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Columns

  • Test your home for radon

    Did you know that Kentucky has the highest rate of lung cancer in the nation? As you can imagine, dealing with this deadly disease takes a toll on our citizens stricken with it, their families and the communities they live in. On a larger scale, it also has a large impact on our health costs and economy. Our high rates of smoking is a well known link to lung cancer, but another link to the disease is exposure to radon gas.

  • Still shining

    “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.”
    That was the motto for “Dory” an endearing fish on the movie “Finding Nemo.” It was also one of Missy Farmer-Spalding’s favorite adages. She thought of it often after being diagnosed with cancer in August of 2011. No matter how awful, how painful and how scary her battle was she just kept swimming, so to speak.

  • Interim period begins for legislature

    June begins the Interim Period, a time during which legislators meet with their respective committees and monitor any issues within our scope. We also hear testimony and are informed on noteworthy topics that may require us to take action in future legislation.
    I am the co-chairman of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee. What has my attention right now is the reports of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs hospitals in the U.S, and the long waiting lists our veterans are placed on to receive critical medical care.

  • Help your child beat bullies

    By Matt Overing

    A kid named Robert bullied me in elementary school.
    Robert would always break my pencils. He’d laugh about it and just walk away.
    My dad told me to punch him. He said to sock him in the mouth and he’ll back off. He knew I’d get in trouble, but he wanted me to stand up to a bully without the help of a teacher or parent.
    I didn’t know it then, but my dad was teaching me to fight my own battles. He wasn’t going to be the one to call my teacher and complain that his child was being bullied.

  • Identity theft is a bigger problem than you might think

    If identity theft still seems like a relatively rare crime when compared to other types of stealing, the truth is that it plays a much bigger role than one might think.
    According to a report last December by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, it was responsible for nearly $25 billion in financial losses nationwide in 2012, which was $10 billion more than all other property crimes combined.

  • All of our stuff

    Like all the best comedians, George Carlin used comedy to point to bigger truths about our world. He could get deep, but he could also be silly.
    And sometimes he just talked about stuff.
    “That’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it? Trying to find a place for your stuff,” Carlin said in one of his routines. “That’s all your house is. Your house is just a place for your stuff.”

  • Creating career-training opportunities for our high school students

    As a member of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB), I have taken part in discussions over the last several years, and advocated to allow students to complete internships and apprenticeships in local industry. Many plant managers I spoke with were happy to accommodate students in the workplace as long as they were 18 years of age, with few exceptions.

  • MCPS is about children

    By Taylora Schlosser
    Marion County Superintendent

  • Catch your breath, more politics are coming

    The 2014 primary election has come and gone, but Kentucky voters aren’t going to have much time to catch their collective breath.
    As much as they may want to find a place to hide, political ads are going to be hard to avoid between now and Nov. 4.
    Incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell, his opponent Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and a variety of outside political organizations are preparing to assault each other — and us — with a barrage of “information” for the next six months.

  • Fear of losing a pet shouldn't prevent you from owning one

    By Matt Overing
    Summer intern

    Two wiggling butts greet me every day when I come home.
    They belong to my two dogs, Bailey and Addie. I wouldn't trade either for any material thing in the world, and I can't imagine my life without them.
    Losing a pet is impossibly difficult to deal with, but that shouldn't scare you from owning your own.
    I have lost two pets in my life. The first, Rosie, died when I was in high school. She was an outside dog and watched me play more basketball than anyone else in my life.