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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Anyone who knows me knows that I love my dogs as if they were my children.

    Troy and I have owned dogs all our lives and have rarely been without at least one dog at home to greet us after a long day’s work. Being a pet owner is one of the joys in my life, but it can also bring heartbreak.

  • By Guest Columnist Col. Mark Fassio

    Maybe it’s just me, but I have this visual of Joe Yates as the nosy old biddy next door who peeks through her window at what the neighbors are doing in their yard and mutters about what nuisances they are.

    Really, Joe: fussing over what the GOP calls its get-together? Here’s a news flash: no. one. cares. Let’s examine the rest of your previous article, shall we?

  • By Joe Yates

    I am issuing a challenge. Instead of simply talking about Black History month, let’s do something about it.

  • You are reading an excellent newspaper.

    Each year, the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) hosts a statewide contest, Excellence in Newspapers, that honors reporters, editors, photographers and graphic designers in several categories. Newspapers are grouped by size into different divisions, then each entry is judged by out-of-state professionals who name the winners.

    In our division, the Henry County Local won third place overall in General Excellence, thanks to the individual awards earned by the editorial staff.

  • By Joe Yates

    Gather ‘round, folks, it’s time for birthday trivia!

    Who said, “Labor is prior to and independent of capital…capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration,” ?

    Karl Marx, you say? Nope. Lenin? Wrong again. Try our birthday boy, Abraham Lincoln, in his first state of the union address.

  • By State Sen. Paul Hornback

    After observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, the legislature went back to work.

    Tuesday was a significant day as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine became the first female legislator to preside over the joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly during which Gov. Beshear presented his proposed budget.

  • By Joseph Yates

  • By Jon Park

    I recently read a post on Facebook that basically said there are those who are willing to sit out the election next November, if their candidate does not win the primary.

    And that is how we ended up with four more years of Barack ‘I have a pen and a phone’ Obama, and ‘Get Over It’ Beshear.

    In the last gubernatorial elections, there were those who did not care for, then, Sen. David Williams’ demeanor, and sat home.

  • I have an affection for Henry County and most know it.

    Growing up here and having family here, I have enjoyed the trust and confidence from many in the county that an outsider may not immediately get.