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Columns

  • Learning lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic

    By Stuart W. Sanders

    Kentucky Historical Society

    One afternoon in May 1918, my 12-year-old grandfather was walking home from school in Louisville when he encountered a man from his neighborhod.

    Run home fast, the man said, your father’s dead.

    With this abrupt message, my grandfather sprinted home, tears streaming down his face. His father had died from “edema of the lungs,” which was brought about by complications from influenza.

  • Ways to extend winter hay supplies

    By David Kessler

    Marion Co. Agricultural & Natural Resources Agent

    Over the past week or so I have heard a few farmers saying they are concerned about whether their hay supplies will last through the winter. I don’t think this is a widespread problem, but if you find yourself in a tight supply situation you can do a number of things to extend your hay supply.

  • Patience, honey, and whole wheat bread

    By Gloria Yoder


  • Where is my Oreo?

    Oh, please! Don’t you even know what an original Oreo cookie is? You must be under 25 because the original is about 100 years old. So am I! I want my Oreos!

  • Hit federal drug program’s PAUSE button

    The 340B program was created by Congress in 1992 to provide life-saving medicine to poor and uninsured Americans by forcing pharmaceutical manufacturers wanting their drugs covered by Medicaid and Medicare to sell them at discounted rates of up to 50 percent to hospitals willing to serve vulnerable patients.

    However, Washington has failed to provide needed oversight to ensure that facilities signing up for 340B are, in fact, serving the poor and investing reimbursed funds – per lawmakers’ intent – into charitable care.

  • Education becoming the focus

    As the 2018 session moves into February, key House priorities are moving through the legislative process, and we recently passed multiple bills to enhance the quality of education in Kentucky.

  • Several bills passed last week in Legislature

    This week was the busiest yet in Frankfort with a number of bills moving through committees and onto the Senate and House floors for votes. We were also visited by a number of statewide advocacy groups that championed their great causes and rallied in the Capitol Rotunda. Between visiting constituents, committee meetings, and voting on the Senate floor, we continued to discuss the upcoming budget.

  • Reforming Medicaid, tweaking elections and overcoming evil

    Past expanded government programs, present evil and future gubernatorial elections highlight this first 2018 edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters.”
    Liberty Boosters: President Trump for allowing states waivers to create work requirements for able-bodied adults added to Medicaid as part of Obamacare, and Gov. Matt Bevin for ensuring Kentucky was first in line for approval.
    Progressives are taking legal action, claiming such requirements weren’t part of the 1965 law creating Medicaid.

  • The free market can’t fix budget

    By Rep. Jim Wayne

     

    One of my favorite spots in Kentucky is on top of a steep knob overlooking the Rolling Fork River valley in Marion County. The reward of a strenuous hike to this peak is sitting on a limestone outcropping on a clear winter day seeing the log home of my great great grandparents, the wide river valley pasture below, spotted with Angus cows and, beyond the river, the forests and fields of Casey County. This spot is a place of inspiration and imagination.

  • Local SBDM councils empower local schools

    By Ronda Harmon

    Kentucky Association of School Councils

    The hard-working principals, teachers, and parents who come together to lead our schools have grown accustomed to being asked to produce improved results with limited resources.

    This year, however, that more-with-less challenge looks to be more daunting than ever. It’s going to take everyone in the school and district community doing their part to address drastic state budget cuts.