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Columns and Editorials

  • Congestive Heart Failure affects 5.7 million Americans

    By Katherine Jett

    Congestive heart failure is a chronic disease affecting about 5.7 million Americans. Kentucky has one of the highest CHF rates in the country.

    If you think about it, I bet that each of you can name at least one person with CHF. Many of you can probably name multiple people afflicted by chronic heart problems. Heart failure is responsible for 11 million physician visits each year and more hospitalizations than all forms of cancer combined.

    What is CHF?

  • Identity through remembering

    If you are my age or older, you probably remember as a younger person losing patience with an older person who started to tell you something and then stopped... finally confessing, “Well, I forgot what I was going to tell you.” I now find myself wishing that I had been more patient with such people, as patient as they were in not telling me that the day would come when I would understand. I do.

  • The Main Street dilemma

    By Lance Minnis

    For Father’s Day, I had the pleasure of spending some time in Midway.

    Our purpose was to eat dinner at a local eatery, but we took some time to drive through the small downtown and some of the neighborhoods immediately surrounding. While there are some properties for sale and open storefronts for lease, like most small communities, downtown is well maintained, full of restaurants and shops, and the residential streets are shaded and beautiful with well-tended homes and apartments.

  • Don’t go away, vacation in beautiful Henry County

    Summer has arrived, and activities are in full swing.

    If you have ever wondered if the chamber might be an organization you or your business should join, we welcome you to attend our annual meeting and dinner on June 25.

  • Grief is painful but must be experienced

    Most of us know about “good grief” from Charles Schultz’s Peanuts cartoon. “Good grief, Charlie Brown.” More often than not, the comment was aimed at poor Charlie Brown’s ineptness. Perhaps we’ve all said it to someone... or perhaps said it to ourselves.

    In reality, can grief ever be good? It is a painful experience and a wrenching emotion. We experience it in the death of a loved one, in the death of a pet, in the loss of job or a dream, and in a myriad of other life experiences.

  • New specialty license plates could kick cancer stats down the road

    Each year, 25,000 Kentuckians – nearly 70 a day – are given the one diagnosis nobody ever wants to hear from their doctor: Cancer.

    If there is a silver lining surrounding this sizeable cloud, it is that we are seeing true progress in making sure this word is said much less often.  Nationally, deaths are down a fifth from their peak in 1991, and most types of cancers – but not all – are in decline.

  • Give teachers credit for students’ gain

    As we put another school year behind us – and as parents wait for the inevitable cries of “I’m bored” in the not-too-distant future – now is a good time to take a closer look at all of the good things going on academically.

    Over the long term, perhaps the best news came out of a 2012 Harvard study, which showed Kentucky tying for fifth among the states when measuring the gains our students have made over the last 20 years in math, reading and science.

  • A personal journey of recovery and kindnesss

    By Candy Clarke

     

    It all began quite innocently. My husband and I were in the process of establishing a primary health care provider here in Kentucky. After last year’s flu season, we had decided it would be in our best interest to have a local doctor. Many inquiries later, we had selected a physician; provided copies of medical records and made an appointment for the first visit.

  • Remember our veterans’ commitment to duty

    For nearly 150 years now, our nation has set aside a day to remember those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom.

    It is perhaps fitting that Memorial Day, which traces its roots to the Civil War, was itself the source of conflict for so many years.  It is believed to have begun in the South, when Confederate widows decorated not only the graves of their loved ones but also those of Union soldiers, knowing their families were grieving as well.

  • Swimmer’s ear a common, but treatable, problem

    Memorial Day is right around the corner.  This means it is time for one of my favorite activities - Swimming!  Kids and adults alike will soon be soaking up some sun as they splash in pools, lakes, and sprinklers.  It’s all fun and games until the next day when someone wakes up complaining of a terrible earache.  Swimmer’s ear is definitely a dreaded pain of summer.