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Guest Columns

  • 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.

  • Easter is for laughing

    When I was a new Christian, I discovered a portrait of Jesus called the “Laughing Christ” at a Christian book store.
    At the time I was attending a serious church, a church where the thought of Jesus laughing was most likely frowned on. Maybe Jesus smiled at babies and puppies, but telling jokes with his friends? God forbid.
    Consequently, because the serious people at that serious church were so serious about their Christian faith, they presented Jesus as serious too. Serious equals somber and sober, which equals humorless and kinda mean.

  • Legislators tackle lingering issues

    Traditionally, the last day of a legislative session is set aside just to consider any vetoes the governor may make.  Recently, however, the General Assembly has also used the time to wrap up a few lingering issues, and this year is no different.

  • Approved budget will please many, disappoint some

    While several issues remain unresolved, the General Assembly completed its biggest task early last week when it overwhelmingly approved a budget to run state government for the next two years.
    In many ways, this legislation mirrors the proposal the House voted for last month. It gives our elementary and secondary schools, for example, their first real increase since 2008.  There is also significantly more revenue for such things as textbooks, school safety measures and teacher development.

  • Love is in the air, let it heal

    As you survey your life, tune back into the healing quality of love and the fulfillment it brings. Your body lets you know through your physical symptoms when and where there is trouble. Listen to your body’s signals of trauma and emotional duress and be more aware of your own inner knowing to feel what is transpiring in your own body systems. You need this same awareness of sensitivity to accurately deal with your relationships with others.

  • Gospel dreamin’ leads to questions

    As I mentioned in last week’s column, here at the paper we never know what kind of conversation we’ll have when the phone rings.
    Recently, as I picked up the phone a woman blurted out, “Do you believe God talks to you through your dreams?”
    My first thought: Is this a trick question? Does she believe it or does she believe it’s hocus pocus hooey balooey?
    My second thought: I hope she didn’t dream that God wants her to run me over with a forklift.

  • Key pieces of state budget addressed

    In the final full week of legislative session, we continued to hash out state budget details with the House in conference committee after passing our versions of the budget bills.  Conference committees include the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Budgets for the next two years, as well as the state’s road plan. There are many different opinions and philosophies on how to spend the money, raise revenue, and support the important public services for Kentucky.  The budget is the ultimate statement of priorities for the Commonwealth.

  • Legislators dash to finish agenda of current session

    If legislative sessions start like a marathon, they end like a 100-yard dash, as the House and Senate make a final push to turn their goals into law.
    Leading the agenda, of course, is the state’s two-year budget and highway plan.  Legislative leaders began meeting Wednesday to hammer out a compromise, and the good news is that there is some broad area of agreement.

  • Tears over lost and found

    When the phone rings here at the newspaper, you never know who’s on the other end and what the person will say.
    That’s why we have an antacid dispenser in the break room. (Not really.)
    One day last week I got a call from a woman who sounded greatly distressed; she had lost her wedding rings.
    It happened several months ago when she was going through cancer treatment. She said the treatment muddled her brain, made her absent-minded and forgetful.

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