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Columns

  • Kentucky continues to see progress after educational reform in 1990

    When taking the long view, Kentucky has covered quite a bit of ground since we overhauled elementary and secondary education in 1990.

    Several years ago, for example, a study out of Harvard University found that only seven states saw their schools make greater progress during the previous two decades.  Education Week’s most recent Quality Counts study, meanwhile, ranks Kentucky 16th when focused just on academic achievement.

  • Fall is a great time to evaluate goals, plan for the future

    Fall is here! It is pumpkin spice latte, sweater, boots, football, chili, apple picking, pumpkin patch weather. Well at least the calendar says so, even if the temperature gauge does not. I bet if you went back to see all of my columns published in October, they will all start with some sort of homage to fall, my favorite time of the year.

  • Help available for victims of domestic violence

    Each fall, just a few weeks before Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins in October, many of the nation’s programs that serve those who have been battered or abused take a real-time census of their work over a 24-hour period.  By focusing on an otherwise normal day, we can better see the tragic reach of one of society’s most enduring problems.

  • Arney: Under eating can slow down fat loss

    When you begin a fat loss transformation, you are likely to be feeling highly motivated, so it can definitely be tempting to under eat and do excessive amounts of cardio to get a “head start.” I understand all of those things and the reasons for doing it, however it will potentially slow down your fat loss and it will eventually have a negative impact on your overall body composition.

    This is why...

    Suppressed metabolism

  • Real newspapers, real news

    “Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats.

  • Seeking ways to curb drug use

    In many ways, it is impossible to calculate the true cost of the drug epidemic that has grown exponentially since the turn of the century.

  • Rand: Fall is full of autumn festivals across the commonwealth of Kentucky

    Fall may technically have begun last Friday, but it could be argued that it really began several weeks ago, when many communities began hosting a wide array of festivals popular during this time of year.

    There certainly is no shortage of themes, with some events centered on such well-known staples as apples, chicken, country ham, bourbon and tobacco.  Other gatherings, however, feature products that may seem obscure to those not from the region.

  • Carroll Co. Schools celebrates Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31

    For many people October is a month of awareness. Whether it is breast cancer, domestic violence, or anti-bullying, it is a month to raise awareness for causes that we are all passionate about.

  • ‘Meat and taters’ doesn’t have to mean boring

    Hello once again, my friends. As I sit here typing this article I’m reminded of how sometimes summer just won’t turn loose and let fall in. What had been beautiful temperatures in the 70s shot back up to the upper 80s. The lesson to be learned I think is that if you don’t like the weather, just give it a couple of days, it will change. This hot weather keeps me reminded of the grilling season, which sooner or later will come to an end. But that doesn’t mean we have to give up on meat and potatoes. Far from it actually.

  • Lawmakers say it could take until November to agree on pension bill

    States have a hard time making changes to their public pension systems. That’s because public pensions in nearly all states – 41, as of 2014 – are contractual obligations that the courts have ruled must be met.