• Obama Administration needs to confront Canada on burley tobacco ban

    The Canadian government has enacted a law that could endanger the entire burley tobacco industry. U.S. tobacco growers need President Obama and the Office of the United States Trade Representative to ensure that the Canadians honor their trade obligations and that other countries do not follow Canada's lead in banning American blend cigarettes.

  • National Mall - Story of Veterans, Story of Freedom

    The National Mall in Washington, D.C. receives 24 million visitors from all over the world who come to view the monuments that represent America's history.

    If you visit the mall, you will see the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the most recently completed World War II Memorial.

    The ideals and freedoms that our service men and women fought for are expressed in each monument.

  • 'Dracula' was a bloody good time

    It was a bloody good time. I went to see "Dracula" performed at Actors Theatre in Louisville two weekends ago. The play was full of everything I expected - blood, scary looking vampires, fog, plenty of suspense and a live rat.

    OK, I didn't expect the rat ... especially when it opened its box on its own and attempted to crawl out into the audience. I have to say, the actor playing the character in charge of the rat handled the situation well by nonchalantly going over to the box and firmly closing its lid.

  • The role of immunization

    Immunization is the single most important method in the eradication of a disease, providing the majority of susceptible individuals get vaccinated, a concept called "herd immunity."

  • Give the Bookmarks a try

    If you haven't joined the CKNJ Bookmarks reading group yet, you're missing something.

    Our most recent meeting was Sunday at the Extension Office. We discussed the group's most recent book choice, "Riding Lessons," by Sara Gruen. Gruen was also the author of "Water for Elephants," an earlier choice of the group.

    What was so neat at Sunday's discussion was the different opinions.

  • 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.