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Columns

  • Sequestration will take toll on funding for Kentucky programs

    We may be a little more than halfway through 2013, but in Washington and state governments across the country, the focus is increasingly on federal actions taken in 2011.

    The issue can be summed up in one word: sequestration.

  • Truancy is a serious issue that demands parents’ attention

    It is no big secret that truancy is an issue across our county, our state and our nation. The importance of sending your child to school, and on time, cannot be overemphasized. At the beginning of the school year is the best time to address this issue before it becomes an issue for your family.

    Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about truancy:

    What does it mean to be “truant”?

  • Becoming a mentorL: ‘My friends become your friends’ with BBBS program

    “It’s who you know.”

    The phrase turns up as curse or boon because it is true.

    Most of us think little of the breaks that come through our friends and—equally important—our friends’ friends. And unless you have lived outside a social web of family and friends, you cannot appreciate how many doors and experiences never open because of who are not your friends.

  • Kentucky has a rich history with many ‘firsts’ for nation

    For generations now, students have been taught that Abraham Lincoln was the first native Kentuckian to be U.S. President.

    Technically speaking, however, that’s not true.

  • Congress comes to the rescue

    From The News-Enterprise

    Two refreshing things took place in the nation’s capital Wednesday. First, in a bipartisan deal, lawmakers approved legislation that lowers student loan rates for the upcoming academic year to what they were in June, saving students a great deal of money.

    On July 1, the interest rates for many student loans doubled because Congress, which is tasked with setting the rate, in all it’s gridlock glory, could not agree on a new rate or how to set it.

  • Sleep is necessary for success in losing weight, getting fit

    This month we will tackle the tough topic of fat loss. It is the number one item that humans are more than willing to let go of.

  • State making progress on health issues

    Of all the challenges Kentucky can expect to face in the years ahead, few if any are bigger than improving our collective health.

    In some key areas, we already have a good head start.  Kentucky is among the top 20 states in fighting infectious diseases, for example, with the use of vaccines high and the percentage of older citizens getting a flu shot above the national average.

  • Take a little time to make your home more fire safe

    When I am asked to write or talk about fire prevention, I take the request very seriously due to the importance of the material being presented. Unfortunately, like everyone else, I am human and the writing deadlines seem to always creep up on me, just like this week. However, for once, I believe the tight time frame has helped me with this week’s fire prevention topic. 

  • Genealogy program returns to TV; seminar in Frankfort Aug. 3

    I must admit it – I am hooked on “Who Do You Think You Are,” and I’m thrilled that it’s back on television. NBC dropped it last year, but The Learning Channel has taken it over. (That totally makes up for the fact that TLC is also responsible for “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”)

    Thanks to the Internet, I’m watching last night’s premiere episode on my computer as I write this column. The star of the show is Kelly Clarkson, a singer who was the first winner of “American Idol.”

  • Activity, exercise serve to reduce stress, improve overall health

    In this edition of Health Matters, I am going to hit you with a few different topics to reach a variety of people who read this column for applicable information to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Exercise and stress