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Columns

  • Year’s top words say much about our culture

    By Chip Hutcheson
    Times Leader

    Since we’re a little more than a month away from the end of the year, it’s not surprising that some of those year-end stories are beginning to hit the news.

  • Super, super girl power

    Runner’s high: a feeling of euphoria that is experienced by some individuals engaged in strenuous running, which is associated with the release of endorphins by the brain.

    I’ve experienced the “runner’s high” more times than I can count. 

    It’s real. And it’s fantastic.

  • Centuries of life

    Last month, Village of Lebanon marked a milestone of sorts. Four of its residents have reached at least 100 years old, and two of those residents, Ethel Mae Bradshaw and Chloe Mattingly, shared some thoughts about their century on Earth.

    One hundred years ago, Woodrow Wilson was the President of the United States. Charlie Chaplin's movie "The Tramp" was released. The world's first successful blood transfusion took place in Brussels.

  • Small Business Saturday drives local shopping

     By Patricia Krausman

    University of Kentucky Small Business Development Center Director

    While the Thanksgiving Day rush for door buster deals may focus on national stores, small businesses are certainly a big part of the holiday shopping mix. 

  • Thanksgiving history with a Kentucky twist

     While the Fourth of July is understandably the most American holiday, Thanksgiving can at least lay claim to being the first.

    Its origin, as even our youngest students can tell us, began long before our independence, and we’re now just seven years away from the 400th anniversary of when the Pilgrims and Native Americans held a three-day feast.

  • Parents should share parenting

    Months ago, a concerned grandmother came to my office.
    It was a Monday morning, and I was busy, but I could tell by the distressed look on her face that she needed someone to talk to.
    She proceeded to tell me about a situation involving her son and his custody battle involving his children. The court had ruled that he could only see his children every other weekend.
    She was devastated.
    Up to that point, she had been extremely involved in her grandchildren’s lives, and she was convinced this was going to change things dramatically.

  • Attention cattlemen - Vote yes on Nov. 20

    By Steve Downs
    2014 KCA President

    Fellow cattlemen - we are in a unique position to invest in our future in a way that will have a profound effect on our livelihood for years to come. On Nov. 20, a referendum will be held, asking you to support an additional dollar check-off for our Kentucky producers. This investment in our future will help ensure that, as cattlemen, we are best positioned to maintain our prosperity even in the face of the challenges that could lie ahead.  

  • State legislature reviews school safety

    Last week, the Department of Education released its latest annual report on school safety, a study that gives the public a truly comprehensive look at the discipline issues our students, teachers, staff and administrators face.
    Overall, the news is good. Nearly 90 percent of the 660,000 students who attend public schools were not involved in any infractions in 2013-14, and of the remainder, only a small percentage was engaged in violent behavior.

  • State, districts prepare for possible missed school days
  • Thank you, veterans, for your selfless service

    This week, we recognize our veterans and thank them for their selfless service to the United States of America. I join you in honoring all of the brave men and women who have served.
    Veterans Day continues to be a very significant day for all of us in Kentucky and the U.S. as we still have so many of our service men and women around the world. Whether they are in a combat zone in the Middle East or deployed to help stem the tide of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the U.S. armed forces continue to defend liberty and help troubled nations all over the world.