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Today's Opinions

  • What our state and law enforcement face

    Earlier this month,the Kentucky State Police issued its annual report on crime in Kentucky.

    When measured against 1995, there were 50 fewer homicides, 6,000 fewer burglaries and almost 5,000 fewer DUIs last year even in the face of population gains, while auto thefts and robberies were almost half of what they had been.

    A serious crime took place about every three minutes last year.  About 50 percent of those were thefts, burglaries and assaults; 20 percent were drug offenses; and 10 percent were tied to vandalism.

  • Alaska: the land of the midnight sun

    By Candy Clarke

     

    Remember when you were in grade school and the bell rang for recess? Do you remember how happy you were to escape the classroom and play outside with your friends? Well, folks, that’s exactly the way it feels to be retired and live in Alaska during the summer months. Alaska, also known as the land of the midnight sun, becomes one gigantic playground with perfectly sane adults reverting back to childhood; our toys  are just different from the toys of earlier years.

  • Your congressman is full of it

    Dear Editor: Over the years, I’ve become sick and tired of the staff-written rants of our know-nothing Congressman Geoff Davis that appear in my hometown paper. Each Wednesday, like clockwork, we get the spin according to the talking heads of “Fixed News” or His Immense Acreage Rush Limbaugh on the hot-button political issue du jour.
    Last week’s screed on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) took the cake. Like the little boy who told everyone that the Emperor had no clothes, I’m telling you that your congressman is full of it.

  • Big ideas don’t come from just big cities

    In this week’s issue of the Henry County Local, I met with several business owners that were expanding their business or pursuing new avenues of revenue.

    I also attended the Forecastle Festival in Louisville where more than 30,000 people attended for three days of music, art and activism. Not preachy activism, but practical means for sustainability in regards to local economies and the environment as a whole. I  attended the Henry County Public School Board meeting where they are pursuing a program that integrates the Internet as a learning tool.

  • Wildlife has right-of-way on the Alcan

    By Candy Clarke

    Traveling the historic Alcan Highway is always an adventure in itself.

    The highway, built as a joint effort between Canada and the United States during World War II, still serves as the main highway to Alaska. You never know who or what you will encounter around the next curve or at the top of the next hill! It could be incredible scenery, messy road construction, an animal, or interesting travelers.

  • Awed: God takes notice

    A young boy stood in the center of the driveway of his family’s home. Beside him was a small telescope, mounted on a tripod. It was early in the afternoon on a hot summer day. The boy had attached a round, white screen to the eyepiece of the telescope.

    According to the boy’s science teacher, a total eclipse was to happen on that particular day. The telescope with its white screened eyepiece was aimed directly at the sun.

  • 1887: 43.5 acres purchased for $400

    200 Years Ago

    On July 27, 1812, two citizens were before the county court on the charge of breach of peace.  Both were found guilty and fined for their actions (no explanation given).  Peter Troutman was fined $4.17 and William O’Nan was fined $8.

    On July 24, 1812, Isaac Green posted a marriage bond for 50 pounds in order to secure a license to marry Nancy Roberts, daughter of James Roberts.  The bond was co-signed by James Roberts.  The wedding ceremony was performed on July 30, 1812, by the Rev. Isaac Malin.

    175 Years Ago

  • Technology changes prompt font problems

    Sometimes I’m convinced that technology is more difficult that it’s worth.

    As reliant as we are on technology, particularly at the Local, to get the paper out each week, technology  slaps us in the face a little.

    Unfortunately, when technology quirks happen, it often shows in our finished product. And for that, we apologize to you, our readers.