Columns and Editorials

  • Letting leaves lie where they may leads to lush lawns

    Here’s a riddle: What kind of culture throws yard waste in the trash while at the same time scattering many roadside spaces with so much garbage?

    Answer: One that doesn’t have many of its priorities straight.

  • 'Flying jewels of the natural world'

    I appreciated a recent Henry County Local editorial that addressed the plight of monarch butterflies and their survival as a species.

    Over the last few decades their numbers declined considerably, due mainly to their host plant, milkweed, disappearing from the landscape. Without these plants, monarchs have no place to lay their eggs. The larvae must have milkweed to survive because they can eat nothing else. 

  • More gun control not answer to school shootings

    I caught myself using the phrase, “back in my day,” more than once this past week.

    During a conversation with a 20-something, she mentioned she actually had nightmares and was terrified of the idea of a school shooting when she was in high school.

  • A plan to defeat the zombie hordes

    Editor’s note: This column contains gory themes meant for mature readers during this Halloween season.

    Fans probably won’t appreciate this thought, but Rick Grimes, Glenn and Maggie, Carol and Daryl and the rest of the telegenic zombie apocalypse survivors are idiots.

  • Head Start programs vital for Kentucky

    Every child that starts school unready is at risk for a lifetime of costly challenges, costs shared by all Kentuckians.  Head Start, as the nation’s largest preschool program, has a vital role in reducing these risks for Kentucky’s most vulnerable children and families.

  • Welcome interruptions for editor and county

    In life, people fall into certain rhythms and patterns that, repeated enough, will eventually become routine.

    Possibly the most generic one is getting out of bed, preparing for the day, commuting to work, maybe spending as much as 7.5 hours being productive and taking a half hour for lunch, heading home after, having some dinner, visiting with loved ones and bed.

  • Finding ways to protect those who serve

    When it comes to keeping us safe, it can be easy to take for granted those who protect us – until tragedy re-reminds us that their job can carry a steep price.

  • Local charity commits to changing lives

    This past Saturday morning was gloomy at best. It truly would have been a perfect day to sleep in, but I reluctantly rolled out of bed earlier than I wanted, needing to get ready to head out and take some photos for the paper.  

  • More farm freedom needed

    In 2011, federal agents launched a sting operation on an Amish farmer.  Prof. Baylen J. Linnekin provides details of the raid:

     “Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence.  Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in.

  • Taxes will be put to good use by library

    When it comes to setting tax rates, I can hear in my mind a litany of objections to any increase coming down the pike from my many years of reporting.

    The most common that arose within my hearing over the years goes something like this: “I don’t get any public services for the taxes I’m paying.”

    It seems to me that’s a gross exaggeration.