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Opinion

  • Today’s children are spending more than four hours a day watching TV and playing video games.  They eat more unhealthy foods that come in larger portion sizes and are less physically active than children of the previous generation, resulting in more health problems and a shorter lifespan than their parents. These children are often overweight or at-risk for becoming overweight, and in danger of experiencing serious health concerns, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and sleep apnea.

  • For hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians and out-of-state visitors, there is no place quite like the commonwealth when it comes to hunting, fishing or just experiencing all that nature has to offer.

    In a given year, more than 550,000 people fish, 347,000 hunt and another two million either boat on our rivers and lakes or observe our wildlife.  Not surprisingly, these outdoor activities are a major driver of our economy, with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources estimating the annual impact at nearly $6 billion.

  • When I met John I was working at Howie’s in New Haven. I was 17 years old recently graduated from high school and had my mind set on working as much as I could while I figured out exactly what I was going to do with my life.

  • I traveled to Rockcastle County last Wednesday and Thursday to be a pallbearer in the funeral of my great-uncle, Paul Ponder.

    I understand that a lot of people think that the average person is not close to a great-uncle, but that is not the case at all in my family as we are all close and we all get together often throughout the year.

    A lot of people shared their thoughts of what they remembered about my Uncle Paul. I have all kinds of stories too, but there was one particular story that immediately came to my mind.

  • Sharing passwords is a bad idea between family and friends, but sharing passwords at the office can be absolutely catastrophic.

    For example, I performed a security audit some years ago for a large construction goods company where they suspected their head of technology was defrauding the company. A serious charge and their outside accountant brought me in to review the technology for anything their accounting forensic people had missed.

  • On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11.

    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.  It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • That headline makes you think about politics, doesn’t it? Sorry to disappoint, it isn’t politics this time. Robbing future generations is referring to people who rob the rest of us and posterity of valuable information and history. These people literally tear the pages out of history, or from what I’ve seen, carefully cut around the picture and caption they choose. Even more brazen, they walk right out the door with the entire book.

  • Question:

    One concerned reader recently came in the office asking about how often the recently installed chimes go off at the LaRue County Courthouse. Instead of going off every half-hour, they are wondering if it can go off at noon and six p.m.

    Answer:

  • You may have heard of the recently popular term adulting. Add a hashtag to that and you have an internet sensation: #adulting.

  • Rain. It’s a strange thing. It is certainly needed to grow the crops that keep us fed. It’s needed to keep the lakes and rivers supplied with the water that we need to drink. But sometimes there’s more rain than one area needs like the folks in Louisiana. We’ve had our share of floods too, thank goodness we’re not in that bad of shape!

  • I went to the Reba McEntire concert at Freedom Hall in Louisville last Thursday.

    I really enjoyed the concert.

    Reba has a distinctive voice and it is amazing how it hasn’t changed throughout the years. However, after going to the concert, I realize I have a problem that makes me not enjoy the concert like I should. The problem is not what you think. It’s not because I think the music is too loud or I had a bad experience. Instead, it’s because concerts make me feel old.

  • I have been called into a number of businesses where the computer technician had left and no one knew the Windows password when it came time to update a program. This is a scary, and potentially costly experience for a small business owner. I suggest you follow these procedures before that crisis occurs, and make sure you create a password-reset disk to have on hand.

  • The Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood wants parents to know the importance of developing fine and gross motor skills in children so they are ready for school or life tasks. From the first time your baby holds up his head, to the first time she takes her first step, each new skill becomes a celebrated milestone. These skills will allow your child to do common kindergarten work like cutting with scissors or learning to write.

  • For my article this month, I had thought of looking up another intriguing quote about reading or books. And it occurred to me that this can become a dull way to express my own enthusiasm for my job and my library. These are a couple of my own ideas that express some of what reading a book can be like:

    Reading a book is an adventure in traveling to unknown lands, meeting friends, through the pages of a book, that I will never meet face-to-face.

  • Head lice infest 10-12 million people (most commonly children three to twelve years of age) each year in the United States. Head lice are primarily transferred from person to person by direct head-to-head contact or by several people using the same combs, brushes, hats, costumes, head-phones, athletic equipment, towels, or bedding.

  • By State Rep. Terry Mills

    Kentucky received some welcome news last month when a national study found that no state had a smaller gap when comparing the high school graduation rates of students from low- and higher-income families.

    The average gap across the country stands at 15 percent, but it’s just one percent here in the commonwealth.  In fact, our low-income students graduate at a higher rate than the overall national average, something only five other states can say.

  • It’s still a while down the road, but the year 2033 will be a pivotal one for our country, because that’s when U.S. Census Bureau projects there will be more citizens over the age of 65 than under the age of 18.

  • A lot of people have been complaining about the news coverage of both the Republican National Convention and the Democrat National Convention.

    I have heard a lot of Republicans complaining about MSNBC’s coverage of the RNC, stating MSNBC reporters have Democrat biases. On the flip side, I have heard a lot of Democrats complaining about Fox News’ coverage on the DNC, stating Fox News reporters had Republican biases.