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Columns

  • Don’t let gym anxiety keep you from using equipment,getting fit

    It is easy to feel intimidated when you are new to training and working out or joining a new fitness facility, but don’t let that stop you in your tracks. Here are the tips you need to smash your fears.

  • Report shows Kentucky crime rate remains low in rankings

    For decades now, Kentucky State Police has annually compiled a comprehensive look at crime across the commonwealth, giving the public and law enforcement alike a much clearer picture of the challenges we face.

  • Death by confinement

    The State Journal
    Whether it’s from stupidity, negligence, being distracted — or some combination of the three — the number of children and pets that die in closed-up cars each summer is staggering. Perhaps in relative terms the numbers aren’t so large — 38 kids and more than 150 dogs — but for something that is totally preventable, even one of each would be far too many and a tragedy in the lives of those involved.

  • Prescription drug abuse has decreased since state legislation passed in 2012

    Earlier this year, when the General Assembly approved legislation designed to curb the state’s heroin epidemic, many called the law a national model because of the way it blended additional treatment, smart-on-crime measures and tougher penalties for traffickers.

    On Monday, we learned that another comprehensive law in this field, this one targeting prescription drug abuse, is making the significant difference that other legislators and I had hoped when we passed it in 2012.

  • Rural mail study puts focus on problems

    Kentucky New Era

    Here is some good news for rural Americans who are concerned about the reliability of mail delivery following postal cutbacks for several years: Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee ordered a study of on-time mail delivery outside of the country’s urban areas. The National Newspaper Association, long an advocate on rural postal service issues because many smaller newspapers are delivered through the mail, applauded the study.

  • Death by confinement

    The State Journal

    Whether it’s from stupidity, negligence, being distracted — or some combination of the three — the number of children and pets that die in closed-up cars each summer is staggering. Perhaps in relative terms the numbers aren’t so large — 38 kids and more than 150 dogs — but for something that is totally preventable, even one of each would be far too many and a tragedy in the lives of those involved.

  • Just A Thought

    Do you remember that commercial from a few years back, where the parents are dancing around the school supply aisle to the song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” as their children look on with disdain? My dad used to tease me and sing along when it came on television, eliciting an exaggerated, “Daaaaaaaaad,” from his daughter.

    But we both knew the truth: I loved going back to school. And I especially loved going school supply shopping.

  • Four amendments for Freedom

    Washington, D.C. has the bad news blues.  Whether it’s Congress passing bills that spend billions of dollars we don’t have, rogue Supreme Court justices ignoring the clear text of the Constitution, or yet another unelected executive branch agency bureaucrat issuing a “regulation” that punishes free enterprise, it often seems that victories for freedom and liberty are rare.

  • Legislators will work to address new synthetic drug problem

    One of the hallmarks of illegal drug use in Kentucky is that each epidemic tends to hit a region particularly hard before it fans out across the state.

    Northern Kentucky and Louisville, for example, have suffered more than most from the recent steep increase in heroin addiction.  Eastern Kentucky has been the epicenter for prescription drug abuse, while Western Kentucky was first to see the rise of locally cooked methamphetamine.

  • Opportunities abound for the state’s high school students

    Next month, Morehead State University will open what will be the state’s second specialty high school geared toward our best and brightest students.

    The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will ultimately be home to 120 high school juniors and seniors from across the state, all of whom will have a chance to earn up to 60 college credit hours over a two-year period.