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Columns

  • The war on our Second Amendment

    Many battles await Congress as we begin 2016, but few are more important than the fight to protect our right to bear arms.  Our right to self-defense is not granted by any government. Rather, it is a God-given, natural right.  In the words of George Mason, the Founding Father known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights:” “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” 

  • Hunger Busters: Ten ways to manage hunger pains

    You are making the commitment to change! You are putting together your strategic plan to stick to making the best version of you yet! You have short-term and long-term goals set with your training, nutrition and recovery to get you where you want to be. If it all works out in “real life” as it does on paper you will be on track to make your goals a reality!

    There might be just one problem: You are hungry. Better yet, you are HANGRY! So hungry, you are angry.

  • Stakes high in Medicaid redesign

    Lexington Herald Leader

    As the leader of Gov. Matt Bevin’s effort to transform Medicaid, Mark Birdwhistell will get a chance to take up where he left off in the last Republican administration.

    The Kentucky Medicaid reforms that won approval under Birdwhistell’s leadership 10 years ago emphasized prevention, wellness and controlling the over-prescribing of drugs, all of which should still be priorities.

  • Setting budget is lawmakers’ biggest task this session

    This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s 15th state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.

    Since it is an even-numbered year, the House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15th, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.

  • Be the best version of yourself in 2016

    This past Sunday, our deacon shared this story: What if you had a rich uncle that died and left you $86,400 to spend every day for the rest of your life? The catch? You can’t save it, as it disappears at the end of every day, and the money could stop at any time without notice.

    What would you do with the money?

    Of course, what our deacon meant by this story is that God gives each of us 86,400 seconds every day to spend on our life.

  • Committees review important issues prior to legislative session

    As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol next week to start another legislative session, it is worth taking a look back on what has happened since the last one ended in late March.

    This period is known as the interim, and it gives the House and Senate’s two dozen joint committees – plus several temporary ones – time to review the issues affecting the state in a less pressure-filled setting. In some cases, meetings are held across the state.

  • ‘PUSH to Change’ youth initiative coming in 2016

    With the new year right around the corner, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is excited to be a part of a new, fun project that brings out the best of you. Champions is so excited to roll out a new youth initiative in Carroll County called “PUSH to Change” with a hashtag attached for youth appeal.

  • Investment numbers for 2015 set record

    Around this time of year, we often find ourselves counting, whether it is the number of days left in the year, the number of presents we still need to buy or the number of calories we put on our plates.  The holidays are when many count their blessings as well.

    In that regard, 2015 has turned out to be a pretty good year in many respects for the commonwealth.

  • Small changes make a big difference: Tips for a successful 2016

    With the new year approaching, many are looking to lose weight and/or start at a gym or fitness program. If this is you, here are some helpful tips that may help you be successful reaching your goals:

    *Start slow! If you have never exercised before or it has been years since you have exercised, you will want to start slow and eventually work your way up with time. If you have always been a walker and want to become a runner, start slow and slowly build up those miles or minutes.

  • Heed a simple message: Don’t mix holiday sauce and sleigh this year

    Kentucky New Era

    Many newspapers, including this one, typically devote space to a New Year’s Eve editorial that encourages readers to avoid drunken driving. The message arrives right at the end of the year because it’s often assumed booze will be part of the celebration when many toast the end of one year and the start of another.