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Columns

  • Does your stuff own you?

    By Melissa Martin

    Humans love stuff—all kinds of stuff. Small, medium, large. We love different sizes of stuff. We just love our stuff!

    But, do you own your possessions or do your possessions own you? Think about it.

    Our houses, garages, attics, basements, and sheds are full of stuff. Then, we rent storage space for the rest of our stuff. And we visit it, to make sure its safe. We don’t want our items stolen, so we buy special locks.

  • Growing Kentucky’s economy with hemp

    For far too long, the federal government has prevented most farmers from growing hemp. Although it was a foundational part of Kentucky’s heritage and today you can buy products made with hemp at stores across the country, most farmers have been barred from planting it in their fields. I have heard from many Kentucky farmers who agree it’s time to remove the federal hurdles in place and give our state the opportunity to seize its full potential and once again become the national leader for hemp production.

  • April is the month to celebrate libraries

    By Melissa Martin

    April is a month to make merry! Show your appreciation for libraries.

    School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians Association (a division of the American Library Association-ALA) celebration of school librarians and their programs. The 2018 theme is Making Connections at Your School Library and the official hashtag is #AASLslm.

  • Both parties scheme to soak taxpayers

    By the time many read this column, we’ll know whether the Republican-dominated legislature overturned Gov. Bevin’s vetoes of its budget – which proposed spending $600 million more than the governor’s plan – and a mammoth tax increase to fund it.

  • An open letter to Kentucky parents

    By Hal Heiner

    Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

    Dear Kentucky parent:

  • Gloria’s appreciative ode to her readers

    Mail time has always been a highlight at our house. When Daddy comes home from work at 3:30 he stops at the mailbox to bring in the mail. A common question after greeting him at the door is, “Did anything good come in the mail today?”

    As you can imagine, Julia and Austin are right there to help open envelopes. Julia is at the age where she’s not fond of opening only another credit card offer or advertisement, she likes opening “good mail.”

  • Casey students getting free books, Earth Day coming

    By Debbie Shepherd

    CEA Family and Consumer Sciences

    Books for Casey Co. Kids

    Casey County Extension Homemakers do numerous community service projects. One of these projects is Project Casey County READ. We have a really high illiteracy rate in Casey County. Sadly many of our children begin their educational years never having had a book read to them, let alone owning a book of their very own. We are going to tackle this need in our community!

  • Kentucky’s children are winners in the new state budget

    By Dr. Terry Brooks

    Kentucky Youth Advocates

    In the best of times, crafting a budget is a complicated and difficult challenge. In these times of fiscal constraints, growing needs, and a less than certain economic future, crafting a budget is about making the toughest of decisions.

    As we think about the proposed budget and Kentucky’s kids, and given the tight budget constraints, it is important to highlight the wins.

  • What can we do to prevent school shootings?

    By Melissa Martin

    The same questions are asked after each mass shooting on American soil. Shock. Panic. Horror. We struggle with strife and strain to search for answers to keep our children and citizens safe from mass shooters. Fear that it will happen again, catapults us to grasp at methods and means to prevent carnages of bloodshed—incomprehensible atrocities to civilization.

  • I stand for teachers

    By Joberta Wells 

    If you haven’t been following the news about our teachers’ standing up to the governor and legislators in recent weeks, you have been in a coma or on Mars!

    How would you like it if you were told that the promises made about the pension you would get after years of teaching were not going to be honored? You’d be angry and so are the teachers.