Columns and Editorials

  • Fourth quarter surge, still waiting for budget

    Not only did Friday mark the end to another busy week in the Kentucky Senate, it also was day 46 of our 60-day legislative session. We are now in the proverbial “fourth quarter” when the House and the Senate must come together to get a victory for the state of Kentucky by passing a responsible budget. After 10 weeks we are still awaiting a key “assist” from our colleagues in the House in the form of a budget bill that has yet to pass the lower chamber.

  • Don't put off screening for another day

    A predicted 2,200 Kentuckians will find out they have colon cancer this year and more than 800 will die from the disease. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to practice recognition and ask ourselves, “What can we do to save lives?”

  • Providing protections for vulnerable Kentucians

    By Paul Hornback, Ky. Senate

    The passage of bills that would help children with disabilities, preserve rights of victims in criminal cases, and fight for the rights of the unborn highlighted another busy week in the Senate. As Thursday marked day 40 of our 60-day legislative session in Frankfort, we are still anxiously awaiting a budget bill from our colleagues in the House.

  • Sharing the art and science of Henry County photography

    Here’s a professional confession — the bright red bird presented on the front page of the Feb. 17 edition of the newspaper wasn’t actually a Kentucky cardinal.

    In truth, that colorful example of the species perched on the edge of a feeder in Virginia. The file photo remained buried deep in my collected archive of 44,000 images.

  • Lessons learned from Grandpa Knapp

    My Grandpa (Gaylon O. Knapp) was a farmer. 

    Some of my happiest memories from childhood include times spent with him in his fields. Long before I was old enough to be of real help, Grandpa found things for me to do. 

  • House considers bills to provide consumer protection

    When it comes to the public’s safety and well-being, consumer protection may not always grab the headlines, but that doesn’t diminish its importance.

    It was the key theme last week in the Kentucky House, which moved forward not one but four bills touching on this issue.

  • Extra! Extra! Henry County Local among best in Ky.

    You hold in your hands one of the best newspapers in Kentucky. 

    Although that is my personal opinion, you don’t have to take that at face value. We have proof.

    Last week at an awards presentation of the Kentucky Press Association, The “Henry County Local,” your community newspaper, earned a third place award for overall General Excellence among like-sized weekly newspapers across the state.

  • House focuses on infrastructure, economic development

    The General Assembly debates dozens of bills each legislative session, but most fall under several broad categories: education, health and public safety, infrastructure and economic development.

    Those last two were the chief focus of the Kentucky House’s work last week, as my colleagues and I approved legislation that would make it easier for government and the private sector to work together and that would take an in-depth look at the state’s workforce development programs.

  • Movie star visits Frankfort, several bills pass Senate

    With many guests, packed committee meetings and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort. Hollywood stars, national organizations and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session.

    The national organization Save The Children, which promotes early childhood learning, had its Action Network President Mark Shriver and actress Jennifer Garner testify in Frankfort on behalf of the organization and their work throughout Kentucky. 

  • Senate bill adds pro-life measure, Georgia Powers honored

    The fifth week of the 2016 Legislative Session in Frankfort was historic in a number of ways. Governor Matt Bevin signed his first piece of legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 4. We also said goodbye to former Ky. Senator and civil rights activist, Georgia Davis Powers.