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Columns

  • Vital investment made for state’s foster children

    During the 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the Children’s Alliance urged Kentucky lawmakers to take action and make the thousands of foster children who have been placed in the state’s custody a budget priority.

    We at Home of the Innocents are celebrating the fact that those who represent us in Frankfort have responded.

  • Government provides underpinning for innovation

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

    People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud declines like that. I understand why: There are many reasons to reduce government spending.

    ut in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the government’s investment in R&D, not slash it.

    Let’s begin with the federal government’s record, which is nothing short of impressive.

  • Renewing the argument for a statewide smoke-free law

    By Shawn Jones

    What will it take to reverse generations of damage from chronic exposure to secondhand smoke? For many years, Kentucky has had the dubious distinction of leading the nation in early death and disease from breathing in toxic tobacco smoke both voluntarily and involuntarily.

    I see the tragic results of our collective inaction in my practice as a physician every day. As a society we must act to address this issue, and we must do so for three reasons.

  • Never outgrow the extraordinary story of Easter

    Years ago when our son, Dave Jr., was about 7 or 8 years old, he awoke early one Easter morning before anyone but I was awake. He immediately began singing the chorus of the Don Francisco song, “He’s Alive.”

    “He's alive yes He's alive/Yes He's alive and I'm forgiven,” Dave sang as he hopped out of bed.

    At first, before I could understand what he was singing, I thought something was wrong. Maybe he was having a bad dream or was sick and crying for help.

    Nothing was wrong. In fact, everything was right.

  • Email promotion is not always what it appears

    Scammers always are looking for new opportunities to scam people out of their personal information. In one of the latest scams, fake emails are going out, targeting Netflix subscribers.

  • Dreams can fuel community development, growth

    Being around people with ideas and passion can be invigorating. Election campaigns bring those people together.
    Thanks to an invitation from the local NAACP chapter, I spent a rainy Thursday night inside Colvin Community Center listening as three candidates for Hardin County magistrate in District 1 and 10 of the 19 Radcliff City Council candidates discussed the unseen future.

  • Don't worry: Sing happy

    “The sun is finally out, the weather is warming up, I’m definitely heading home and putting on my Beach Boy records,” a friend once told me one bright, spring day, back when people still played records.

    I now know why she was thinking about those good vibrations: We tend to invoke music that parallels the circumstances of our lives.

  • Spending a few nights amid local politicians

    When you say you enjoy politics, expect a bewildered look from those around you.

    It’s akin to admitting you dislike basketball, think motherhood is overrated or want to spend spring break cleaning gum from the underside of school desks.

    (None of those three apply to me, by the way.)

  • Is nothing sacred? Scams target March Madness

    With local teams making it into the NCAA Tournament, basketball fever is on the rise. BBB is warning basketball fans to be careful when buying tickets, travel deals and memorabilia.

    Major sporting events always inspire scammers to take advantage of fans with fake items, bogus tickets and too-good-to-be-true travel deals.

  • Retail Federation challenges proposed 1 percent local tax

    The Kentucky House of Representatives is considering HB 399 to allow local governments to impose up to a 1 percent local sales tax. The Kentucky Retail Federation has serious concerns about the proposal’s impact on Kentucky’s businesses and consumers as well as the commonwealth itself.