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Columns

  • Parents, step up your game

    I consider myself to be a good parent.
    I try really hard to teach my son to be kind, try hard in school, be a good sport and eat his vegetables (even if they are served with Pizza Rolls).
    I try to be a good parent, but I fully admit, I fail sometimes.
    Recently, I got a serious wakeup call and reminder that I need to step up my parenting game.

  • Share your thoughts at legislative coffee Jan. 6

    I would like to start this article by wishing each of you a Merry Christmas and thanking you for allowing me to serve as your state senator. This year has flown by starting with a productive 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, followed by a busy interim break, new senate leadership elections, and talks of pension reform. Many of you have offered constructive feedback and opinions that I have taken to heart as we begin to craft legislation for the 2018 budget session.

  • A better career outlook in 2018

    By Carter Dyson

    With 2017 coming to a close, many job seekers and potential job seekers are considering what they want to accomplish on the job in the coming year.
    Whether you are looking to get a new career on track, re-enter the workforce or move to the next level in your field, there’s probably one thing that rings true for every job search: It’s hard work. Yet, like so many other things, a well-researched plan will greatly increase your chances of success.

  • Me, too

    I debated writing this, but the ongoing news about prominent men being accused of sexual harassment has been weighing heavily on my mind and my conscience.
    I’ve heard several people recently ask the question, “Why are so many women speaking out about sexual harassment now?”
    My response: “Who cares!”
    Women finally feel brave enough to speak out – that’s a good thing.
    And, when one woman speaks out, it emboldens the rest of us.
    But, honestly, I wish we would have spoken out sooner.

  • Children are searching for their forever homes

    By Lori Mangum
    Maryhurst Foster Care Director
     

    November is National Adoption Month, and though the month-long observance is an important conversation starter, it can’t fully convey the ongoing and unmet needs of children searching for their forever homes. During this season of giving and gratitude, the truth is that more than 7,000 kids in Kentucky will spend the holidays in the care of someone other than their family of origin.

  • Support local businesses this holiday season

    As Christmas draws near, Kentuckians gear up for the shopping season. Many shoppers plan their Thanksgiving weekend around Black Friday advertisements while others scope the latest online deals for Cyber Monday.

  • Everyday miracles

    “The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it.” - Gene Amole

    The sunrise – it’s sort of become my thing.
    As my family and friends can attest, I rise WAAAAAAY before the sun does at least six days a week. And one of my favorite things to do is watch the sunrise.

  • Rural mental health care must not be overlooked

    By Jordan Rasmussen
    Center for Rural Affairs

    The challenges that try rural communities in nearly all aspects of health care – greater travel distances, fewer providers, heightened health concerns, lower incomes – also stand in the way of the delivery of behavioral and mental health care services. While there is not a greater prevalence of mental illness among rural residents, a significant disparity exists in access to mental health services and care for rural populations.

  • Reflect on blessings and give thanks

    The leaves fell and the weather grew cooler as we transitioned into this blustery November. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the legislature continues to hold Interim Joint Committee meetings throughout the Commonwealth and in Frankfort.

  • The value of education in overcoming adversity

    By Cal Turner Jr.

    Looking around our world today, we don’t have to look very far to see adversity. From the hurricanes ravaging our nation to the peace rallies working to smooth over cultural and racial divisions, adversity lives all around us, with people struggling to overcome many different challenges.