Today's Opinions

  • Credit for hard work

    Hats off to Deborah Fisher — she’s been a busy lady lately. First off, she had an idea to honor the Odd Fellows for their 144 years of service with a float in the annual New Castle Homecoming  parade. But she was also on the committee for the Friday evening block party, before the homecoming parade. She decided to get all the little children that wanted to ride on the float, that she was going to organize and let them wear costumes around a big birthday cake.  

  • Disappointed with picnic pricing

    My family and I rode over to New Castle [for the Homecoming] picnic Saturday evening, as we have for years, because both of my grandfathers were Odd Fellows. We were charged $20 for four adults, which would have been fine, but it was 9:35 p.m.

    My mom, who is in her 80s, just wanted to ride through. We tried to explain that to Mr. R. Smith, but he insisted on our money at the gate. We weren’t going to be there no time, and it was pouring down like crazy. It never did let up.

  • Improvements in special education benefit Ky. students

    Before the mid-1970s, special education in our country’s public schools was all but non-existent. Many students were either outright denied the opportunity to attend because of their disability, or they received inferior instruction if they were able to enroll.

    That, thankfully, began to change in 1975, when Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act and required each state to provide appropriate services in this critical area.

  • Choosing to view the world in a positive light

    I have, at times, been accused of being a Pollyanna. It’s not an overly offensive name to be called, especially in light of the fact I’ve been called much worse.

    As a noun, Pollyanna means “an excessively or blindly optimistic person.” As an adjective, the descriptor takes a bit of a turn, being “unreasonably or illogically optimistic.”

  • Recovery program to begin

    On April 28, a public forum was held at Henry Christian Church.  The purpose of this forum was to create awareness and inform the public of the impeding addiction crisis in our county.  Our county Judge-Executive, John Logan Brent, spearheaded this meeting and invited many speakers to weigh-in on the topic with insight and logic.

  • Taking Kentucky's temperature: How we rank in U.S.

    Kentucky received some welcome news last month when a national study found that no state had a smaller gap when comparing the high school graduation rates of students from low- and higher-income families.

    The average gap across the country stands at 15 percent, but it’s just 1 percent here in the commonwealth.  In fact, our low-income students graduate at a higher rate than the overall national average, something only five other states can say.

  • Value-added ag venture adds to economic prosperity

    Even as tobacco has declined, agriculture still seems to be a major area of growth for Henry County and its economy.

    The afterglow of the Henry County Fair and all the hustle and bustle behind the recent Harvest Showcase probably contributed to this impression, but it seems like most of the favorable attention the county receives stems from agriculturally related topics and products.

  • Announcing candidacy

    After much prayer, discussions with my wife Debby, other family members and friends, and with the encouragement of many people in the community, I have decided to seek the office of family court judge for Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties.

    As many of you know, becoming family court judge has been a 10-year effort for me. 

    I believe that my background in sociology and my many years of practice in family law uniquely qualify me for this position.