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Columns and Editorials

  • Reckoning with Addiction: Shorter lives and other effects

    By John Inscore Essick

    Port Royal Baptist Church

    The average lifespan for Americans has been going up since the 1960s.

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic caused a brief drop in life expectancy in 1993, but the average age began to rise again as we learned how to help those with HIV/AIDS live longer with the virus.

    Similarly, public health researchers suggest that the recent spike in opioid overdoses is also lowering life expectancy projections in the United States.

  • Looking for courageous leaders to set the right tone

    Rep. Rick Rand (D-Bedford) told a story last Saturday during the Henry County town hall meeting that stuck with me.
    Rand explained that when he was first elected to the Kentucky legislature, he asked a mentor how to know when he was doing the right thing for his district. The advisor answered, “You already know what’s right. You just need the courage to do it.”
    Courage is lacking in the Kentucky legislature, Rand believes.

  • Social media fears cause a virtual nervous breakdown

    Is there any word more apt to describe the recent eruption of parental concern on social media over talk of violence at Henry County High School than hysteria?
    It’s unfortunate that instances of school shootings happen so often and that they come to our attention to spur so much fear, but that’s where we are.
    These factors apparently contributed to a breakdown of trust of the decision-making abilities of the educators who are charged with taking care of the students during the day.

  • The Local strives every day to bring you a quality paper

    Newspapers across Kentucky gathered in Lexington last week at the Kentucky Press Association’s convention to celebrate the best in the print industry. The Henry County Local received recognition, taking home a respectable 15 awards earned by individual members of the staff.
    The Local team also won second place overall in the Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers in the statewide contest for our size category as determined by our circulation numbers.
    Sports editor Greg Woods brought home four awards from the KPA contest.

  • Those who steal from their fellow citizens aren’t patriots

    Cliven Bundy, despite his claims of personal sovereignty, should recognize and show gratitude for just how well our democracy has worked for him.
    I mean, I know he won’t, because that would ruin his reputation with the radical fringe groups who supported him in his ongoing standoff with the Bureau of Land Management about cattle grazing rights in the western United States.

  • I resolve to improve by strictly observing the Golden Rule

    New Years resolutions. We’ve all made them. We’ve all broken them. So, why make them?
    The reason to create — and, hopefully, stick to — our plans is that repetition and persistence help develop muscle memory.
    This could become a reflex we use to reach our goals. And a new year is a great time for a fresh beginning to get rid of habits that either hold us back or harm others.
    I don’t usually make resolutions, but this year, I’ve created a laundry list of goals for 2018.

  • Reckoning with Addiction: The view with the EMS

    By John Iscore Essick

    Henry County Emergency Medical Services (HCEMS) personnel are trained and prepared to assist in some of the most difficult and frightening moments of our lives.  

    I rode along with HCEMS on three different occasions in recent months to hear their perspective on addiction in our county.

  • The Local’s holiday letter to our family and friends

    Holiday letters are a wonderful way to reconnect with friends and neighbors — they afford the opportunity to step back, smile, remind us of our connections near and far and to reflect on changes from the past year and plans for the future.

    As we close the year at the Henry County Local and reflect on all that we are grateful for, leading that list is our wonderful community of readers and advertisers, as well as living in a country that allows for a free press and free speech.

  • Volunteers make sacrifices to serve their community

    A few community members typically carry the water for the rest of us. I’m thinking specifically about the community’s need for volunteers to “staff” local fire departments.

    At the risk of repeating myself in praise of firefighters, here I go again.

    There’s no need to pose a hypothetical question about why so few folks step up to protect their friends and neighbors.

  • The job of the courts isn’t cutting out competition

    Having read Pilot’s lawsuit filed against Thorntons and having been present during the rezoning process, it seems to me like the attorneys for Pilot have drafted a legal euphemism that actually means, “We don’t want any more competition.”

    They can’t openly come out and say that, of course, because it’s not the job of the courts to limit the number of businesses that can operate in an area.