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Columns and Editorials

  • Making efforts to attract rarely seen birds

    English sparrows are the rats of the avian world, at least in my opinion. English sparrows are the Euro-trash that, after being brought here by well-intentioned folks, collect around cities in the United States and bully the natives.

  • Not all medications can or should be stopped 'cold turkey'

    By Drane Stephens, Eminence Apothecary

    I often get question about the proper way to stop taking a medication. 

    How to stop a medicine isn’t always clear-cut and generally depends on dose, duration of therapy, reason for stopping, etc. 

    But using a “start slow to go low” approach can usually help limit discontinuation symptoms or other problems for patients. 

  • At session's end several new laws hit the books

    Legislative sessions tend to be remembered for just a handful of new laws, and this year’s, which ended April 15, is no different.

    The budget was understandably the most prominent, with its chief highlight being the significant amount of new money the General Assembly put toward the unfunded liabilities of our public retirement systems.

  • 'United we stand, divided we fall'

    By Ky. Governor Matt Bevin

    A new day is dawning in Kentucky. 

    For the first time in many years, the winds of financial responsibility have begun to blow briskly through the marble halls of Frankfort. These welcome breezes are ushering in the promise of a fresh start for the Commonwealth. 

  • Legislature addresses potential crisis

    For more than a decade now, the most pressing long-term problem in Kentucky has been the growing liabilities of our public retirement systems for teachers and state employees.

    Both systems had far more than they needed a dozen or so years ago, but two recessions since then have swept most of those gains away.

  • An honest day's pay for an honest day's work

    It’s fair to say that we in the United States venerate the economic and the social value of people holding down a job.

    We hear monthly reports about the unemployment/employment rates. Educational efforts at the public school and the university level are both increasingly geared toward learning skills with an eye on students landing careers. I hear there are a few dozen workforce training programs that trickle down from the federal level.

  • Join the fight against addiction

    By John Logan Brent, Henry County Judge-Executive

    The Jan. 6 Shelby County newspaper caught my eye — the headline read, “The Heroin Epidemic.”  The bold print read, “2 fatal and up to 10 overdoses in a week.”  

    Our EMS director came in later that day and I questioned him if our EMS was responding to many overdose calls.  He sighed and answered, “Yes, about two a week.”  

    Working with the public not a lot shocks you, but this did.  

  • Budget unresolved

    This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to wrap up the 2016 legislative session.

    While this time traditionally has been set aside just to consider whether the House and Senate should override any vetoes a governor might issue, we have begun in recent years to also use this time to vote on other bills that were unresolved before the veto recess.  This year, the biggest of those is the state’s two-year budget.

  • Downtowns can be the heart of a vibrant community

    The story of Norm’s Food World closing repeats a familiar theme communities all across the country have experienced.

    When I was growing up in Evansville, Ind., my mother used to shop at the Saveway. The proprietor was actually the father of my best friend in grade school.

    Mom went there to buy beef from the meat cutter and cold cuts and cheese from the deli. I would see my friend’s dad occasionally and wave to him.

  • Legislators struggle to find common ground on budget

    At the end of a legislative session, months of preparation and weeks of debate give way to a handful of days where the General Assembly and governor decide what will become law and what will have to wait.