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Columns and Editorials

  • Talking turkey in Kentucky

    This week, our families and friends will sit down at the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving, the oldest of the American-based holidays.

    Nearly 400 years have passed since the most famous of these harvest feasts was held by the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  It didn’t become the holiday we recognize today, though, until President Washington and then President Lincoln helped solidify its place on the calendar, which Congress finalized in the 1940s by declaring it to always be on the fourth Thursday of November.

  • Welcoming a new member of the family

    This year in time for the holidays, Beth and I decided to give ourselves a present. We adopted. 

    Perhaps it’s not the greatest outcome of all time for our new little one — he’s consigned to a small box for several hours most days; he eats like a pig, has already doubled in size and chews like a fiend; and strangers may well point and laugh at his antics.

  • A great day for Kentucky and America

    By Governor Matt Bevin

    History was made last Tuesday in both the Commonwealth and the nation. A political outsider won the presidency and did so while ignoring conventional political wisdom regarding campaign tactics. More importantly for the Commonwealth, a seismic political shockwave was felt across our state. 

  • Opinions are like noses, we all have one

    Speaking in absolutes will never benefit anyone.

    Classifying an entire segment of the population based on the thoughts, beliefs, words or actions of a few in that group devalues inherent individual belief systems. We are all individuals to be held accountable for our own actions, but in the end, we are far more alike than we are different.

  • Thanking Kentucky's veterans

    For nearly a century, our nation has paused on Nov. 11th to pay tribute to our veterans.  From the era of George Washington to now, this select group of men and women has unfailingly protected us here at home while sacrificing so much to promote and preserve freedom abroad.

  • A dangerous duck

    By Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative

  • Recapping 14 years of roadside cleanups

    By John Logan Brent, Henry County Judge-Executive

    On Saturday, Nov. 5, more than 40 non-profit and school groups came together in a coordinated effort to pick up our county’s roadways. 

    The result was 210 miles of roadway cleaned and 1,215 bags of trash picked-up. 

  • Kentucky's Forests

    Over the last 50 years, usually around the time fall colors are in full bloom, state and federal officials dedicate a week to highlight all of the products our forests provide.

    Kentucky, of course, has been blessed more than most states.  Trees cover nearly half of our 25 million acres, and we are among the nation’s leaders – and first in the South – when it comes to hardwood production. 

  • The best protection against a rigged election

    Major newspapers across the country have made their endorsements in the Nov. 8 presidential election, and now the Henry County Local wants to offer its own recommendation to all the registered voters out there.

    About 150 newspapers with a circulation of 20,000 or more have declared their support for the Democrat, Hillary Clinton, in the race for the highest office in the land over her Republican rival, Donald Trump, according to articles posted on the “Business Insider” website.

  • Community lost a good man in Norm

    I only met Norman Wood once, nearly 40 years after he created and launched the pre-eminent local grocery store. But it only took that one encounter to understand the most important parts of his life.

    He loved his wife Sally — the Pleasureville girl that he first met at the lunch counter in Cincinnati. Her mother Peggy Jones, who also worked at the lunch counter, evidently suspected that Sally would like the up-and-coming A&P manager who had a good job and income with a large corporation.