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Today's Opinions

  • Auto bailout needs to be tough

    Bailout. I used to equate this with the penal system - as in bail someone out of jail.

    Lately, bailout has taken on a new meaning - as in bail out companies and businesses whose poor decisions put them in dire financial straits.

    First, the U.S. Congress bailed out the nation's financial markets to the tune of $700 billion.

    While this plan initially left me scratching my head, I began to see the wisdom after a few local experts put it into layman's terms for me.

  • We need innovation for our children

    Children ... they are not little adults; however, they are slowly becoming the same size as adults and acquiring the same diseases as adults, even though they may be just 10 years old.

    I am a pediatrician who not infrequently sees 10-year-old children weighing 200 pounds and who already have the metabolic syndrome, a pre-diabetic condition that confers the same risks for developing premature heart disease as diabetes itself.

  • Girl Scout cookies on their way

    Soon you will see a flurry of local Girl Scouts out and about participating in the annual cookie program. But did you know that by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies you are investing in your future?

    A recent study showed that nearly two-thirds of girls don't aspire to be leaders because they don't identify with the traditional definition of leadership - possessing power and control. They want leadership to be defined as using one's time and talents to make a difference in the world, and they're currently not seeing any example of that in modern society.

  • This holiday season, remember the importance of drug labels

    These days, getting the entire family around the same table is a rarity. That's why the holiday season is a perfect time to sit down with loved ones and talk about the many issues that too often go ignored.

    One issue that's worthy of discussion? The importance of reading drug labels.

    Americans today have access to more cutting-edge pharmaceuticals than ever before. But medicines carry risks. Failing to pay attention to a drug's label - by taking more than the recommended dosage or mixing with the wrong medicines - can lead to serious side effects.

  • Nationwide slump hits home

    Well, it appears that the worst has begun to trickle down.

    Last week, the national news reported that our nation is now "officially" in a recession - and has been since last year. While that's not news to most of us, we really haven't felt it too sharply on a local basis.

    Yes, the high gas prices over the past year have affected us deeply. But we cut back and made adjustments in our budgets, and in past weeks the prices have finally fallen.

  • What is Christmas?

    It's that time of year again. Shopping malls and department stores fill with bustling shoppers ready to cash in half their annual salaries.

    Husbands go out and hang enough lights and decorations to make even Clark Griswold jealous. Parents get to threaten kids with the absence of Santa if they don't behave. Overpriced poinsettias are the top floral arrangements, and the movie "A Christmas Story" is played 24/7 until February.

    Yes, it's time for Christmas.

  • Family is part of something bigger

    It was like attending a live taping of "Jon and Kate Plus 8."

    The only differences were that the children were several years older and mine was the only camera around.

    The similarities, though, included echoing laughter, lots and lots of smiles and a heartwarming sense of caring and love.

    A few weeks ago, I interviewed Fred and Donna Sheridan, the parents of nine adopted children. Nine.

  • Taylor County is fortunate

    Here it is Christmas time ... and yet another Virginia feels compelled to write a Christmas letter to the editor. Unlike the Virginia before me, however, I have absolutely no doubts or questions about Santa. Quite the contrary - I simply want to take this special Christmas season to remind Central Kentucky residents how remarkably fortunate you are to have Taylor Regional Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center serving our communities.