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Columns

  • Senate looks forward to working with GOP majority in state house

    The hustle and bustle of the winter holidays is well underway and the cool crispness of the autumn air is turning towards winter frost. Even as the weather changes and the holiday season comes upon us, we are still busy in Frankfort with interim joint committee meetings as well as planning for the 2017 Session of the General Assembly.

  • Adding some exercise will help beat the winter blues

    Seasonal Depression Order, also called SAD, is a type of depression that is triggered by the seasons of the year. Symptoms usually begin in late fall and early winter.

    The most common type of SAD is called winter onset depression. More than a half a million Americans experience a winter depression, but are better come summer. Common symptoms of SAD are the following:

    • A change in appetite, especially craving sweets or starchy foods

    • Weight gain

    • A drop in energy level

    • Fatigue

  • Take time to thank a veteran Nov. 11

    For nearly a century, our nation has paused on Nov. 11th to pay tribute to our veterans.  From the era of George Washington to now, this select group of men and women has unfailingly protected us here at home while sacrificing so much to promote and preserve freedom abroad.

  • Arney explains negatives, positives of cheat meals
  • Marsh shares five things he is thankful for as County Attorney

    As I sit here in my office preparing to write November’s column, it is Oct. 31—Halloween. Not only is it the last day of October, but, more importantly, it is the first day of November. I was pondering this weekend, all the things that I will be doing with my family over the next month.

  • Rand highlights products Kentucky forests

    Over the last 50 years, usually around the time fall colors are in full bloom, state and federal officials dedicate a week to highlight all of the products our forests provide.

    Kentucky, of course, has been blessed more than most states.  Trees cover nearly half of our 25 million acres, and we are among the nation’s leaders – and first in the South – when it comes to hardwood production.

  • Rand highlights products Kentucky forests

    Over the last 50 years, usually around the time fall colors are in full bloom, state and federal officials dedicate a week to highlight all of the products our forests provide.

    Kentucky, of course, has been blessed more than most states.  Trees cover nearly half of our 25 million acres, and we are among the nation’s leaders – and first in the South – when it comes to hardwood production.

  • For many, ‘just leave’ is not so easy a solution

    The Kentucky Standard

    Any conversation about domestic violence is an important one. That’s why it’s important to ramp up the conversation during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  • Strength training provides older adults numerous number of benefits

    The power of strength training for older adults

    As people age, they can lose a great deal of strength and muscle mass. This can affect their day to day functioning. Older adults who are losing muscle and are inactive have an increased risk of disability, falls and diseases, such as diabetes.

    What are some benefits of strength training? Strength training has many health and fitness benefits, including the following:

    •Improvements of strength

    •An increase in bone density

    •An increase in muscle mass

  • Rand outlines domestic violence statistics in Ky.

     Each September, domestic violence-prevention programs across the country take part in a one-day census to illustrate what they and the victims they serve face at any given moment.

    The numbers are sobering.  In 2015, the most recent year available, 40,000 people nationwide sought shelter during that 24-hour period and another 31,500 received non-residential assistance in such areas as the courts, childcare and transportation.