http://www.hclocal.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Legislators came prepared to pass high-profile bills http://www.hclocal.com/content/legislators-came-prepared-pass-high-profile-bills <p> If it&rsquo;s true that it takes years of preparation to be an overnight success, the same can also be said of many laws approved during a legislative session.<br /> This year is a prime example, with several high-profile measures having been considered by the General Assembly before.&nbsp; That includes those addressing booster seats, dating violence and an update of the state&rsquo;s telecommunications laws.<br /> Letters to the editor Dec. 10, 2014 http://www.hclocal.com/content/letters-editor-dec-10-2014 <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Interstate"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px">&nbsp;A Well-deserved &lsquo;Thank you&rsquo;</span></p> Getting holiday bird right proves tough turkey http://www.hclocal.com/content/getting-holiday-bird-right-proves-tough-turkey <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.5px; line-height: 13.0px; font: 11.0px 'ITC Galliard'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">When it comes to the holiday where you&rsquo;re supposed to be grateful, I&rsquo;ve long picked up bad vibes from around the dinner table.</span></p> Letter to the editor 12-3-2014 http://www.hclocal.com/content/letter-editor-12-3-2014 <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 21.0px Interstate"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px">Thanks for gathering</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.5px; line-height: 13.0px; font: 12.0px 'ITC Galliard'"> On Thursday, November 20, Providence New Castle had their Residents Family &amp; Friends Thanksgiving meal.&nbsp;</p> Thankful for some technological advances http://www.hclocal.com/content/thankful-some-technological-advances <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.5px; line-height: 13.0px; font: 11.0px 'ITC Galliard'"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px">As I was driving to work last week on one of those particularly cold mornings, my car beeped at me and alerted me to the fact I only had enough gas to get ten more miles down the road.</span></p> Letters to the editor Nov. 26, 2014 http://www.hclocal.com/content/letters-editor-nov-26-2014 <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 18.0px Interstate"> <span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px">Student seeks Ky. assistance</span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.5px; line-height: 10.5px; font: 11.0px 'ITC Galliard'"> Dear People of the Great State of Kentucky,</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.5px; line-height: 10.5px; font: 11.0px 'ITC Galliard'"> Greetings!&nbsp; My name is Joaquin and I am a 5th grade student at Salida Elementary School in Salida, California. &nbsp;</p> Kentucky's budget projects revenue surplus http://www.hclocal.com/content/kentuckys-budget-projects-revenue-surplus <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rickrand_2.jpg" alt="Rick Rand, State Representative" title="Rick Rand, State Representative" align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">After weathering several tough budget cycles, the state is on track to end the current fiscal year next month with much better news to report.</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Two weeks ago, the Office of State Budget Director said that April&rsquo;s General Fund receipts &ndash; which drive the budget &ndash; brought in a little more than $1 billion, a high-water mark that had never happened in a single month before.</span></p> In honor of John Hoffman http://www.hclocal.com/content/honor-john-hoffman <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/melissa_blankenship_color_mug_6.jpg" alt="Melissa Blankenship, Publisher" title="Melissa Blankenship, Publisher" align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> In honor and in memory of John Hoffman, an outdoors enthusiast, writer and former contributor to the Henry County Local, we&rsquo;d like to re-run one of his columns, printed in the early fall of 1999.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> While Hoffman wrote about all things outdoors from hunting and fishing to ammo and gun recommendations, he seemed to have a special affinity for bird hunting and fishing. And he relished sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.</p>