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Guest Columns

  • Anatomy of an apology

    The Huffington Post online site posts a “cute kid note of the day.”
    One of the most popular notes is called “I Am Sorry Ben.” It goes:
    I am sorry Ben. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I feel like crap.
    I love you and I was trying to hit Chris. I hate my choice I made. I rally (sic) hope you except (sic) my apollogee (sic). When I throo (sic) the sizzors (sic) I was aiming for Chris. I hope you start to feel better soon.

  • Kentucky a leader among states in historic preservation

    When it comes to keeping history alive, few states can match Kentucky.
    The Kentucky Historical Society, for example, will celebrate its 180th birthday in 2016, the same year our country will mark the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. That legislation kicked off the modern era of protecting and promoting the hundreds of thousands of artifacts and sites that, collectively, tell the story of who we are.

  • Alcohol-related traffic deaths increasing in Ky.

    Given the greater focus our nation now puts on highway safety, it can be difficult to remember what it was like before the era of better car and road design and tougher law enforcement.
    In the early 1970s, we were losing more than 50,000 people a year to traffic accidents, but that number has since shrunk to less than 34,000, even with significantly more miles being driven.

  • Why do we pray?

    According to a recent LifeWay Research survey, when God answers prayer, he tends to do it in the South.
    Two times as many Southerners as people in the Northeast who pray say all of their prayers have been answered.
    Hmmm. I live in the South and I’m here to tell you that the survey is hooey, at least if you judge by my “God answers my prayers” track record.

  • Count Your Blessings
  • Legislators going ‘Back to School’ nationwide

    Starting this week, hundreds of state legislators from across the country will begin visiting classrooms to kick off the 16th annual “America’s Legislators Back to School Program.”

    Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, this event initially lasted just one day but now extends through much of the school year.  While most students tour the state Capitol at least once, often during a field trip in elementary school, this program brings state government to them.

  • DNA research and your diet

    Compiled by the Rev. Patrice Joy Masterson, MA Reiki Master Instructor, from the book, “How to Reprogram Your DNA for Optimum Health,” by Adelle LaBree

    Anew field called “Nutrigenomics”is devoted to the study of the effects of foods on genetic behavior. By analyzing how different foods interact with specific genes, researchers have confirmed that the food you eat directly influences the metabolic programming of your cells.

  • Whether it’s things or feelings, hoarding is never good for you

    When we moved to Florida from California 23 years ago, we did so with only the things we could fit into two vehicles.

    That meant getting rid of 15 years’ worth of possessions to start over, which was both sad and exciting.

    I especially hated parting with the coffee table my husband had accidentally autographed. He tends to write hard and had been signing checks. After that, at a certain angle you could see a half-dozen “Barry Kennedy” indentations in the table top.

  • Coalition spreads the word on substance abuse prevention

    On Aug. 27, the Trimble CARES Coalition met at the Trimble County Extension Office. During the meeting Director Denise Hall and Seven Counties Prevention Specialist Patty Gregory shared resources and data that they received while at the CADCA training this summer.

    Trimble County Attorney Perry Arnold shared information on a recent conference including raising awareness on clothing, such as “710” means OIL upside down referencing marijuana oil and DGK indicating drug use.

  • What to do if you inherit someone’s 401(k)

    By Jason Alderman
    Talk about good news wrapped in bad: In the midst of grieving the loss of a loved one, you learn that you were named beneficiary of their 401(k) plan. Chances are you’ve got too much on your mind to make any sudden decisions about what to do with the money.
    However, don’t procrastinate too long. The IRS has ironclad rules, deadlines and penalties concerning inherited retirement accounts, which vary depending on what type of account it is. This column discusses inherited 401(k) and similar employer-provided plans.