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Columns and Editorials

  • Is that medication The One?

    By Lindsey Seel

     

    When I was about to get married my friends and family asked me plenty of questions about my husband-to-be. Why do you love your fiance? Does he make a good living? Do you trust him? Is it forever?

  • Vaccines are critical and safe

    Vaccines have been a recent hot topic as the new school year begins and immunization records must be updated. This year the issue of vaccine safety, particularly the myth that vaccines cause autism, has been a frequent talking point. The View’s recent hiring of co-host Jenny McCarthy reignited controversy about vaccines because of the entertainer’s vocal views on vaccinations causing autism.

    What happens if I don’t vaccinate my child?

  • People who mattered throughout life

    By Michael Duncan

     

    I am not sure how old we have to be before we begin to figure out that there were a lot people — most of them, according to those who determine who is important, quite “insignificant” — who have made very significant contributions to our lives. A trip a few weeks ago to see my mother led to my thinking about people—people who have contributed to who I am.

  • 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.