Today's Opinions

  • Kentucky's budget projects revenue surplus

    After weathering several tough budget cycles, the state is on track to end the current fiscal year next month with much better news to report.

    Two weeks ago, the Office of State Budget Director said that April’s General Fund receipts – which drive the budget – brought in a little more than $1 billion, a high-water mark that had never happened in a single month before.

  • In honor of John Hoffman

    In honor and in memory of John Hoffman, an outdoors enthusiast, writer and former contributor to the Henry County Local, we’d like to re-run one of his columns, printed in the early fall of 1999. 

    While Hoffman wrote about all things outdoors from hunting and fishing to ammo and gun recommendations, he seemed to have a special affinity for bird hunting and fishing. And he relished sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.

  • Follow-up to theft

    This is a comment on last week’s, Message to Thieves.

    The roll of wire mesh with straw that was taken (stolen) from the Defoe Cemetery. 

    The roll was returned to a cemetery board member.  The board member says the person who returned it did not do so because he/she read of it in the Local,  maybe his/her conscience got to bothering him/her.  

  • A Memorial Day message for those who serve

    It may not be the official start of the season, but for most of us, the upcoming three-day weekend is when summer arrives.

    This time is about much more than that, of course.  More importantly, it’s when our nation pays tribute to those who died defending our country.

    That list now has more than 1.2 million names, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • Thumbs up for positive content

    I would like to take a moment to let the staff of the Henry County Local know how much I appreciate their efforts in reporting all the good things going on in our community.  

    I know that whenever I have had an event going on such as Organ Donation Awareness Month or the Relay For Life, the Local has provided ample coverage to help get the information out.  

  • Get out and vote for the 2015 Primary

    Hundreds of thousands of young Americans are serving our military to preserve our way of life, and yet fewer and fewer of our citizens are participating in our democracy. May 19 is primary election day, when Kentuckians will be selecting candidates for governor, commissioner of agriculture and other constitutional officers. 

    Members of Henry County Farm Bureau hope every voter will make their voices heard by casting informed votes for our government leaders.

  • A call for Congress to repeal the Patriot Act

    By U.S. Representative Thomas Massie

    Congress faces a critical deadline, and time is running out.  On June 1, 2015, three provisions of the USA Patriot Act will expire.  The actions of the United States Congress between today and June 1 will affect the privacy and liberty of millions of innocent Americans.

  • Celebrating one year in Henry County

    This spring, my wife Beth and I have enjoyed several anniversaries that highlight our growing bonds with our new communities.

    With our transition eased by extended family long established in the region, we uprooted ourselves about 14 months ago from the mountains of Virginia, a place where we lived 17 years, to pursue great new opportunities here in Kentucky.