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Today's Opinions

  • When thunder roars, go indoors

    DeAnn Cross

    Lake Cumberland District Health Department

    Lightning kills over 50 people in the U.S. each year. But deaths are only part of the lightning story. Only about 10 percent of those struck are killed; 90 percent survive. However, many of the survivors suffer devastating life-long injuries. These injuries are primarily neurological, with a wide range of symptoms, and are very difficult to diagnose. Lightning also causes over $5 billion of economic loss each year in the U.S. from fires and other property destruction.

  • ‘Exuberance!’ soars above Kentucky Children’s Hospital

    University of Kentucky

    When you enter the new lobby of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH), located within UK HealthCare’s Chandler Hospital, the first thing you notice is a group of massive, colorful kites that seem to soar below the lobby’s skylight.

    The kites are sculptures by artists Erika Strecker and John Medwedeff, commissioned by UK HealthCare to not only be a public art piece, but to help “provide a healing environment enhanced by artistic expressions.”

  • Eyes wide shut and hamburger helper

    By David Pickhardt

  • Knowns and unknowns of education spending

    By Jim Waters 

    Promises to “properly fund education” remain political staples on campaign trails.

    My pro-bono advice for office seekers wanting to distinguish themselves from campaign-by-rote competitors who limit their education-policy message to “more money” would be to ask the following question rarely seen in those glossy environmentally-challenged campaign mailers that cost tons but offer little substance: What’s happening with Kentucky’s current education dollars?

  • Forging a strong Farm Bill

    By James Comer 

  • Join our fight against modern-day slavery

    By Andy Beshear 

    Victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless.

    Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world and sadly, our Kentucky communities are not immune.

  • Hepatitis: Are you at risk?

    By Christine Weyman, MD, PhD, FAAP

    Lake Cumberland District Health Department

  • Farewell to our friend, Woody

    By Joberta Wells 

    Thirty-eight years ago a young man in a big brown UPS truck started delivering packages to Casey County. His name was William Hazelwood but everybody soon came to know him as Woody.