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Today's Opinions

  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is a very special month at OVEC Head Start and Early Head Start!

    Since the 1970s, April has been recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Blue ribbons, the national symbol for child abuse and neglect awareness, can be seen almost everywhere — tied to car antennas, street lamps, business doors and pinned on the shirts of people who care about children and families.

  • Hard times in the industry hit home

    It’s a scary time in newspaperland lately.

    Just a few weeks ago, a paper I’ve long respected — The Rocky Mountain News — closed its doors and shut down production after almost 150 years of continuous printing.

    Other newspapers have fallen by the wayside in a dazzling, and frightening display in recent months.

  • General Assembly finishes session

    The General Assembly finished its legislative session late last week, ending nearly three months of work that will have a positive impact for years to come.

    Highlights range from a plan to overcome a large budget deficit to significantly revising the tests that determine how well our schools are progressing.  We covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time, especially when considering that this was a “short” session – so named because it is half as long as those in even-numbered years.

  • The Devil is in the Details: An Assault on Charitable Giving

    In these difficult economic times, more Americans are turning to non-profit and charity organizations for assistance.  From local soup kitchens and homeless shelters to major philanthropic organizations, like the Red Cross and Goodwill Industries, charities across the nation are reporting an overwhelming increase in demand for their services.  However, due to a short-sighted provision included in President Barack Obama’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2010, some charities may be unable to continue to respond to the needs of our communities.

  • The devil is in the details: higher taxes for small businesses

    The U.S. Labor Department recently released the unemployment numbers for February. More than 650,000 jobs were lost last month, pushing the national unemployment rate to 8.1 percent, up from 7.6 percent in January.  

    Since the recession began in December 2007, 4.4 million jobs have been cut. February’s report further underscores the importance of creating and protecting American jobs.  

    It is through this framework that we must examine President Barack Obama’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2010.

  • General Assembly egular session wraps up this week

    The 2009 Regular Session – which wraps up on Friday this week – will long be remembered for several reasons.  During this time we overcame a large budget deficit, overhauled the state testing system for our schools and set in motion nearly $2 billion in road improvements.  We also sought to slow our skyrocketing prison growth by providing more substance-abuse treatment to those whose addiction has led to an arrest.

    There were quite a few other bills about to become law, though, that in ways large and small will make a difference in our lives.

  • Henry County Republican party honors Abraham Lincoln

    This year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.  Born on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, he led a modest life, worked hard, and went on to become the 16th President of the United States.  Abraham Lincoln won the presidency in 1860 as the candidate of the newly formed Republican Party.  He led our nation through one of the most devastating periods in our history - the Civil War.  He is considered by many to have been the greatest American president. 

  • Sorry, I ain’t birthin’ no babies

    Spring has arrived, and I’m pretty happy about that — except for one thing.

    Spring, as you know, is when most livestock give birth. Each year we have mares that are bred to foal in March, April or May, and that makes me extremely nervous. Being a stay-at-home wife, I am the designated lookout. Somehow it is my job to keep an eye on the mares and make sure that everything is going okay, should they foal.