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Today's Opinions

  • A brief introduction to Planning and Zoning

    Greetings from the Henry County Planning and Zoning Office. I am Jody Rucker, Planning and Zoning Coordinator and Solid Waste Manager for Henry County I have been on the job about 9 months now. I will be writing a article about every 6 weeks in an effort to answer some questions regarding planning and zoning, solid waste ordinances, and other areas that our office is involved with. This article will be set up like a question and answer session. Our office and the Henry County Local will be reviewing questions/suggestions for future articles.

  • Overreaching health care law an obstacle to jobs

    Even before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was law, many Americans argued that the bill’s requirement for everyone to have health insurance (also known as the individual mandate) was overreaching and even unconstitutional. Since then, this mandate has become the subject of numerous court cases across the country.
    Last month, I joined more than 100 of my colleagues to sign an amicus brief in support of these challenges to the constitutionality of the health care law and urging the Supreme Court to consider this case.

  • Budget will be top priority in 2012 
session

    When the General Assembly opens the 2012 Regular Session in early January, there is no doubt what the top issue will be: enacting the state’s budget for the next two years.  Redrawing state House, Senate and congressional districts, something done after each census, will likely be prominent as well, especially in the session’s opening weeks.

  • Budget will be top priority in 2012 
session

    When the General Assembly opens the 2012 Regular Session in early January, there is no doubt what the top issue will be: enacting the state’s budget for the next two years.  Redrawing state House, Senate and congressional districts, something done after each census, will likely be prominent as well, especially in the session’s opening weeks.

  • Using best practices to improve government

    Advances in computer and information technology are changing the way we live and work.  While the private sector has set the pace using new technology to improve performance, government lags behind.  The failure to adopt these best practices makes government agencies and programs less efficient in delivering service to Americans and less cost-effective for taxpayers.

  • Using best practices to improve government

    Advances in computer and information technology are changing the way we live and work.  While the private sector has set the pace using new technology to improve performance, government lags behind.  The failure to adopt these best practices makes government agencies and programs less efficient in delivering service to Americans and less cost-effective for taxpayers.

  • Dinner conversation with Paul

    By Michael Duncan
    Pastor, Eminence Baptist Church

    I like having dinner with friends. The menu is immaterial, though a tasty meal well-served is nice. The best part of dinner with friends is the conversation. No matter how often I share dinner with a friend or friends, there is always something new to learn and share; and there is, of course, the joy of revisiting a shared past.

  • Middle school students get a dose of Reality

    Last Thursday more than 350 students from Eminence Independent Schools and Henry County Public Schools participated in the Reality Store. This event allows students the opportunity to see how difficult it can be to make ends meet financially, month to month.