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Today's Opinions

  • Cold hard facts

    Editor’s note:
    The following submission was written in response to a letter to the editor from Jim Guthrie that appeared in the Sept. 24 edition of the newspaper. On the deficit question, a Google search can find sources that attribute different numbers to different presidents.
    For example, an article on about.com, http://useconomy.about.com/od/usdebtanddeficit/p/US-Debt-by-President.htm, says that President Barack Obama added $6.1 trillion whereas President George W. Bush added $5.8 trillion.

    Cold Hard Facts

  • Apply persepective to Ebola virus scare

    With the Ebola virus, as with anything, how worried you should be requires perspective.
    With this week’s revelation about deadly airbags, it appears American citizens are at four times greater risk from having a fatal accident with their own vehicular safety device than dying from the outbreak of the virus that causes hemorrhagic fever.
    One wag with an Internet meme referenced the danger from the disease more humorously: Country Singer Taylor Swift has broken up with more boys than Americans that suffer from Ebola.

  • Diabetes an epidemic

    Diabetes an epidemic
    I have followed much of the political talk and the needs for Henry County because I am a community-minded person and desire that we elect the best for all positions.   
    One thing that has not been mentioned is that we need a healthy community, which produces a healthier population.  Our rate of chronic disease in Henry County is far above the national level. 

  • Looking for pageant director

    The Henry County Fair Board, on behalf of the New Castle Lions Club (a501+c(3) non profit organization), would like to fill the position of Henry County Fair Pageant Director.
    This is a volunteer position that would coordinate activities with the Henry County Fair Pageant Committee.
    The position will have responsibility for recruiting contestants, obtaining donations and/or sponsors, and providing all supervision for activities relating to the promotion and production for all Henry County Fair Pageants.

  • Letters to the Editor Oct. 8

     Another choice

    We have three banks, two fast food outlets, three gas stations, two liquor stores, two dollar stores, two pizza stores and one grocery store. I would like [to point out to] the city council and mayor, after all these years of talking about economic growth, we still only have one choice of where to buy our groceries! We need “another choice.”

  • Letters to the Editor Oct. 1

     Ag Tag Money and Blue Corduroy

    There are masses of memories in Henry County that come from citizens’ time in the FFA. Many of those memories date back to one point…the first time you ever zip up the iconic blue corduroy jacket. 

  • The long way can be the most rewarding

     Two summers ago my family and I turned my dad’s business trip from Michigan to Las Vegas into a ten-day vacation. My brother had to stay behind for work, so my parents and sister and I made the sixty-hour drive. Thirty hours one way is long enough to spend in the car with anyone, let alone your family, but we saved money by not flying, and rented a vehicle with decent gas mileage.

  • Deputy’s salary questioned

     I would like to let the people of Henry County know about a recent change that has been made at the Henry County Sheriff’s office. 

    It appears that Sheriff Danny Cravens has changed his son’s hourly pay scale as a part-time deputy sheriff from $12.98 per hour to $25.31 per hour. No other employee at the Henry County Sheriff’s office received a pay increase when Deputy Cravens was changed.