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Columns and Editorials

  • House Bill 1 and your primary doctor

    Katherine Jett

    In 2008 Kentucky had the fifth highest rate of drug overdose in the country.

    Kentucky has one of the highest rates of pain medication prescribed per capita in the country. 

    More than 54 percent of the state’s residents have been prescribed a narcotic pain medication within the past five years. 

  • Well in a not well world

    Once upon a time, filled with youthful enthusiasm and naiveté, I believed that one day I would finally get life right ... that my life would be fully on target ... that I would be the person God intended me to be.

    There is nothing like adulthood to take care of youthful enthusiasm and naiveté. My life is not always on target. In fact, there are days when I can’t even see the target. As for being the person God intended me to be, this too, according to the standards of the young man I once was, eludes me.

  • Past personal history speaks to our present

    Serendipity shined on me this past week.
    When I moved to northern Kentucky after high school, I always drove by a house barely visible from the road in Smithfield en route to I-71. In between the trees that lined the driveway, I stole glimpses of a Federal style house far back a gravel drive surrounded by fields. I could only see the house long enough to instill more curiosity, wonder and frustration, which taxed my curiosity in epic proportions over the last 20 plus years.
    Rewind with me back a couple of weeks.

  • Gearing up for great gardening

    It’s time for gardening! For some of us, gardening is exciting; for others, it’s more drudgery than pleasure.

    I belonged to the first group until I moved to Alaska. Unsuccessful attempts year after year soon drove me to despair.

    Often times, we take the familiar for granted. I certainly did.

    I assumed gardening in Alaska would produce similar results to the gardens I had seen growing in Kentucky. Of course, I knew soil types, maturity dates, etc. would differ in the diverse geographical locations. I really hadn’t a clue!

  • UTI can be more than just a pain

    By Katherine Jett

     

    The burning, the pressure, and feeling like you need to urinate all the time – if you have ever had a bladder infection this description is all too familiar. 

    A urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria in the urinary bladder that overcomes the body’s natural defenses and causes infection. Infections can be limited to the bladder or can also spread to the kidneys causing pyelonephritis.  Occasionally in men the infection can also infect the prostate.

  • Being self-employed is hard work

    By Lance Minnis

     

    I was reading one of the blogs I follow and an article caught my attention: Are Self-Employed People Entrepreneurs or Slackers? The author had attended a networking event and been told by a recruiter that “self-employed people are just people who can’t find work or keep a job anywhere else.”

  • God, the flag and our money

    Michael Duncan

    I confess to having some “bad” thoughts. Facebook is the cause. I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook. Mostly I scan through some time during the day to see if any of my friends have posted anything interesting.

    There are some interesting things on Facebook, including some photos I had rather not seen.  But more often than not, it is the comments that friends post that bother me.

  • The House wasted no time moving ahead

    Under the rules that govern odd-year legislative sessions, much of the General Assembly’s work doesn’t begin until February and it ends about a week before the start of March Madness.  With four days set aside in January for organizational matters and one or two days in late March used to consider any vetoes, that leaves about 25 days to cover what is often a long agenda.

  • The real gift of Christmas

    It’s December and Christmas is just around the corner!  Most folks are scrambling to get it all together before the big day arrives and praying that they can keep themselves together until torn wrapping paper is thrown out, the leftovers are distributed to guests and sent away, and they can fall peacefully into bed. It is such a wonderful, crazy time of the year.

  • The Matter of Two Thanksgivings

     

    By Candy Clarke

    Two Thanksgivings? Are you wondering if the government decided we need to celebrate life with two official Thanksgiving holidays? No, they haven’t, but maybe that might not be such a bad idea. Two thanksgiving dinners would certainly prove beneficial to the grocery industry.