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Columns and Editorials

  • You’re probably from Henry County if...

    Do you remember the days when cruising was a weekly event?
    Or the days of the Eminence v. Henry County football games?
    Or how about B&D Video or Lola’s Restaurant in Eminence?
    Or, better yet, do you remember the days of Big Henry?
    If so, you’re probably from Henry County.
    It’s the latest Facebook rage — community pages where folks share their favorite memories from the communities they grew up in. The memories are touching, funny, sad and some a smidge risque.

  • Needed reform: The REINS Act

    Some utility companies in Kentucky announced in May that they would need to raise electricity rates by about 20 percent  over the next five years in order to pay for the upgrades necessary to meet stricter federal environmental regulations.

    These new rules and the resulting increase in utility rates will make it more difficult for families to pay their bills, and will leave job creating businesses with less money to grow and hire new employees.

  • Broadband becoming a common utility

    For a growing number of Kentuckians, broadband internet is given no more thought than any other utility. Like television and electricity, it’s just expected to be there.

    In fact, it can now be found in about 40 percent of the state’s homes. While that is positive, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we need to see that number grow. According to a Federal Communications Commission report, most states have moved ahead of us when it comes to providing access to this fast-speed connection.

  • Guest Column

    As Congress and the President continue to negotiate terms on the debt ceiling before the August deadline, some may ask: what exactly is the debt ceiling?

  • Courthouse decision won’t be easy

    $12.5 million. 37,500 square feet.

    That’s a lot of money, and that’s a lot of space for a new justice center.

    And in less than a week, the Fiscal Court will have to decide whether or not it will happen.

    It won’t be an easy decision, I’m sure. Supporters and opponents of the proposal by the Administrative Office of the Courts make valid points.

    When the current Henry County Courthouse was built in 1876, it must have been quite a sight; it still is.

  • New justice center: Is it a priority?

    by John Logan Brent

  • NE New Castle voters should support option

    In less than two weeks, voters in the Northeast New Castle precinct will have a chance to decide whether or not Henry County Country Club can sell alcohol.

    They should vote to approve the measure.

    Do you want Henry County businesses to be competitive, or do you not? I certainly do.

  • A plan for America’s jobs creators

    As the jobless rate in Kentucky continues to hover around ten percent, it is clear that years of unchecked government growth and spending by Washington Democrats did not restore our economy, nor put Americans back to work.  It is time for a new plan.

  • Freedom is anything but free

    For many Americans, Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer.  But, more importantly, Memorial Day is a day for us to remember and give thanks to all those who have given their lives in service to our nation and to preserve the freedom we enjoy. 

    As a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, I am especially mindful this Memorial Day of our troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, around the world and here at home. 

  • ‘We’ve come a long way in 3 years’

    “We’ve come a long way in three years.”

    Eminence City Council member Danny Meadows couldn’t have spoken truer words at last week’s council meeting.

    Little more than three years ago, in April 2008, the Eminence City Council took a step that’s a bit rare in politics these days — they admitted they made a mistake in how they went about reopening the city’s former swimming pool.