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Columns

  • YMCA offers summer swimming safety advice

    BY Beth Kempf

    Oldham County Family YMCA Aquatics Director

    Sometime this summer, almost everyone in this community will be in or near the water, and most people will have a safe and healthy time.

    Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity needed for a healthy life. Just two and a half hours of swimming or water aerobics a week can provide basic fitness. Water-based physical activity also improves adults’ ability to carry out everyday activities.

  • Returning from a year down under

    Today’s the day! Our daughter Abby is returning from a year in Australia! I don’t think I’ve been this excited about an impending arrival since 1982, when my school was chosen to be Chattanooga’s official welcoming committee for Nancy Reagan.

  • Obama’s war on coal devastating to Kentucky

    By U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

    Kentuckians know by now that President Obama has declared a War on Coal. That’s clear from the 7,000 coal jobs that have been lost since 2009 when this president took office. Eastern Kentucky alone has already seen a three-percent loss in coal jobs in the first quarter of 2014.

  • Strengthening government committment to care for veterans

    By Alison Lundergan Grimes, candidate for U.S. Senate

    Our military heroes make the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom and we owe so much to every veteran who has worn our nation’s uniform.

    Like all Kentuckians, I am horrified by reports of deadly neglect of patients at hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Although a full investigation is still in progress, it is apparent that at least several dozen former service personnel died while awaiting treatment at VA facilities.

    This situation is intolerable.

  • Honor Flights a small way to give back to veterans who risked everything

    If you were watching the local news at all on last Friday, you saw news accounts of the Honor Flight leaving and returning. You probably didn’t think much about what was going on, but I’m going to try and explain how important these flights are.

  • Earley: Human love is imperfect

    We learn about love in the family first, and that is not always a good thing. I found these notes from an anonymous mother in Austin, Texas. No information is given what kind of loving response she gave her children as they were experimenting their way through life. She simply lists these as, “Things I’ve learned from my children.”

  • Tell me your story

    When I was hired as the newest reporter for The Oldham Era, I knew that there was a certain reputation I would have to live up to; reputation of honesty and trust within this community.

    This newspaper is not only award-winning, it is also tradition in this community. I may not be from here but I do know that with tradition comes trust. And I’m hoping to help maintain your trust in our newspaper.

  • Scholarship organization a good thing for kids

    Kids today! Right?

    It seems like every day we hear of young people who, to put it lightly, aren’t making good choices. They run the gamut from pure laziness and lack of empathy to drugs and violence.

    That’s why events like last Tuesday’s Oldham County Community Scholarship Awards Ceremony are so refreshing. It was the first time I had been involved with the program, and I must say it was an absolute pleasure for several reasons.

  • As Grandma Whipple always said

    Every cloud has a silver lining. My great-grandma Whipple frequently expressed this sentiment. The first time I remember hearing it, I was sitting on the floor of her formal living room, enjoying a lollipop, because great-grandkids are allowed to do that sort of thing. And because she owned a candy shop.

  • Earley: Angels doing God’s work

    Diane Harrington, of Milwaukee, Ore., had just lost her job. Money would be very tight for awhile. When she returned to the copy store she was so relieved that an honest clerk had set her wallet under the counter with all her money in it. She left the store only to find her car missing. No one had seen it stolen. While she was on the phone with the police a couple hurried into the store, with big smiles they declared, “Your car is not stolen. Come out and see this.”