Columns and Editorials

  • Not many snakes slither in Henry County

    On sunny but cool spring days, snakes warming up their cold-blooded selves on the heat-absorbing blacktop is their version of a human basking in a campfire.

    It happened fairly often that snakes would sprawl out in the middle of an Indiana country road to get comfortable. As a young driver, I learned the hard way that bump in the road wasn’t a piece of tire or other kind of long, skinny debris that commonly appear in the highway, but it was the snake who paid the awful price.

  • Crime report shows Kentucky remains one of the safest states in the nation

    For decades now, Kentucky State Police has annually compiled a comprehensive look at crime across the commonwealth, giving the public and law enforcement alike a much clearer picture of the challenges we face.

    The reports come out each summer and pull together data from local and state agencies, highlighting both short- and long-term trends.  

  • Why did the turtle cross the road?

    I was in a hurry to get somewhere, as usual. I was waiting rather impatiently for the light to change so I could get on my way. Little did I know I would witness the happy ending of a life and death situation.

    I was sitting in the coveted pole position at the light of a four-way intersection. From my vantage point, I could see that when the turning traffic cleared the next light, I would have smooth sailing to my destination.

  • Four for freedom

    Washington, D.C. has the bad news blues.  Whether it’s Congress passing bills that spend billions of dollars we don’t have, rogue Supreme Court justices ignoring the clear text of the Constitution, or yet another unelected executive branch agency bureaucrat issuing a “regulation” that punishes free enterprise, it often seems that victories for freedom and liberty are rare.

  • Confederates' flag may return to the attic

    The decision made by South Carolina to lower the flag from their capitol grounds and display it in a museum instead roiled my former home with a related controversy.

  • Chamber transitions to new leadership

    by Paul Cole, Henry County Chamber of Commerce executive director

  • Doing what might be the most difficult job

    Part of my job involves the unenviable task of going to and reporting on tragic events like fires and car accidents, some of which involve loss of life. There are only a handful of people – police officers and emergency responders, mainly – that would ever see what takes place at the scene.

  • Connecting Kentucky to the world

    Three months ago, when the Washington Post ran a story comparing peak broadband internet speeds among the states, the news for Kentucky was not good: We came in last, behind Arkansas.  Our rate is half of what can be found in Virginia, which placed second.

  • Protecting our road funds

    At a recent House Rules committee hearing, one of my colleagues from New York declared that the potholes in the roads in her district are so bad, “you can lose your car in them.”  Kentuckians and Americans from all over the country agree. It is long past time that something was done to address the deplorable state of the highways and infrastructure in this country. 

  • Outdoor events always at mercy of Mother Nature

    A good event planner thinks of everything. After choosing a date, picking just the right venue, setting a schedule, lining up participants and volunteers, there are hundreds of emails and phone calls to confirm all the plans and be as ready as possible for the big day.

    Despite all efforts, there is one aspect of the day that even the best planner has absolutely no control over – the weather.