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Opinion

  • Jon Park

    Henry County GOP Chairman

    Ronald Reagan once said “Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15.”

    As we mark the passing of another Tax Day it is interesting to note that until 1862 there were no significant taxes paid by individuals. 

    The war of 1812 brought us the first sales tax to help pay for that war, but when the debt was paid off in 1817, are you ready for this? Congress did away with those taxes. 

  • Joseph Yates

    Average Joe

    A nice fellow has been traveling around the county lately, soliciting the assistance of others in helping those who are unable to help themselves. I intend to support his cause. I have seen his presentation twice—it is a gentle, soft-sell pitch in which he asks for our help. During both presentations he used the phrase “this is not a hand out.”

  • Traditionally, the last day of a legislative session is set aside just to consider any vetoes the governor may make.  Recently, however, the General Assembly has also used the time to wrap up a few lingering issues, and this year is no different.

  • Thomas Massie

    U.S. Congressman

  • If I were to take a poll of all of Kentucky, I wonder how many people would tell me that they had never used a library for anything. My guess is very few. Libraries are the sort of institutions that you use without ever realizing how important they are, and how strange life would be if they weren’t there.

  • Jon Park

    Henry County GOP Chairman

    James 5:12 says “let your yes be yes and your no be no.  Stand up for what you believe. 

  • The Iceman Cometh

    The Iceman, the Snowman, the Zerotemp man cometh to Henry County over and over again during the last few months. Incredibly beautiful pictures of the stark white landscape only served to bring complaints of power outages, frozen water pipes, missed school days. The list goes on and on. Since we choose to live in a rural area, with all the advantages it has to offer, sometimes the disadvantages get the better of us.

  • I can’t believe I have written here for two years. Sometimes it seems like yesterday and other days, especially when my colleague Sports Editor Greg Woods is around, it seems longer.

    I have always strived to be a better writer, a better journalist. Coming to the Henry County Local has helped me grow.

    Circumstances out of my control like deadlines, staffing issues, and sometimes fully through my own faults, have caused me to not always put out my best writing. Sometimes my appetite for a good story outweighed what was realistically on my plate.

  • John Logan Brent

    County Judge Executive

    If you are like me, you are ready for some sunshine. Every time I read Jon Park’s articles in this paper I see the need for a whole lot of sunshine.

    In last week’s article he likened the “would be” economic impact for New Castle of the proposed 37,000 square foot, 20 something bathroom, $12 million plus bonded justice center to what is happening in Eminence due to CVS. The projects are apples to oranges.

  • Joseph Yates

    Average Joe

    Do not tell me it’s just a game, where grown men try to hit a ball by swinging at it with a rounded stick. Baseball has been part of my life as far back as I can remember. It is my sport and I will defend it.

  • Jon Park

    Guest Columnist

    In 2011, the Henry County Fiscal Court, in a great effort led by Magistrate Nick Hawkins, was considering a new justice center for the county.

    A who’s who of Henry County notables, then, Chief Deputy Clerk Gina Lyle, Attorney Joe Yates, Ricky Doyle, Justin Atchison, and New Castle Mayor Denny Benham all spoke in favor of the project.

  • If the state’s budget is the most important legislation that the General Assembly approves every two years, enacting the state’s road plan is a close second.

    As with the budget, the goal is to find the best use for a limited amount of resources.  This is an area where Kentucky generally gets high marks, however, based on an annual national study by the Reason Foundation that ranks the quality of each state’s highway system.  We came in 14th overall last year, with no state having a better quality of rural interstates.

  • New contact for History Center

  • I just found out Monday that the Henry County History Center has lost a great resource.

    The great Hammer Smith has resigned from his position at the History Center.

    Yes, the Hammer Smith who received the Patrick Henry Award just this past summer. Yes, the Hammer Smith who was recognized by everyone from the judge-executive to one of my great writing heroes Byron Crawford.

    I can’t tell you what happened, but I do intend to find out and inform everyone about what happens next to the Henry County History Center.

  • John Logan Brent

    County Judge-Executive

    If you read Jon Park’s column in last week’s paper, you witnessed another of his divisive, misleading and politically motivated columns. To recap, he started out with the Reagan “Are you better off” quote, then challenged my leadership, spouted off a few misleading statistics on the economy, and then inaccurately states that a “record number of people are running for office in Henry County” and “he believes this is because it is time for a change.”

  • Joseph Yates

     

    Spring better break soon, or I’m going to. There seems to be a vast amount of stupid dripping out of the ether lately, causing me no end of consternation. This is not your everyday garden variety dim-wittedness—it is a rarefied breed of stupid. I’m talking about a slothful yet reckless kind of nimrod: thick-headedness wrapped in a special type of belligerence that can’t be pried loose with a crowbar.

  • By Mark Fassio

    For those of you wanting a little insight regarding the current Russian involvement in Ukraine, here’s one person’s opinion/viewpoint. I taught International Relations at West Point for three years, have a Masters in National Security Studies, and have worked with (and against) the Russians for about 20 years, to include a UN peacekeeping mission in the Georgian Republic. I am by NO means as “qualified” as the current Administration’s crack experts, but I think I know enough to get on a soapbox, so here goes.

  • By Jon Park

    Remember when Ronald Reagan asked the question, “Are you better off than you were four years ago” during the debate with President Jimmy Carter in 1980?

    I ask you that question, Henry County:  Are you better off than you were four years ago? What about the past eight?  Under the leadership of the Henry County Judge Executive, who has been in office for 11 years, is Henry County better off than it was in 2002?

  • Moving to a new town is an odd sort of feeling. There is a bittersweet sensation of leaving the old for the new. It feels almost like a betrayal to your home, like you’re choosing the flashy new town over the old one.

  • As we near the end of February, the General Assembly has a predictably full agenda heading into what is always its busiest month of the year.

    Enacting a budget to run state government remains our biggest task. The House’s Appropriations and Revenue Committee is right on schedule, however, with its seven budget review subcommittees close to finishing their modifications of Governor Beshear’s proposal. A vote by the full chamber will be by early March.