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Today's Opinions

  • Committee takes in-depth looks at issues affecting Kentucky

    Whenever the General Assembly wants to take a more in-depth look at an issue affecting Kentucky, it often turns to its Program Review and Investigations Committee.

    The subjects it covers are as wide ranging as state government.  Two of its most recent reports, for example, dealt with re-entry programs for felons completing their prison sentence and the cost of college and high school textbooks.

  • The courage to overcome irrational fears

    My daughter and her husband recently brought home a tiny black puppy for their five children. All the kids immediately began fawning over him except Ellie, age 6, who harbors a desperate fear that he might bite her. She leaps onto a chair or to the top of the couch whenever he’s around. While this reaction may sound reasonable, the truth is that this little creature weighs all of six pounds. The other morning I watched from a distance as she slowly and cautiously stretched out her little arm from the top of a riding toy to try petting him as he dashed around.

  • Customers appreciated at USPS

    Postmaster, New Castle

    You probably know that the Postal Service is big. To be able to serve the mailing needs of every American every business day, we have to be big! But we bet you didn’t know that:

  • HC Biggest Loser: Do not wait to lose!

    Henry County’s Reigning Biggest Loser

     

    “Matter cannot be created or destroyed.” As a seventh-eighth grade science teacher I know that this is true. If you exercise to burn off more calories than you consume, you have to lose weight. As the reigning Biggest Loser of Henry County, I challenge Henry County Local readers to join the next Biggest Loser Contest.  

     

  • The benefits of exercise

    This summer, I am encouraging Fourth District residents to join me in exercising more often.  As you may know, obesity can cause numerous complications to your health.  In Kentucky, more than twenty-seven percent of the population is obese.  However, by becoming more physically active, we can reverse this dangerous trend and put ourselves on the right track to a healthier future.  

  • Census Bureau reports moving rate at lowest in 60 years

    In any given year, a little more than 10 percent of our country’s population packs up its belongings and moves.  Most don’t go far: Two-thirds just re-locate to another area in the same county, and another fifth stay in the same state.

    In today’s economy, however, even our restless nature is taking a break.  The U.S. Census Bureau confirmed that last month, when it reported our country’s moving rate in 2008 was the lowest since the agency began tracking it in 1948.

  • National energy tax legislation will cause more pain for Kentucky families

    Over the next few weeks, the House of Representatives will dedicate significant energy to debating a proposal that will increase utility bills, raise the price of a gallon of gas, push food prices to new heights and generally increase the cost of nearly every consumer product in an attempt to hastily address the issue of global climate change. 

  • Too early to say if GA will be recalled to Frankfort

    In the 50 years since the federal government began tracking personal income growth, there has never been a three-month period that was lower than its counterpart from the previous year.

    This summer, however, that’s expected to change.