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Columns and Editorials

  • Eminence Guest column: July an unusually busy month for legislature

    July may not be a time normally associated with a rush of legislative activity, but in a key way, no month is busier.

    That’s because it marks the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, and it also is when most of the new laws adopted earlier in the year by the General Assembly take effect.  Unless there is an emergency clause or another specified date, all enacted bills officially go on the books 90 days after the end of a legislative session.  This year, that falls on July 12.

  • Root beer stand brings relaxation

    Driving across country from Kentucky to Alaska is never boring for me. Though I may see many of the same things several times, I am never bored. My husband, Frank, on the other hand, frequently has a “let’s just get there and then we can enjoy” mentality about travel. This attitude, I have noticed is particularly true prior to his arrival at his favorite root beer stand in Fort McLeod in Alberta, Canada.

  • When it come to children and cars, BE SAFE

    In light of the recent tragic and accidental death of 8-month old Lincoln Lindsay in Louisville, we are once again reminded of the danger of the heat in combination with distracted parents.  Lincoln was accidentally left in a car after his dad forgot to drop him off at daycare.  The infant died as a result of heat exposure while he was trapped in the car. 

    You may ask, “How could a parent forget a child in the car?” 

  • Sound advice: to thine own self be true

    We are often told that, if our lives are to matter, we must be selfless, always putting others first.  It’s good advice, but being selfless in a healthy manner is possible only when a person knows him/herself.

    Be selfish.  Take some time to think about yourself; figure out who you are.  Only then can you be a person capable of putting others first.

    In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius gave his son Laertes good advice:

    This above all: to thine own self be true,

  • Time to hit the road to Alaska again

    By Candy Clarke

     

    Well, it’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about gardening, farming, or boating. This time, I’m talking about packing up and heading for Alaska. As much as I look forward to going home to Alaska, it is very difficult to leave Kentucky at this time of year. We are never quite ready to leave; we always want to stay just another week or two.

  • Insects alive early after warm winter

    By Tracy Harris
    Landmark News Service
    A mild winter and warm spring has more people outside and active — and they have company.
    Ticks, mosquitoes and other insects are active earlier this year due to unseasonably warm weather and medical professionals are advising people to be cautious of themselves and their pets.
    But most pests are just, well, pesky.
    Only the black-legged ticks species carries lyme disease and it is rare in Kentucky. More cases are reported in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the northeast.

  • Lead poisoning isn’t just a thing of the past

    By Katherine Jett

     

     

    Last week the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced it had revised its more than 20 year old policy regarding lead poisoning in children.

    While lead poisoning may sound like a disease of the past, it is currently the most preventable environmental disease of young children in the United States today.

  • People: The charm of Henry County

    By Candy Clarke

    Charm is defined as “attractiveness; the power to delight or attract people.” In my opinion, that equates to a place called Henry County.

  • No one stands alone in Christian faith

    By Michael Duncan

     

  • An attitude of gratitude

    By Candy Clarke

     

    “An attitude of gratitude” sounds like a catchy phrase, but what does it mean? I once heard a motivational speaker challenging his audience to live each day with an “’attitude of gratitude.” I decided to play along. Just what was so intriguing about this attitude of gratitude concept?