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Guest Columns

  • Earthquakes: Imagine the unthinkable

    By JONATHON BALL
    Special to The Trimble Banner

    Are you prepared? Very seldom we overlook the unexpected things in life, such as Mother Nature. Mother Nature can cause all kinds of damage not only to property but also human lives. By being prepared and knowing the correct steps to take, this in turn could save your life.

  • Kentucky at the heart of the nation

    One of the Commonwealth’s most famous authors, Jesse Stuart, once wrote that “if these United States can be called a body, Kentucky can be called its heart.”

    He was referring to more than just our location, of course, but his words have proven prophetic in a geographic sense as well.  It turns out that our literal place in the world is a great place to be when it comes to helping the world get what it needs.

  • Prayer lessons from a mud dauber

    The other day I walked into my house and found an intruder.

    He looked mean, too.

    My husband calls creatures like him mud daubers. They’re a type of wasp, with stingers poised to pierce delicate skin such as mine.

    The intruder didn’t seem fazed that he was somewhere he didn’t belong and just buzzed around, probably plotting an attack on my bare arms.

  • General Assembly worked to improve Medicaid savings

    One of the General Assembly’s top priorities this year – fixing a short-term deficit in Medicaid while putting the program on a path toward long-term savings – took a major, even historic, step forward last Thursday.

    That morning, Governor Beshear announced three companies had been hired to manage the care of most of those enrolled in Medicaid. These companies are joining Passport, a state-created entity that has already been doing the same type of work in Jefferson and 15 surrounding counties for more than a decade.

  • Older citizens subject of recent legislation

    One of the country’s biggest challenges over the next few decades is ensuring that the “golden years” truly live up to their name for our older citizens.

    As more Baby Boomers begin turning 65 – the first began celebrating that milestone birthday in January – this group of citizens promises to be a fastest-growing demographic for quite some time.

  • Lawmaker draws comparisons to other states

    One of the more persistent challenges state leaders face from year to year is determining just how well Kentucky measures up against its sister states. We need to know where we stand before we decide in which direction we should move.

  • Practical benefits of Reiki

    Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. The special energy that was gifted to Dr. Usui during a twenty-one day Mt Kurama retreat in 1914 was named Reiki. In the Japanese language, the word ‘Rei’ means Universal and ‘Ki’ means Spiritual wisdom which comes from God Consciousness through our Higher Self. This is an extremely high energy frequency which raises the level of lower dense energy that accompanies disease and disturbed emotional states. It aids many of our current health issues.

  • Hometown hydro champ sees regatta as ‘a racing heritage’

    By STEVE DAVID
    Special to The Trimble Banner

  • Miracles bring faith to the cynical

    Joan Chipkar is one of those people I can’t say no to.

    In 2004, after Florida was hit by hurricanes, she convinced me to go with her to do laundry for health department staff working in the hardest hit area.

    Last year, when her beloved therapy dog Charlie died, I wrote an obituary column about the brown and white cocker spaniel.

    And when she called last week to ask me to write about her miracle great-grandson Landon in Alabama, I didn’t say yes, but I didn’t say no.

  • Cancer is top health concern among Kentuckians

    Earlier this year, The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky asked more than 1,600 Kentuckians a simple question: What do you think is the most pressing healthcare issue for our citizens? The answer given most often was a word no one wants to hear: Cancer.

    There’s good reason why it’s the top health concern, because in the Commonwealth it’s the leading cause of death among women and a close second behind heart disease in men.  Unfortunately, it’s also more prevalent here than in other states.