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Today's Opinions

  • County government update: EMS, solid waste

    By Judge-Executive John Logan Brent

     

    Change has been the norm when it comes to Henry County EMS. Over the last 10 years, we have seen the service evolve from a part-time, paid day service to a 24/7 paid service with paramedics. Not so long ago there were dozens of volunteer EMT’s with ambulances stationed in the county’s four biggest towns. Today there are less than a handful of volunteers and they assist the county with runs. These folks make a modest per diem and are an important part of our service.

  • ACA fight similar to Social Security in 1935

    By Joe Yates

     

    George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” With that in mind, let’s compare the outcry against Obamacare against the opposition to earlier progressive movements. The Affordable Care Act is a big deal; there’s a lot of information out there. But who’s telling the truth? A bit of historical perspective might help.

  • Children become the adults we are

    Parents and other concerned adults worry a lot about the things, ideas  and behaviors to which children are exposed, and rightly so.

    Our children learn to be who they are becoming from a variety of sources: people with whom they associate, places they go, movies they see, sites they visit on the internet, teachers and coaches who guide them, etc. All of this can’t be controlled 24/7. What’s a parent to do?

    While not a parent, I am an adult who is concerned about our children.

  • Thank you for FFA support

    I would like to thank each of the 373 people who made the voluntary donation to the ag tag program in 2013.  I know that it is not something that you have to do and the Henry County FFA appreciates it very much!

  • Democrat devotion to Obamacare is cause of shutdown

    By Jon Park

     

    This past spring, while on vacation in our Nation’s Capital, my wife and I stopped at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office. In the corner was the 6-foot-tall stack of paper tied up in a red bow that is the Affordable Care Act. How could anyone have read the entire bill? The Speaker of the House at the time the bill was passed, Nancy Pelosi, said “we have to vote on it before we know what’s in it.” Three years later, we are still finding out what is in it.

  • County government update: Road Dept.

    By John Logan Brent

     

    This week I will highlight Henry County’s roads and a few of the projects that are in the works.

    With well over 200 miles of roads in the county system, there is always work to be done.

    This year’s budget allowed for resurfacing on 17 different roads for a total of 4,150 tons of blacktop laid at a cost of around $275,000. These funds come from taxes on gasoline that we all pay at the pump. The state collects these dollars and remits them based on a formula to each county.

  • 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.