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Today's Opinions

  • Mental health and substance abuse present persistent challenges

    One of the country’s most persistent challenges is finding ways to help those struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues beyond their control.
    Federal figures show the number to be significant.  In 2008, it was estimated that 30 million Americans had received treatment for a mental health issue in the previous year, and about 22 million were believed to be addicted to drugs or alcohol.

  • Vote yes on city, county options

    If it weren’t for our front page, you might not know there’s a wet/dry vote coming up.

    There’s been little discussion, very few phone calls and no letters to the editor about the local option votes to be held Dec. 13 countywide and for New Castle.

    Even the referendum on the Henry County Country Club vote in June generated two letters. And that involved just one precinct.

    Several years ago, when Eminence was considering by-the-drink liquor sales, there was plenty of public discussion for or against.

  • Vote yes on city, county options

    If it weren’t for our front page, you might not know there’s a wet/dry vote coming up.

    There’s been little discussion, very few phone calls and no letters to the editor about the local option votes to be held Dec. 13 countywide and for New Castle.

    Even the referendum on the Henry County Country Club vote in June generated two letters. And that involved just one precinct.

    Several years ago, when Eminence was considering by-the-drink liquor sales, there was plenty of public discussion for or against.

  • Addressing school bullying

    Bullying is one of the most common forms of violence seen in schools. A national survey conducted by the federal government in 2007-08 found that more than 55 million school-aged children have reported being a victim of bullying.

    There are many different ways a child can be bullied. Bullying can range from simple name calling to physical altercations.  Today cyber-bullying has grown in popularity. Children can experience bullying while online and their offenders often remain anonymous.

  • Addressing school bullying

    Bullying is one of the most common forms of violence seen in schools. A national survey conducted by the federal government in 2007-08 found that more than 55 million school-aged children have reported being a victim of bullying.

    There are many different ways a child can be bullied. Bullying can range from simple name calling to physical altercations.  Today cyber-bullying has grown in popularity. Children can experience bullying while online and their offenders often remain anonymous.

  • Couponing 101: Keys to winning the game

    By Darby Dugan

  • A brief introduction to Planning and Zoning

    Greetings from the Henry County Planning and Zoning Office. I am Jody Rucker, Planning and Zoning Coordinator and Solid Waste Manager for Henry County I have been on the job about 9 months now. I will be writing a article about every 6 weeks in an effort to answer some questions regarding planning and zoning, solid waste ordinances, and other areas that our office is involved with. This article will be set up like a question and answer session. Our office and the Henry County Local will be reviewing questions/suggestions for future articles.

  • Overreaching health care law an obstacle to jobs

    Even before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was law, many Americans argued that the bill’s requirement for everyone to have health insurance (also known as the individual mandate) was overreaching and even unconstitutional. Since then, this mandate has become the subject of numerous court cases across the country.
    Last month, I joined more than 100 of my colleagues to sign an amicus brief in support of these challenges to the constitutionality of the health care law and urging the Supreme Court to consider this case.