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Today's Opinions

  • Stand up for the rights of all to disagree

    In a world seemingly awash in political strife, there’s a drip, drip, drip of condescension and negativity that threatens to erode all of our civil rights.

    Of course, the forum front and center in my concern is none other than Facebook, where it’s easier than ever to verbally abuse someone who is different from ourselves or who holds differing beliefs. 

  • The facts back public schools

    Since we became a state in 1792, Kentucky has been committed to education. It is that commitment that led to key education decisions in the Civil Rights movement, the passage of the landmark 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) and the 19-year-old Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act.

  • This is what democracy looks like

    Regardless of how you voted last November it’s impossible to deny our country is changing right before our eyes. It’s not an overstatement to say that the new administration will not only re-ignite the women’s movement, but galvanize our populous to seriously take a look at civil rights, human rights and religious tolerance.

    I’m motivated on a dozen levels after attending the Women’s March in DC.  

  • Pay attention to ongoing legislative actions

    I guess the repeal and replace rant that we have had to listen to for the last seven years was just campaign talk. 

  • Henry County winning the numbers game

    Please excuse the following column as I see an opportunity to indulge my numbers nerd side.

    The Kentucky State Data Center recently sent out updated population estimates based on the work of the U.S. Census Bureau, and it points to a continuing resilience in Henry County. 

    Exactly half of Kentucky’s 120 counties shrank population-wise and Casey County remained the same. Henry County can count itself among the 59 counties that gained population between 2015 and 2016.

  • Letters to the Editor, March 22, 2017

    Problem with protesters then?

    It appears that Mr. Leon Leonard was disturbed by the recent protests in the county and across the country demonstrating against assorted right-wing policies and politicians. He feels that “the country has spoken with their ballots … and the liberals…can’t come to grips with it.”

  • Charter schools bill on way to governor's desk

    This has been a year for early arrivals at the State Capitol.

    Within a week of the 2017 legislative session’s start in January, bills started arriving in the governor’s office to be signed into law, an extraordinarily quick start for a session of the General Assembly.

    We’ve had more early arrivals at the Capitol in recent weeks as hundreds of the tulips in the Capitol gardens have already started blooming, a couple weeks ahead of their usual schedule.

  • Anger at protests

    In response to Mr. Joseph Yates’ letter published in the March 1 edition of the Local, specifically to the last paragraph, I’d like to comment.  

    Mr. Yates states that he “cannot recall any crowd coming together to demonstrate against a sitting congressman, ever.”  Well, I can’t either, but I believe I can offer some insights.