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Columns and Editorials

  • Cell phone users should take it outside

    Let me say first (to paraphrase the ultimate authority) “let she who is without sin cast the first iPhone.”

    So, in the interest of full disclosure I’ll admit I have forgotten to turn off my cell phone in public venues. I’ve been embarrassed a few times when the strains of “Incense and Peppermints” emit from my handbag.

    But, it was an oversight.

  • Cut spending and avoid a shutdown

    Congress is currently working to come to an agreement on funding the government through the remainder of the fiscal year ending in September before the current stop-gap measure expires on March 18.  Just as urgent is the need to begin to cut out of control spending, reduce the deficit and address our national debt which will increase confidence in the economy, and make room for the private sector to grow and create jobs.

  • GUEST COMMENTARY

    Long after a legislative session is in the history books, it is often remembered by just one or two of its most prominent bills.  Early last week, the General Assembly gave its overwhelming approval to the one that will almost certainly top this year’s list.

  • GUEST COLUMN

    Before the global economic crisis, most will remember that we experienced an energy crisis in the summer of 2008.  A gallon of gas cost more than four dollars and the price of oil reached nearly $150 a barrel.  During those months, families, seniors, businesses and schools experienced substantial hardship as a result.

  • Prayers are with families who lost homes

    When I got the news that a house in Eminence had been flattened, possibly by a tornado, Monday morning, my heart leapt into my throat.
    There’s never a good time to have a tornado, but 5 a.m., when most folks are still asleep, certainly is among the worst times it could happen.

    And when I arrived on the scene and saw the devastation for myself, I was stunned that there were as few injuries as there were. That Gregg Williams and his family escaped their home mostly unscathed is simply incredible.

    Likewise for Janet Spies and her family.

  • Local switching to paid website

    In recent weeks, we’ve instituted a few relatively small changes to our content that we hope you have enjoyed.

    But another change, that might not be as welcome, is coming.
    On March 23, the Local’s website, www.hclocal.com will become a subscription-based news and information source.

    We will still print our weekly edition, which you still can subscribe to and pick up at multiple locations in the county.

  • Irresponsibility at heart of animal control

    Animal control can be a large expense to county and metropolitan taxpayers, and there is one central reason why: irresponsible pet ownership.

    Basically, overcrowded animal shelters and overwhelmed animal-welfare groups are cleaning up messes made by people who refuse to do the right thing when it comes to their pets. Trust me, I know exactly how expensive this can be.

    Over the past eight years or so, Trimble and Henry counties had been paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Kentucky Humane Society to handle local animal control.

  • Patrick Henry Award winner chosen

    Submitted by Pat Wallace
    Henry County Chamber of Commerce

    One of the criteria for a person to receive the Patrick Henry Award, the most prestigious given in the county, is that the person has made a tremendous contribution to the betterment of the county and that the overall involvement of this person be without fanfare.

  • Something old is something new

    As you flip through the pages of your Local today, you might notice a few things that are, well, different.

    The first is immediately opposite of this page — Local Buzz.

    The Local staff decided a few months ago that our community calender, or bulletin board, could use a change.

    We wanted to add a few things and remove a couple things, and present them in a more eye catching way.

    Cindy DiFazio and Tawnja Morris came up with the name —Local Buzz, and the rest is history.

  • Local staff recognized by KPA

    Every year, come the third weekend in January, journalists across the state converge upon Louisville or Lexington for the annual Kentucky Press Association convention.

    The convention holds a variety of seminars, each introducing new ideas, but the highlight of the convention comes on Friday night — the awards banquet.

    It’s there that the hard work we do throughout the year is formally recognized.

    And this year, I’m pleased to tell you that your home-town paper earned second place general excellence in the mid-sized weekly division.