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Guest Columns

  • Deciduous Toenails

    Since my husband and I married I have gone through several sets of toenails. Sets may be a bit of an exaggeration, more like the same toenails over and over again. I’ve recently shed a big toenail; right before the trees began to drop their leaves. Another similarity to the autumn leaf is the color change. Leaves become beautiful shades of yellow, red and russet; toenails go black….

  • Bullying defined

    Dear Readers,
    Several years ago I was privileged enough to attend a training on Bullying presented by Dr. Allan L. Beane. Dr. Beane has been one of our nation’s leading experts on the topic for many years and having been exposed to his teachings I can vouch for his expertise.
    The topic of bullying is so important that it may take more than one week for me to address it so in the upcoming weeks there will be more information provided. I hope that it helps you as parents to be more aware of whether your child is being bullied or if your child is the bully.

  • We are all ‘millennials’

    Since last year I’ve gotten three new podmates at work, all millennials (those born in the 1980s to the early 2000s).
    One just turned 30, one just turned 27 and one, at 22, is younger than my favorite denim jacket that I still wear.
    I call them my pod kids and they call me their pod mom.
    Of the three, the 30-year-old was horrified to learn that she is a millennial. She had me watch a “Millennials in the Workplace” You Tube video that hilariously portrayed her generation as, among other things, always expecting a reward for doing their job.

  • Domestic violence, sex crimes, bullying addressed by forums

    As a matter of public policy, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and bullying were seldom discussed for much of our country’s history, much less adequately addressed. 
    Thankfully, that era is largely behind us. Today, society is much more aware of these acts of aggression and how to stop them, and as a result, we’re seeing a greater number of victims get the care they deserve.
    In many ways, Kentucky has been a leader among the states in this regard, and 2015 is poised to be remembered as a high-water mark in this journey.

  • Dangers of social media

    Dear Readers,

  • Hope, like light, scatters the darkness

    The other morning I ate breakfast in the moonlight.
    The temperature outdoors was several degrees cooler than the temperature indoors, so I took my bowl of Cinnamon Chex/Fiber One with unsweetened almond milk and my cup of coffee, opened the sliding glass door that separates the living room from the back screened-in porch and sat at the high-top tile table.
    It was early — I’m a ridiculously early riser — and it was still dark out except for a sliver of a moon.

  • GUEST COLUMN

    By REP. GREG STUMBO, Speaker
    Kentucky House of Representatives
    When it comes to solving the big issues of the day, President Eisenhower had it right when he said, “If you can’t solve a problem, enlarge it.”

  • October is time for energy awareness in commonwealth

    In a month where we often turn on the air conditioning during the day but the heat at night, it seems appropriate that October has been set aside nationally to raise awareness of our energy needs.
    This annual designation began nearly a quarter-century ago and gives us an opportunity to especially highlight renewable fuels and energy conservation, twin areas where Kentucky routinely gets high marks.

  • Superintendent’s Corner

    Dear Readers,
    When applying for the position of Trimble County superintendent, I was very pleased when doing my research, I found the following as the district’s mission and vision statement:
    Our Mission:
    It’s About Every Student, Every Day… No Excuses
    Our Vision:
    The Trimble County School District will develop graduates who are College and Career Ready.
    Our Belief Statements:
    This We believe….
    -A student’s success is the responsibility of students, teachers, parents, and community.

  • ‘Bless me, Father, for I have sinned’

    Several times a week I pass a church that has a sign board out front advertising confessions on Saturdays.
    I confess that when I was a kid I went to a church that had confession booths, only I thought behind the dark wooden doors was either a broom closet or it was where they kept the devil.
    Kids think crazy things, don’t they?
    When I was 7 or so I got to go behind the wooden doors and confess my sins, which mostly consisted of being mean to my sister and brothers and disobeying my parents.