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Today's Opinions

  • Continuing improvement at park, fairgrounds

    By Judge Executive John Logan Brent

    Over the course of the next several weeks I will discuss some of the current happenings in county government. I plan to highlight various Fiscal Court responsibilities including: roads, EMS, parks, animal services, solid waste, economic development and the county budget. We will start this first week with an update on the parks and animal services programs.

  • Separating Obamacare fiction and reality

    By Joseph Yates

    I’m sure it’s not news to you that Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) kicks in soon.

    Many people have questions about the new law but, sadly, the misinformation machine never sleeps. These scare tactics make it hard for folks to get accurate information, particularly when we see rallies of hoodwinked people toting placards that say ”Get your government hands off my Medicare!” on our television news. But let’s go behind the curtains and confront some of these myths.

  • Anxiety: The first step is asking for help

    John couldn’t sleep because he had butterflies in his stomach and he just couldn’t get his mind to calm down.

    We have all had those anxious feelings before. Anxiety is a normal emotion that often accompanies events such as starting a new job, preparing for a test, or trying to make a big decision. Anxiety can be helpful to make sure that you are alert and on top of your game, but for some it can be overwhelming.

  • A nation under pressure

    By Lindsey Seel

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, 67 million Americans, or one in every three citizens, have a diagnosis of high blood pressure.

    So we are, quite literally, a nation under pressure. But unlike the pressures that plague our daily life that we are very much aware of, the pressure I am speaking of burdens our heart, brain, kidneys and blood vessels slowly and silently.

  • This GOP isn’t your grandmother’s party

    By Jon Park

     

    If there is anything we are learning as we study the last few years, it is not that the Republican Party needs to change or adapt to a changing world, no, it is that we need to do a better job of getting our message out. Henry County is a prime example of that.

    As I talked to Henry Countians at festivals and fairs this summer, we are not that far apart in our political ideology. Henry Countians are conservative.

  • Real change must be at state, federal levels

    Submitted by
    Harold Bratton

    Joe Yates is my attorney and friend. Sometimes friends don’t agree on things. Joe and I are like oil and water when it comes to our political views.

    I have been reading Joe’s columns since they began appearing in the Henry County Local. During that time I have found myself disagreeing with him more than not. After last week’s column I decided to write a rebuttal.

  • Civility is important everywhere

     By Lance Minnis

    An incident occurred today that really got me thinking about how we behave.

    I know some will scoff and call me a fuddy duddy or worse, and some may get mad because they see themselves in what I am about to say. Heck, I see myself in it at times, which only makes the point stronger.

  • Another conflict, another career stage

    A little over 23 years ago, the seeds were planted.

    The United States was preparing for war in the Middle East; at the time, Operation Desert Shield was underway. A few months later, Operation Desert Storm launched. At the same time, a journalist was born.