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Today's Opinions

  • We make going viral our constant goal

     Last Friday served as a fairly routine day around the “Henry County Local” office as I typed up notes, answered phone calls and sent e-mails, despite the fact the newspaper could celebrate another unsurpassed online achievement.

  • Letters to the Editor, July 12, 2017

     Objects to testing school clubs for drugs

    First, our government wants to invade our privacy in everything we do. Now, [Eminence Independent Schools Superintendent] Buddy Berry wants to do the same thing in our schools.

    I understand the concept behind drug testing athletes and drivers transporting students in buses, but drug testing students in clubs is going too far. What’s next? Are they going to start coming into our homes?

  • Help others find their way to Recovery

    By Denise Perry 

    Henry County Deputy Judge-Executive

    As communities confront the addiction crisis running through them, everyone realizes that multiple and varied approaches are necessary. 

    Pastors and concerned citizens have been meeting for over a year.  One of the results of their efforts was Celebrate Recovery, which is now supporting individuals dealing with the struggles of rescuing themselves or someone they love.

  • Time well spent in my years at the Local

    When I first joined the staff of the “Henry County Local” back in 1999, I had never written a single newspaper article or managed a staff. I did come with a master’s degree in English and a good head on my shoulders, and the person who hired me must have seen some potential there.

    I came knowing next to nothing about running a newspaper.

  • Remembering fight for freedoms

    Over 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers put their lives on the line to create a new country in which freedom reigned. These men had a vision of a nation unafraid to face its enemies and win. We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception but continue to fight for our God-given rights unique to the United States of America.

  • Health care changes could affect families

    The action in Congress to radically reduce Medicaid spending could have huge consequences for families in Henry County, regardless of whether they directly benefit from the program.

  • Brent: New staff is ready to serve county

    The one characteristic of “local” government that I think citizens most appreciate is accessibility. In a day of automated operators, telephone prompts and websites, it is refreshing to call a number, get a friendly person on the other end and have your question answered.  
    It is equally nice to be able to walk into an office without an appointment and have someone that you know, or at least know of, assist you with your business, questions and problems.  

  • Military sacrifices

    My grandson was deployed recently, and I couldn’t be there to see him off. My heart longed to support him and my daughter, his mother, but circumstances beyond my control wouldn’t allow it.