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Columns and Editorials

  • 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.

  • Reach out and Read with your doctor’s office

    Ouch!  My big toe is red and hurts!  It was fine last night, but now it is very painful.  This description could fit an infection or an injury to the toe, but it is also the classic presentation of gout.  Gout is a painful condition caused by high levels of uric acid that cause urate crystals to form. 

  • Small businesses are a big deal

    By Lance Minnis

    When I was growing up, we lived in a large old farmhouse with a nice open wrap-around porch.

    I must have painted that house five times as a kid, because the weather boards were so old, paint would no longer stick, and years of accumulated paint would chip off between one summer and the next.

    Of course, my father would rouse me out of bed early on Saturday, and we would get a good start on some painting project or other. He would often leave me alone to complete it, and then check my work when I was finished.

  • Fall doesn’t mean a slow down in county activities

    The Henry County Chamber of Commerce is constantly looking for ways to make our chamber an association that businesses, churches, non-profits and individuals can look to for not just information, but also for support of our communities. 

  • It’s okay for children to be around funerals

    Michael Duncan

     

    I first saw the little boy about thirty minutes before the funeral was scheduled to begin. I guessed him to be six or seven years old. He was standing at the edge of the chapel, looking toward the open casket. As I watched, he slowly approached the casket where his mother stood looking at the body of her father.

    “I thought you were with your dad,” the mother said.