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Columns

  • Managing diabetes: It's not easy, but it's worth it

    If you have diabetes, you know the day-to-day steps needed to manage diabetes can be hard. Diabetes can lead to serious health problems, such as blindness, loss of limb, kidney failure, heart disease and early death.

    Managing diabetes can be easier if you set goals and make a plan.

  • Raiding school funds is sorry politics

    With apologies to Henny Youngman, "Take my politicians - please!"

    To balance the state budget, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and his sidekick, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, before being bailed out with federal stimulus funds, were convinced that slots at racetracks would save not only our budget woes, but would rescue the horse racing industry, too.

  • The Great Outdoors: Tree lovers should explore the state seedling program

    Late last winter, a large white bag arrived on the front doorstep of my friend's home. For weeks, the two of us had waited for the slightly muddied bag to appear, and when it did show up we were quite impressed.

    Months before, my buddy had caught wind of a seedling program offered by our own Kentucky Division of Forestry, and the bag contained what was soon to become a windbreak and privacy screen for his new home's backyard.

  • This week, a little about a lot

    As I watched the stoplight turn from green to yellow, then red - for the fourth time - I started to wonder about those people who design intersections.

    I was sitting at an exit at the center of Green River Plaza one afternoon last week. It was after work and I was making a quick stop before heading home.

    My vehicle was sixth in line at the light to cross KY 210. I planned to drive straight across and on to the bypass. However, everyone in front of me wanted to turn left.

  • A learning experience

    A man by the name of Tom Bodett once said, "The difference between school and life? In school you are taught a lesson then given a test. In life, you are given a test and then taught a lesson."

    My experience as an intern at the Central Kentucky News-Journal has certainly been a test for me. It has been a test of character and one that has shown me what I am truly capable of.

    It has imprinted into my memory the idea that I can do whatever it is I set my mind to do. I have learned that hard work and dedication are key to making any experience successful.

  • Distracted driving is deadly driving

    "I took my eyes off the road for only a second - and then, it happened."

    Distracted driving is a common occurrence. More than 53,000 distracted driving-related crashes occurred last year in Kentucky, resulting in more than 15,000 injuries and 199 fatalities.

    To address this problem, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety recently kicked-off a "Distracted Driving is Deadly Driving" campaign aimed at changing driver behavior. The campaign ties in perfectly with the nationwide effort to reduce distracted driving crashes.

  • Homecoming memories

    I love this time of year. The fall mornings and evenings are cool, giving me hope that winter is on its way.

    Fall is a time for children to play in the leaves, enjoy a last few warm days and then begrudgingly drag out long-sleeved clothing.

    It's also a time for homecoming, whether it's a family reunion, church revival or something of a larger scale such as Campbellsville University's annual homecoming festivities.

  • So many questions ...

    How do they do that? I asked myself that question several dozen times while covering the Golden Dragon Acrobats on Oct. 8.

    Those of you who missed the performance, which kicked off the new Central Kentucky Arts Series of shows, you really missed something spectacular.

  • Legislation banning texting while driving is needed

    It was a heck of a way to start the day.

    Driving to work one morning a few months ago, I spotted a car ahead of me on Coakley Street. The car was on my side of the road, yet it was driving in the opposite direction.

    There was enough distance between us that a head-on collision was not imminent. So, I began to flash my headlights and honk my horn. The driver didn't notice.

  • Take time to give thanks

    Another year is quickly coming to a close. Hard to believe, isn't it?

    We have Halloween in just a few weeks, then a few short weeks later it will be Thanksgiving, followed closely by the madness of the Christmas shopping season, then Christmas itself, New Year's ... and then it will be 2010.

    Ever get that feeling that if you blink, you'll miss something important?

    While these next few months will be busy, we've got to slow down enough to take stock of our lives. Not just what we need or want, but also to acknowledge what we've already got.