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Guest Columns

  • New laws in place after special session

    While the just-completed legislative sessions will likely be remembered for two things – averting a crisis within Medicaid and enacting a far-reaching reform of our penal code – that should not overshadow the fact that quite a few other prominent bills are also now law.

  • Senate seeks to override vetoes

    Last week, I reported that both the House and the Senate voted for a responsible approach to resolving the Medicaid budget shortfall. Unfortunately, late Friday, the Governor vetoed all the key accountability provisions and is now left with an open checkbook combined with an unlimited credit card funded with your tax dollars.

  • Kentucky Senate failed to heed governor’s warning on Medicaid

    Last fall, when the General Assembly finalized the calendar for the 2011 Regular Session, this past week was scheduled to be one of the quietest of the year.  It was set aside as part of a 10-day period known as the veto recess, which gives the governor time to consider legislation sent to him and then gives legislators a chance to use the session’s final day to consider vetoes, if any occur.

  • Regular session ended with success, disappointment

  • Special session to address Medicaid deficit

    When the General Assembly began the 2011 Regular Session in January, there was only one thing that had to be done: Plug a sizeable deficit in Medicaid.

  • Prison measure signed into law, other measures wait

    Long after a legislative session is in the history books, it is often remembered by just one or two of its most prominent bills. Early last week, the General Assembly gave its overwhelming approval to the one that will almost certainly top this year’s list.

  • LOOKING BACK

    30 years ago
    March 5, 1980

  • Exercise restores vitality, rejuvenation

    I had a client named Frances who was always tired. She came to me because she had lost her zest for living and seemed to just drag through every day.
    I asked what used to bring her happiness and relaxation; she replied, without hesitation, music.
    So, she agreed to use music and movement to help improve her vitality. I put on some flowing mood music with wind instruments and told her to slow her breathing – inhaling and exhaling gently to relax to the rhythm of the music.

  • Claifying the new subscription system for Banner website

    I’ve had several people ask me questions about last week’s front page article on our move to a subscription-based website, effective Feb. 23.
    Don’t worry. If you’re a subscriber to The Trimble Banner, you’ll have access all news and other content at MyTrimbleNews.com. Access to the website is free for all of our print subscribers.
    But you will have to take a few quick steps to get registered, then you’ll be ready to use the digital version of the newspaper.

  • FEBRUARY: EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS MONTH

    Earthquakes that occur in the New Madrid fault zone are potential threats to portions of seven U.S. states – Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Arkansas and Missouri.
    In Kentucky, the fault lies in Western Kentucky, crossing the Ohio River in two places.
    During a major earthquake, you may hear roaring or a rumbling sound that gradually grows louder. You may feel a rolling sensation that starts out gently and, within seconds, becomes violent.