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Dispelling state myths

FRANKFORT — Kentucky has always been a place of myth: “The Land of Tomorrow,” or the “Dark and Bloody Ground.” The state that joined the losing side after the Civil War, and adopted the myth that slavery had been a genteel institution — and a state song that disproves the myth if you study the words, which few do. The home of bourbon, basketball, horses and a colonel’s fried chicken.

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The thankful games

My husband Terry and I took a road trip to the Oregon coast for our anniversary a couple of years ago and while he was driving I suggested we play a game.“Is this gonna be some lady’s magazine deal?” he asked with a sense of apprehension.“No, I’ve been reading Deborah Norvel’s book on the power of thankfulness.”“So Deborah told you to do this?”“Nope, I thought this game up all by myself....

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 1, 1964, the Free Speech Movement began at the University of California, Berkeley, as students spontaneously protested the arrest of Berkeley alumnus Jack Weinberg, who’d refused to identify himself to campus police as he sat behind a table promoting the Congress of Racia...

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By Rep. Rita Smart Contributing Columnist

No child should have to fear attending school because of physical or verbal abuse by his or her classmates. But in reality, there were 15,520 incidents of bullying in our schools just in this past school year.It is heartbreaking and unacceptable that this is occurring in our commonwealth, and it should outrage every one of us, especially educators, parents and school board members whose primary responsibilities are to teach, protect and nurture our children.

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Residual force for Afghanistan

Despite its imperfections, including a veil of secrecy over vote tallies for each candidate, the power-sharing deal reached after five months of bitter arm-wrestling over Afghanistan’s presidential election offers hope of an end to the country’s debilitating political stalemate.Former finance minister and World Bank official Ashraf Ghani has been declared the next president and his rival, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, has been given the new post of chief ex...

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Wait to give kids money

I see people make the same mistakes over and over. This is particularly true when watching people handle money for children.A number of children inherit money or receive money from an injury or other type of settlement. These children will often have a larger net worth than their parents.This imbalance of wealth can cause family pressures. I’ve seen children try to use their wealth to belittle their poorer parents. I’ve seen parents succumb to temptation and ...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 30, 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, was commissioned by the U.S. Navy.On this date:In 1399, England’s King Richard II was deposed by Parliament; he was succeeded by his cousin, Henry of Bolingbro...

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We must extend the CHIP

From the beginning of my career in public service, I’ve always cared deeply about helping our children. When I arrived in Emmons, W.Va. as a VISTA worker, there were countless children in the community who’d never seen a doctor or a dentist. Their family just couldn’t afford it. To get them the care they needed, I packed my Jeep with kids and drove them to their first dental appointment at a clinic in Charleston.That experience, like so many of my memories from Em...

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Put fall leaves to good use

According to the calendar, fall is officially here therefore the leaves will begin to fall very soon. One way to put those leaves to a good use is by composting. Composting is an environmentally beneficial process to dispose of leaves and other yard wastes this fall.When you compost leaves, and other yard debris, a microbial process converts these items into a more usable organic amendment. You can use finished compost to improve soil structure in gardens and landscape beds. Compos...

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Grimes’ ad a smokescreen for gun stance

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has done everything in her power in this race to distance herself from President Barack Obama.She has tried to persuade voters across this state she’s not his candidate, but make no mistake about it - she is his candidate and would be a rubber stamp for him and his agenda if elected in November.In a new TV ad, Grimes is shown shooting clay pigeons and in the course of the adver...

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Enjoy benefits of harvest all year

I grew it, over the last nine weeks, and picked over 100 ears of bodacious sweet corn late last Sunday evening. Loretta worked it up and put about 3 gallons in the freezer. Over the last 25 years we have come to believe that it tastes as good for Christmas and Easter dinners as it did when it came out of the garden.Normally I grow the main crop for harvest in July, but last year we discovered that it grows much faster if you plant it about the same time as the first crop is coming ...

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Climate marches promote moral travesty

Climate change activists are unwittingly supporting one of the greatest moral travesties of our time: The valuing of people yet to be born more than those suffering today.Rather than focus on helping vulnerable people adapt to real climate change in the present, activists concentrate on mitigation, trying to avert hypothetical events that may, or may not, someday happen.

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Why all the recovery stories?

I am aware that some readers tire of my stories about persons who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. There are many out there in recovery and many still active in their addictions. My intent is not to coax, threaten or shame persons who are active in their addictions to get clean and sober: It’s to give encouragement to those in recovery, to let them know that others, like them, have chosen sanity over misery and eventual death.

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2014. There are 95 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Sept. 27, 1964, the government publicly released the report of the Warren Commission, which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy.On this date:In 1540, Pope Paul III issued a papal bull est...

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Let your voice SOAR into the future

Eastern Kentucky is an amazingly beautiful place to live, work, raise a family, and have fun.It should not, and does not have to, take a back seat to any other place in this country or the world.For the past few hundred years coal has been the lifeblood of the region. Were it not for coal there would not have been the boom of decades past which brought prosperity and growth.However, no one area can sustain itself forever on one industry. Resources dwindle over...

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Columns

The thankful games

My husband Terry and I took a road trip to the Oregon...

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Editorials

State helps ark park defy science

When Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” was...

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Letters

Letter to the Editor

This being the Fourth of July, I felt led to share my...

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