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Today's Opinions

  • Ducking protestors

    A letter in last week’s edition of the “Henry County Local” referred to a peaceful demonstration that occurred during a recent Republican-sponsored event attended by Rep. Thomas Massie. When it ended, rather than face those who had gathered in opposition to some of his policies, he ducked out a back door and was whisked away.

  • Church histories, futures source of inspiration

    Always one to share ideas freely, more than a year ago Ron Wright, Eminence native and Washington Lodge Odd Fellows member, suggested I could always write articles on local churches for Black History Month.

    As a good idea, that one stayed with me all the way through the rest of 2016 and into 2017, and it turned out successfully — in my opinion, anyway — when it comes to telling stories from different perspectives.

  • Fundraising dinner coming up

    It’s that time of year again. The 25th annual Eminence Education Foundation Dinner and Silent Auction is fast approaching. This year’s event will be held Saturday evening March 4. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. and buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with a live auction.

  • Voiced concerns over policies

    Congressman Thomas Massie attended an event in Henry County on Saturday and was met by supporters and resistors alike. I took the opportunity to show my concerns over Mr. Massie’s proposed legislation in regards to our community. How fortunate we are to live in a country where we enjoy freedom of speech and the right to assemble peaceably.

  • Busy week at the Capitol

    Headlines in recent days have made it clear that Kentucky’s problems with heroin, other illegal opioids and prescription drug abuse, continue to take lives and devastate communities at a shocking rate.

  • Musical memories compose happiest times

    I’m sure my former teachers would find it disappointing that I can’t readily recall fifth grade geography (we had to label all the counties in Kentucky), eighth grade Earth science (is that limestone or sandstone?) or tenth grade geometry (tangent and co-tangent – no clue). However, I find it remarkable that I can remember the lyrics to a song I last heard 20 years ago when it comes on the radio.

  • Legislators begin work on 'ambitious' agenda

    I joined my fellow lawmakers back in Frankfort this week as we reconvened the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly after a near month-long break following our brief, but rushed, organizational session in early January. 

  • Damaged buildings signal potential decline

    After an act of senseless, drunken vandalism caused damage to two businesses in Pleasureville some months ago, it could serve as a test of the broken windows theory in the city that straddles the Henry/Shelby county line.

    The broken windows theory predicts that small but persistent problems left unchecked will cascade into more serious breakdowns in social order, that crime arises from the resulting disorder.