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Columns

  • Rand recognizes teachers for their work across the state

    In the early 1940s, a teacher in Arkansas decided that her profession deserved more recognition, so she gave herself an assignment: She wrote a letter to every governor and numerous other political and educational leaders, asking for their help.

    One of Mattie Whyte Woodridge’s letters eventually came to the attention of Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady who not only agreed, but actually petitioned Congress to consider setting aside a day to honor those who teach.

  • Student newspapers in Kentucky are in crisis. We need them now more than ever.

    By TOM EBLEN

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    It is no secret America’s free press is under attack.

    Politicians now scream “fake news” whenever reporters expose their lies and misdeeds.

    Some broadcast networks and websites sow public distrust of honest journalism as they seek to build audiences by promoting tribalism and political ideologies.

  • Arney explains refeed meals and calorie needs

    Refeeds are very popular amongst the bodybuilding population and those who are seeking to enhance their body composition. They are something which we wholeheartedly advocate, however it MUST be done within the right context.

    What is often found is that people have a “refeed” on a weekly basis without any consideration as to whether it is needed. There are also no parameters set in place, which means it just becomes something they do for the no other reason than to enjoy a cheat meal.

    This is why refeeds are used and how they work, briefly:

  • State’s economy looking positive, but still has areas for improvement

    In one sense, Kentucky’s economy personifies the classic question that has long divided optimists and pessimists: Is our glass half full, or half empty?

    On the bright side, we’ve placed first or second among the states for the past four years when counting the per-capita number of large economic-development announce-ments.  Site Selection magazine compiles the rankings, which look at projects that meet or exceed at least one of three criteria: $1 million in capital investment, 20 new jobs or 20,000 square feet of new floor space.

  • Lessons learned on a Kentucky dairy farm

    By SAM TERRY

    Barren County Progress

    Reading about the massive changes in America’s dairy industry caused me to reflect on my own dairy farm upbringing and a way of life that is fast becoming a thing of the past. Southern Kentucky has been the prime area for Kentucky’s dairy farmers for generations but driving through the area reveals that family farms, particularly those centered around dairy cattle and tobacco, are few and far between. Dairy farming has been a time-honored vocation that taught many of us valuable lessons in preparation for life.

  • Champions’ town hall May 24, to focus on meth

    On Thursday, May 24, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County will be hosting our annual Carroll County Town Forum Meeting at General Butler State Resort Park Convention Center starting at 6 p.m.

  • Growing our economy with hemp

    For far too long, the federal government has prevented most farmers from growing hemp. Although it was a foundational part of Kentucky’s heritage and today you can buy products made with hemp at stores across the country, most farmers have been barred from planting it in their fields. I have heard from many Kentucky farmers who agree it’s time to remove the federal hurdles in place and give our state the opportunity to seize its full potential and once again become the national leader for hemp production.

  • Many new laws won approval during the legislative session

    When historians look back on the 2018 legislative session, most of their attention will understandably be focused on three things: the state’s budget, the corresponding tax plan and public-pension reform. They didn’t generate every headline, but there’s no doubt they accounted for most.

  • Rand voted ‘no’ on state budget bill

    As legislators were debating Friday night whether to give final approval to a major revenue bill, someone brought up the old joke about how most of us would prefer to fund government: Don’t tax you, don’t tax me; tax that fellow behind the tree.

  • Choosing words wisely seems to be a lost art

    By MIKE CALDWELL

    The Advocate-Messenger

    You could argue this is the biggest understatement of all time, but here it is: Language is important.

    Word choice and tone can make all the difference. How we say something is often just as critical as what we say.

    That seems to be somewhat of a lost concept in today’s world of 280-character tweets, status updates on the hour and attention-seeking sound bites.