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> Four for freedom http://www.hclocal.com/content/four-freedom <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/massie_5.jpg" alt="Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative" title="Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative" align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Washington, D.C. has the bad news blues.&nbsp; Whether it&rsquo;s Congress passing bills that spend billions of dollars we don&rsquo;t have, rogue Supreme Court justices ignoring the clear text of the Constitution, or yet another unelected executive branch agency bureaucrat issuing a &ldquo;regulation&rdquo; that punishes free enterprise, it often seems that victories for freedom and liberty are rare.</span></p> Confederates' flag may return to the attic http://www.hclocal.com/content/confederates-flag-may-return-attic <img src="http://www.hclocal.com/sites/www.hclocal.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chris_brooke_4.jpg" alt="Chris Brooke, Editor" title="Chris Brooke, Editor" align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> <span class="s1">The decision made by South Carolina to lower the flag from their capitol grounds and display it in a museum instead roiled my former home with a related controversy.</span></p>