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Columns and Editorials

  • Plant milkweed to support monarchs

    When what seemed like our first taste of early spring arrived the weekend of May 14 with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s — freaky because we’re halfway through May — I labored to add about 30 flowers to my pollinator garden.

  • Jumping overboard to save one's life

    After preaching a particularly challenging sermon, I received the following text from a church member: “Your sermon made me uncomfortable today. Think I’m gonna have to switch churches so I can feel better.” 

    I understand my church member’s sentiment. Sometimes things hurt so badly and life is so stressful, we long for escape.   

  • Milestone moments just days away for grads

    In anyone’s lifetime, there are only a handful of milestone moments — your wedding day, birth of a child, starting your own business, the first day of retirement.

    But for about 200 young people in our county, the milestone moment of graduating from high school is only a few days away. They’ll be taking their first wobbly steps into adulthood by heading off to college, starting full-time jobs or packing for basic training in the military.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • '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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.