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Columns

  • Criminal justice reform necessary in Kentucky

    We’ve reached a critical point in Kentucky – one where our prisons and jails are full, overdose deaths continue to rise and far too many children have parents who are imprisoned.

    We can no longer afford to cling to the outdated idea that prison is the only way to effectively hold people accountable for their crimes. Instead, we need to take a smarter, more measured approach to criminal justice.

  • States learn from sharing during southern legistaltive conference

    States have often been called laboratories of democracy, and for good reason: That’s where most cutting-edge ideas to improve government are first tested.  The good ones are widely copied while the unworkable ones teach a valuable lesson as well.

  • What diabetes can teach you

    Diabetes is fast becoming a global epidemic in adults and ever increasingly in youth. In fact, the World Health Organization says it now affects 9 percent of the world’s population, making it important to know the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

    Both relate to your pancreas’ ability to produce insulin, which is the key in the metabolism of almost all nutrients. Type 1 is linked to a genetic predisposition, while type 2 is associated with lifestyle and CAN BE REVERSED.

  • Fourth of July celebrates America, honors sacrifices of its veterans

    As it has for nearly two-and-a-half centuries, our nation will pause on Monday to celebrate its “birth” day, commemorating a time 240 years ago when the Founding Fathers declared our independence.

    Since July 4, 1776, we have weathered a war for our freedom, a war against ourselves and wars against those who would like nothing more than to see us and our values falter. Although the world has changed in countless ways since Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, our commitment to protect and promote freedom has never wavered.

  • Carroll youth baseball teams up with Bambino Buddies to share love for sport

    Saturday morning my phone starts dinging, signaling an incoming text. But it does not ding just once, but 15 more times. By now you have to look or are scared to look to see what is going on. I look down and find that Larissa McKinney has sent a message and 15 pictures of the Carroll County 10U traveling team that had just completed a Bambino Buddy session with special needs children.

  • Fentanyl adds to woes in war on illegal drugs

    FRANKFORT – It has often been said that the war against illegal drugs is an ever-changing battlefield.  When we seem to be making headway on one front, another tragically opens up.

    Over the past dozen years, those “fronts” in Kentucky have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to prescription pain medicine and heroin.

    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, a new name has been added to that list: fentanyl.

  • Organizers plan a ‘colorful’ run, walk

    Join us for a colorful good time. As The Community Health Educator at Three Rivers District Health Department, I am excited to announce the award of $3,000 to promote and host a 5K Color Run/Walk. This will be a new health/fitness opportunity made possible by an Interact for Health mini-grant that I wrote.

    Saturday, July 23, will be the day of the color blast at Kentucky Speedway in Gallatin County as a central location for our serviced counties.

    This will be a brand new event offered to Gallatin, Owen, Pendleton and Carroll counties.

  • Prevent, protect against mosquitos

    As we come up to Mosquito Control Awareness Week June 26 through July 2, enjoy the summer and protect yourselves from mosquitos.

    As mosquitos bite, they can transfer diseases. These diseases may infect you or your pets, and may include West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, or dog heartworm.

    While many mosquitos may not carry disease, the red dot which is left behind is caused by an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva.

    To reduce the risk of mosquito bites, follow the three D’s of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA).

  • Nothing works unless you do

    How many fad diets do you see or do you have pushed in your direction in a weeks time? Have you noticed when you or someone you know lose a noticeable amount of weight or inches the first question is what is your secret? Have you noticed while watching TV or scrolling on social media how many advertisements and fad diets try to suck you in with success stories and pictures?

  • Kentucky has received national awards for the state’s major job announcements

    Site Selection is not a magazine most of us would keep on our coffee table, but for those in government and business who track economic development, this publication is one not to be missed.

    Fortunately, it has had a lot of good things to say about Kentucky in recent years, and over the past two, it has awarded us its annual Governor’s Cup for having more major job announcements than any other state on a per capita basis.