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Columns

  • Kentucky made many advances with positive results in 2016

    During the holidays, most of us probably don’t give much thought to the origin of the traditions common during this time of year.  We put up Christmas trees, take our children to see Santa and sing carols because that’s what we’ve done for generations.

  • Going somewhere warm? Tips to prevent contracting Zika Virus

    Did you know Three Rivers District Health Department offers a host of information regarding the health and well-being of our citizens? Three Rivers District includes Carroll, Owen, Gallatin and Pendleton counties. Each county has clinic services offering vaccinations and more for your family to stay healthy. We also have on site environmentalists, community health educators and other staff that offer classes for smoking cessation, living a healthy/fit lifestyle and so much more.

  • Kids Count points to progress, problems for state’s children

    For more than a quarter-century now, Kentucky Youth Advocates has taken an in-depth look at the well-being of the commonwealth’s children, giving us a valuable year-to-year comparison in such critical areas as health, education and economic security.

  • Massie calls session ‘a danger’ous duck

    The phrase “lame duck” was first used in London in the 18th century. It was slang for a stockbroker who could not pay off his debts. In this country, it was later used to describe a politician who has lost re-election or is not running again, but who stays in office for the remainder of his term. In fact, President Lincoln was one of the first to use the term here in the United States, when he said, “a senator or representative out of business is a sort of lame duck. He has to be provided for.”

  • Holiday events abound in Kentucky for the family and for those visiting

    With only about two-and-a-half weeks left before Christmas, time is drawing short for those looking for the perfect gift or a holiday event to attend.

    Fortunately, there is help available, beginning with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Kentucky Arts Council.  The websites for both (Kentuckytourism.com and artscouncil.ky.gov) have collected long lists of available businesses and attractions that are doing their part to make the season special.

  • Diabetes: Plan ahead for home and being on the road

    For people with diabetes, even a traffic jam can turn into a life-threatening emergency — which is why it’s so important to have an action plan in place.

    The first step: Create a labeled, easy-to-grab emergency kit where you can stash your contact information, medications, testing supplies, food, water, and a source of glucose. The following tips will help you handle any diabetes emergency.

  • Be smart, do not fall prey to the scams of thieves and bandits

    Despite the horror stories I read on Facebook, the tales told on the six o’clock news and the countless people that come through my office, it still amazes me that people still fall prey to scams and schemes of thieves and bandits.

    I am not talking about a guy in a mask holding people at gunpoint and taking their money. The modern day thief is much more clever than this and his identity is quite different from what we once held in our minds as the image of a robber.

  • Lawmakers should support supplemental pay increases for police and firefighters

    Bowling Green Daily News

    At a time when police agencies are finding it difficult to recruit qualified candidates to become officers and local municipalities are cash-strapped, a piece of proposed legislation that would permanently increase state supplemental incentives for law enforcement officers, firefighters and volunteer fire departments shows real promise in helping retain and recruit officers and firefighters and in providing money to assist volunteer fire departments with equipment purchases.

  • To fully experience Thanksgiving, remember to count your blessings

    The experience of a traditional Thanksgiving experience was introduced to me by marriage.

    Actually, I had seen it played out on television with the head of the house carving a giant bird surrounded by the adoring sitcom family with each innoxious remark punctuated by canned laughter.

    But I have no childhood memory of experiencing the giant meal. What I recall was Dad working a double shift at the plant in Louisville so others could be off.

  • Be thankful for, and keep protecting, your blessings

    In a tradition familiar to many, on Thanksgiving I will sit down with loved ones and we will take turns giving thanks for the blessings in our lives. We know who we are by what we hold dear.

    I recently had the privilege of sitting down with leaders from diverse groups across Kentucky and learning what they are grateful for. Made up of working families, teachers and students, faith communities, vulnerable Kentuckians and more, they are grateful for things I thought worth sharing. They have given me permission to share them with you.