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Opinion

  • By Joe Yates

    Today everything is dark gray. It is the time of year when the sun, mostly veiled by clouds, attends to us for a few short hours each day and quickly disappears. The snow and the frozen stuff came, as predicted; winter’s first pall covered the ground a bit early.

  • By John Logan Brent

    Today’s article will be the last in the series of county updates. Hopefully you have learned a few things about county government that you might not have known.

    For this final article, I want to talk about the county budget. As far as I am concerned, putting the budget together and then monitoring it is the most important responsibility that my office and the magistrates have. There aremore than 210 line items in this year’s $5.9-million budget.

  • By Jon Park

    Tuesday was the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

    During the first few days of July 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers converged on Gettysburg, Pa., and fought a horrific, bloody battle that saw more than 50,000 deaths in just three days. That is almost as many deaths as in the entire Vietnam War. The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the Civil War. This war tore the nation and its families apart.

  • By 'Average' Joe Yates

    Our small community is losing the publisher of its weekly paper and I, for one, think it’s a big loss. That, and because a recent column in which I blamed local TV news for taking the kids from our streets is fresh in my mind, has caused me to reflect on the state of today’s media.

  •  By Joe Yates

    It seems odd to write about baseball at Thanksgiving, but I blame the proximity of that holiday to the end of the modern baseball season. When I was a kid if your team had the best regular season record in its league it went to the World Series, and it was all over by early October.

  • By Jon Park

    Memorial Day is the day we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Those, who paid for our freedom with their lives. On Veterans Day, we honor those courageous men and women, willing to give all, who have stepped up when called, who have served our nation, protected our freedom, and returned home to their families, as Ronald Reagan said, “Champions of a noble cause.”

  • Oh, Pleasureville.

    I can’t say after Monday night’s meeting that I’m surprised, really.

    Disappointed, but not surprised. And that, in itself, is a fairly sad commentary on what happened.

    You see, you had a chance to do something good. You had a chance to do something that really matters. You had a chance to lead the way in Henry County.

    But you sat on your hands, looking quietly and somewhat awkwardly at the table while the motion to approve a fairness ordinance died for lack of a second.

  • By John Logan Brent
    Henry County Judge-Executive

    Like most rural Kentucky communities, Henry County’s local economy is very diversified. Agriculture, construction, retail, and industry make up the bulk of our private sector economy. The state of Kentucky and a majority of counties, including ours, have economic development programs in some form. Though the state and counties use the term “economic development” in a broad sense, it almost always means the recruitment and expansion of industry.

  • This was written during the autumn of 1988.

    At times over the past several years, I’ve attempted to square up the rounded corners of my life, to clean up the accumulation of broken, dead limbs in the yard, the coating of dust on the top of the door that never gets wiped off.

  • On a typical day across the country, our domestic violence programs help more than 64,000 victims, 1,100 of whom live right here in Kentucky.

    But lack of funds, space and personnel mean another 10,000 have to wait for the services they need, including almost 90 here in the commonwealth.

  • I started to wonder if I would get a chance to write another column on here to you. There’s been so much politicking on this page I thought perhaps we should rename it ‘The Podium’ or ‘The Primary for The Primary’ instead of ‘Opinion.’

  • By Jon Park

  • By Rick Rand

  • By Judge-Executive John Logan Brent

     

    Change has been the norm when it comes to Henry County EMS. Over the last 10 years, we have seen the service evolve from a part-time, paid day service to a 24/7 paid service with paramedics. Not so long ago there were dozens of volunteer EMT’s with ambulances stationed in the county’s four biggest towns. Today there are less than a handful of volunteers and they assist the county with runs. These folks make a modest per diem and are an important part of our service.

  • By Joe Yates

     

    George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” With that in mind, let’s compare the outcry against Obamacare against the opposition to earlier progressive movements. The Affordable Care Act is a big deal; there’s a lot of information out there. But who’s telling the truth? A bit of historical perspective might help.

  • By Jon Park

     

    This past spring, while on vacation in our Nation’s Capital, my wife and I stopped at Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office. In the corner was the 6-foot-tall stack of paper tied up in a red bow that is the Affordable Care Act. How could anyone have read the entire bill? The Speaker of the House at the time the bill was passed, Nancy Pelosi, said “we have to vote on it before we know what’s in it.” Three years later, we are still finding out what is in it.

  • By John Logan Brent

     

    This week I will highlight Henry County’s roads and a few of the projects that are in the works.

    With well over 200 miles of roads in the county system, there is always work to be done.

    This year’s budget allowed for resurfacing on 17 different roads for a total of 4,150 tons of blacktop laid at a cost of around $275,000. These funds come from taxes on gasoline that we all pay at the pump. The state collects these dollars and remits them based on a formula to each county.

  • By Judge Executive John Logan Brent

    Over the course of the next several weeks I will discuss some of the current happenings in county government. I plan to highlight various Fiscal Court responsibilities including: roads, EMS, parks, animal services, solid waste, economic development and the county budget. We will start this first week with an update on the parks and animal services programs.

  • By Joseph Yates

    I’m sure it’s not news to you that Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) kicks in soon.

    Many people have questions about the new law but, sadly, the misinformation machine never sleeps. These scare tactics make it hard for folks to get accurate information, particularly when we see rallies of hoodwinked people toting placards that say ”Get your government hands off my Medicare!” on our television news. But let’s go behind the curtains and confront some of these myths.

  • By Jon Park

     

    If there is anything we are learning as we study the last few years, it is not that the Republican Party needs to change or adapt to a changing world, no, it is that we need to do a better job of getting our message out. Henry County is a prime example of that.

    As I talked to Henry Countians at festivals and fairs this summer, we are not that far apart in our political ideology. Henry Countians are conservative.