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Columns

  • Learning lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic

    By Stuart W. Sanders
     
    One afternoon in May 1918, my 12-year-old grandfather was walking home from school in Louisville when he encountered a man from his neighborhood.
    Run home fast, the man said, your father’s dead.
    With this abrupt message, my grandfather sprinted home, tears streaming down his face. His father had died from “edema of the lungs,” which was brought about by complications from influenza.

  • Preparing to preview pension plan proposal

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed
     
    Last week in Frankfort marked the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session. Kentucky is a robust state, with many incredibly good traits, and some serious issues still to tackle. Every two years in Frankfort, the legislature is charged with crafting a budget to fund important government programs like education, public safety and transportation, just to name a few.

  • Be yourself

    By Leah Hazelwood

     

    My hair has always stood out in the crowd. It’s big, curly, and what a casting agency considers an “afro,” but most of all beautiful. I have fully embraced my curls since junior high, but all years prior to this were the polar opposite. I hated my hair, I hated my skin and I hated who I was. 

  • The worst day

    Last week, I talked a lot about how touched I’ve been by some of the stories I’ve gotten to share, so far. I got to meet the Mattingly children, Emma and Tripp, and I had flashbacks to a very similar time in my life.

    I also sat down with Gail King and her husband, John, and she kept saying to me: “We celebrate life… We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. And, our family is important. We just celebrate all of life.”

  • Feedback: A dollop of student success

    At age 10, my daughter started a club. She was going to become a writer and would employ her classmates as apprentices. After devising a contract and business cards headlining in bold print, “Let That Writer Write,” she quickly recruited friends. Business cards were passed out to family, friends and teachers. In essence, this group would “write” whatever was needed. I was even enticed to post the business cards on social media to draw in more business. 

  • Let’s work together for our community
  • Epic fails, free throws and Coach Ferriell

    Editor’s note: This was originally published in October of 2011.

     

    “Taters!”

    That’s one of my nicknames, which was coined by my middle school basketball coach and physical education teacher at St. Charles Middle School - David Ferriell.

    “Girl, you been eatin’ too many taters,” he would say, teasing me during P.E. class.

  • Let’s get uncomfortable

    It’s really hard to step out of your comfort zone. 

    “Oh, don’t be afraid, everything is so much better outside of your comfort zone.” 

    That’s a phrase we probably here a lot. I know I hear it. And, yeah, I even say it. It’s one thing to just casually tell a friend or family member, “Hey it’s alright, just get out of your comfort zone,” and a totally different thing to actually do it yourself.

  • The Workforce Crisis Task Force: Crisis response in action

    Kentucky is enjoying economic growth, and the state continues to be home to successful established businesses as well as a hub for emerging entrepreneurs and start-ups.  

    The opportunities for Kentucky and the Lincoln Trail region are limitless, but the constraints on realizing those opportunities are real. Specifically, we face a workforce shortage in part due to this economic growth in so many sectors.

  • Legislative session is in full swing

    The threat of extreme winter weather conditions caused us to call off session in Frankfort on Friday, but not before we passed significant bills in the Senate earlier in the week. We hit the ground running during the second week of the 2018 session. Standing committees met to discuss and pass bills, which then went to the Senate floor for a full vote.