterizing your home and car. But did you ever think about winterizing your body? Not buying a new coat, hat or gloves, or adding an extra layer of fat for insulation… but did you think about minimizing your risk of falling?

  • It’s Holiday Bazaar time

    It is still a few weeks away but the Henry County Homemaker Organization would like to invite you to attend the 19th annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Henry County 4-H/Fairgrounds Building. We will have about 30 booths that will be just chock full of arts, crafts, goodies, and gifts for those holiday shopping lists. The senior citizens from Tri-County Community Action will be serving lunch throughout the day.

  • Create jobs by selling American

    Kentucky families continue to work hard to make ends meet in an uncertain economy while unemployment remains unacceptably high. That is why one of my top priorities is advancing positive, commonsense economic policies that will help the private sector grow and hire.  Congress made progress last week by passing trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea with broad bipartisan support.

  • Amnesty program has many benefits

    Today I would like to talk about the state Tire Amnesty Program put on by the Kentucky Department of Waste Management.

    The program began in the county in 1999 and continued every four years. The program is set up to accept and dispose of most tires, in an effort to eliminate unwanted tires from our streams, roadsides and other locations at no charge to the public. The program will be offered to Henry County residents Oct. 20-22 at the state road barn located on Kentucky-193, north of New Castle.

  • Saving with coupons – are you ready?

    Allow me to introduce myself, if you will. My name is Darby Dugan, a.k.a. The Coupon Goddess, a moniker bestowed upon me by one of my friends after seeing the many postings that I put on Facebook of my coupon savings.

  • We must take control of our words

    I confess to being a Facebook fan.  While I don’t spend a lot time on Facebook, I do find it an interesting place to visit.  Recently, a friend posted the following: “If you didn’t hear it with your own ears or see it with your own eyes, don’t invent it with your small mind and share it with your big mouth.”