Today's Opinions

  • Letters: School board appreciation month and more

    Join us in school board appreciation month
    The students and teachers, the administrators and the service workers of both the Eminence Independent Schools and Henry County Public Schools Systems deserve praise for working hard in their roles. We are blessed to have some of the finest in the state.
    Equally deserving of praise are the members of each district’s board of education — not only for their work, their commitment to our students, but for their leadership.

  • I resolve to improve by strictly observing the Golden Rule

    New Years resolutions. We’ve all made them. We’ve all broken them. So, why make them?
    The reason to create — and, hopefully, stick to — our plans is that repetition and persistence help develop muscle memory.
    This could become a reflex we use to reach our goals. And a new year is a great time for a fresh beginning to get rid of habits that either hold us back or harm others.
    I don’t usually make resolutions, but this year, I’ve created a laundry list of goals for 2018.

  • The Local’s holiday letter to our family and friends

    Holiday letters are a wonderful way to reconnect with friends and neighbors — they afford the opportunity to step back, smile, remind us of our connections near and far and to reflect on changes from the past year and plans for the future.

    As we close the year at the Henry County Local and reflect on all that we are grateful for, leading that list is our wonderful community of readers and advertisers, as well as living in a country that allows for a free press and free speech.

  • Reckoning with Addiction: The view with the EMS

    By John Iscore Essick

    Henry County Emergency Medical Services (HCEMS) personnel are trained and prepared to assist in some of the most difficult and frightening moments of our lives.  

    I rode along with HCEMS on three different occasions in recent months to hear their perspective on addiction in our county.

  • Letters: Henry County is an organ donation program leader

    Henry County is an organ donation program leader

    During this season of thanksgiving and gift giving, I thought it was a great time to tell you how thankful I am to live in such an amazing county!

  • Volunteers make sacrifices to serve their community

    A few community members typically carry the water for the rest of us. I’m thinking specifically about the community’s need for volunteers to “staff” local fire departments.

    At the risk of repeating myself in praise of firefighters, here I go again.

    There’s no need to pose a hypothetical question about why so few folks step up to protect their friends and neighbors.

  • Letter: Democratic event a success

     Organizers call Democratic event a success

  • The job of the courts isn’t cutting out competition

    Having read Pilot’s lawsuit filed against Thorntons and having been present during the rezoning process, it seems to me like the attorneys for Pilot have drafted a legal euphemism that actually means, “We don’t want any more competition.”

    They can’t openly come out and say that, of course, because it’s not the job of the courts to limit the number of businesses that can operate in an area.