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Today's Opinions

  • Soft skills are essential for career and college readiness
  • Wantology 101

    Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, something new comes along.
    There’s a new field of psychology called “wantology.” It’s an actual field of expertise where “wantologists” help people discern or define their wants and desires and then help them work out a plan to achieve them.
    That’s what I want — a wantologist!

  • Postsecondary graduation rates up

    About a month ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reaffirmed what has long been assumed: A college degree really is worth the investment.
    Using data dating back to 1973, the Fed determined that those with a bachelor’s degree earn about $64,500 a year, which is nearly $24,000 more than someone who finishes their education at the end of high school.  Over a career, that difference adds up to $1.2 million, or nearly 10 times the cost to earn that four-year diploma.

  • 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.

  • Life lessons in the mud

    Although I personally don’t get the fascination with running races through mud, these days lots of people do.
    A few years ago, my two daughters did a mud race together. My oldest daughter, Alison, said the obstacles freaked her out and she doesn’t like climbing cargo nets and was leery of leaping over fire.
    “Otherwise, the mud was fun,” she said. “Once you commit to being muddy and know you’re going to feel gross and will be cleaning mud out of your ears for weeks after, it’s just plain fun.”

  • Lady Raider golfers thank scramble sponsors

    Editor:
    The Trimble County Girls Golf Team held a golf scramble on May 31st at Cardinal Hills golf course. Thanks to all of our sponsors, it was a very successful day. Please help us show our appreciation to these generous sponsors by expressing our thanks if you should cross their path.  They are:
    Hole Sponsors:
    Craig Toyota
    American Legion Post 9
    McCubbin Ford
    Bedford Bank
    Bill Mudd Electric
    Earl Floyd Ford
    Lynda & Bruce Perry
    Farmer’s Bank
    Bluegrass Drug Center

  • State programs aimed at Kentucky’s reforestation

    There is a saying that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, and the second best time is now.
    Earlier this spring, state leaders joined with local Scouting organizations and utility companies to begin bringing that saying to life, and to do it in a way no other state has ever attempted. Their long-term goal, known as “Kentucky’s 20/20 Vision for Reforestation,” is to plant 20 million seedlings over the next 20 years.

  • Having healthy adrenal function

    Do you ever feel like you are on your last nerve and dragging through your daily activities with low energy? You may have stages of adrenal exhaustion. Weakened adrenals effect hormones since the adrenals are involved in balancing the hormones. Men and women need a regulated amount of estrogen and a balance of estrogen and progesterone. Most of the estrogen is produced by the ovaries before menopause and later by the adrenals, so healthy adrenal function is especially needed to keep the hormones regulated in older women.