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Today's Opinions

  • Fallback plan

    Autumn has always been my favorite season; for me, the best part of fall in Kentucky is that it’s not summer. Nothing against sunshine, but I really love wearing sweaters and all the things this season brings like football and hot tea, glowing pumpkins and long runs through crunchy leaves.

    Another great part of autumn is the onset of the holidays and after Halloween here, I’m excited for more. Louisville had the most amazing Jack O’ Lanterns and Hodgenville had some fantastic costumes. (Check out the winners and pictures on page 22A and 23A, by the way.)

  • Help all ages avoid social isolation

    Just as we need food and water to survive, we also need meaningful social relationships and connections.

    While it is okay to feel lonely and to be alone at times, chronic loneliness can cause serious health concerns. Loneliness, if not addressed, can lead to social isolation, physical and mental decline and depression.

  • He knows what you need

    Last week was a stressful week, so I went to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park last Wednesday on my lunch break to relax and unwind. It was nice and I love going there when I can.

    However, when I went to start my car and go back to work, it wouldn’t start. I just sat there for a few minutes before I even tried to call someone for help, just hoping that a miracle would happen and it would start, but no miracles for me.

  • OP-ED: Kentucky Pension Plan Keeps Promises

    It’s no secret that Kentucky’s pension systems have been on a crash course for quite some time. Last November, we made a promise to Kentuckians to change the course of the Commonwealth, and with the collaboration of the Kentucky House, Governor Bevin, and the Kentucky Senate, that promise is fulfilled for current retirees and employees, and generations to come with the release of a plan to fix public pensions and ensure benefit obligations in the future.

  • Weighing in on sleep

    How do you know when your body has had enough rest?  According to the sleep guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) the average adult, from the ages of 24–64, should get about 7–9 hours of sleep every night. 

    Although there is no perfect amount of sleep for everyone, it would be wise to pay attention to how much sleep you get and how you feel.  If after only 7 hours of sleep you feel refreshed, it may be enough.  If after 7 hours you feel groggy or your body is sluggish, you may need more than just 7 hours. 

  • Getting Older

    I went to my ten year high school class reunion on Friday, September 29.

    We had almost 200 people in our graduating class and around 25 of us attended our ten year reunion. With our spouses included, we had almost 40 people there.

    I found myself reminiscing before the reunion about all the memories of high school. We had a lot of fun and we talked about a lot of those memories while we were at the reunion.

  • Lessons from Lincoln Days

    Lincoln Days has come and gone, and whew— what a weekend! Quilt show, art show, all the contests and entertainment— for a “small town festival” there’s so much to see. As a first timer, I attempted to see it all and didn’t even come close.

    Walking down Lincoln Boulevard, past the booths and open mic area, I looked around at the hundreds of people and wondered “What would Abraham Lincoln think about all this?”

    So I decided to ask him—although it took a few tries.

  • Foods in the freezer, is it safe to eat

    With frozen foods, sometimes it’s more a question of quality than safety.  Food and Health Communications reminds us, when it comes to freezer burn, the problem is more of a quality issue.  While safe to eat, the quality of freezer burned food may be poor.

    The safety of food in a freezer is always based on if the freezer has been kept at zero degrees or below. If there has been a power outage and/or the food has reached a temperature over 40 degrees at any time while in the freezer, the safety of the food may be in question.