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Small steps in the right direction on the nation’s opioid crisis have helped life expectancy improve slightly for the first time in nearly three decades.

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If you’re reading this sentence, you’ve already invested more effort into your understanding of the world around you than most other people. By reading beyond the headline, you’ve made a conscious choice to better yourself through reading, to not take your assumptions for granted, to conside…

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Though it can’t be seen, heard or smelled, carbon monoxide poisoning — which is more prevalent during cold weather due to gas- and oil-burning furnaces and portable generators — can be deadly. But, it can also be prevented, according to the state Department of Health, which is urging Kentuck…

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Right before former Gov. Matt Bevin left office in early December, he issued a number of controversial pardons that rightfully caused a lot of concern.

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A bill that would outlaw female genital mutilation in Kentucky is moving forward speedily during this year’s legislative session. We hope it continues on the fast track and becomes law as quickly as possible.

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It’s not a bad time to be a Kentucky sports fan. Kentucky basketball remains a title contender every year, and the football program looks like it’s here to stay. Last season, both were staples in the Top 25 rankings, a pretty good indication of their quality.

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For decades, Oak Grove has been the red-headed stepchild of Christian County. Mama Fort Campbell always let some of her soldiers stay with Oak Grove, but that was little enough, and she was busy making doe-eyes at Clarksville. Papa Christian County loved her, sure, but not as much as he love…

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Don’t call ICE to deport me, but the name you see at the bottom of this column isn’t my real one. Yes, it was the name I was given at birth, but something happened around the time I turned 7 years old that, to some people, changed it forever.

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Is it possible to not realize your own happiness? Or, when looking back, do you see it only because of nostalgia, wrapped up in the lie of “the good old days”?

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I never asked why my paternal grandparents decided to move to western Kentucky. Maybe I just assumed. In the mid-20th century, they were the definition of hillbillies — dirt-poor folk out of Harlan County with a mess of kids and all the strange dialect and mannerisms of Appalachia.

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Eighteen members of the Kentucky American Legion Family: American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion attended the 59th Annual Washington Conference at our Nation's Capitol from Feb. 24 to 27.

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Arguably the biggest local news this week was generated by a newspaper company. The Kentucky New Era Media Group, which owned this newspaper and others, was sold off to Paxton Media Group, another family-owned paperin’ business headquartered in Paducah.

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The old saying — attributed to everything ranging from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s works to self-help books to Hallmark cards — is that life should be appreciated for the journey rather than the destination.

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Success breeds imitation. Imitation makes convention. Convention is the sire of tradition. Unfortunately, tradition spawns purists.

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I don’t know why, but I’m convinced some people enjoy being miserable. Everything new and good is destined to fail, every dollar spent is a waste and each smile on a child’s face is caused by something morally destitute.

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How can you tell if someone committed a crime? I don’t know enough about court proceedings to clean the bathrooms at a law office, but I would wager that I could reasonably point out the guilty at least some of the time. See, some sociopaths have a tell. If you’ve watched enough police inter…

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It’s finally over. Months, no — years of campaigning led to a fated Tuesday where the electorate spoke its solemn wish as prescribed by the founding tenants of our country. Those roughly disabused of the notion they would take up the mantle of public office can return to their lives, wonderi…

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Hello from the desk of Traci Cunningham, the executive director of Oak Grove Tourism Commission and Valor Hall. I thought I would share my thoughts and views on this election now that we are on the final lap.

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This is it, y’all. The last chance we’ll get to talk before the election Nov. 6. Many newspapers shy away from endorsing political candidates outside of the president, but not this one.

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Our brains like simplicity. As much as we are the most complex of creations (or evolutions or whatever) on Earth, we much prefer when things are straightforward.

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Motivational speakers, entrepreneur conferences and your parents all want you to do something significant. That’s the key word. Do something significant with your life, make your business significant, I’m going to beat you if you don’t make something significant out of yourself.

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Our children grow up questioning, at least the smart ones do. When we as adults don’t have a good answer to the 21 questions every child is contractually obligated to ask every seven minutes, sometimes we resort to the old “you’ll understand when you’re older.” Usually, we’re lying.

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As mayor, I’m the first to tell people what makes Oak Grove so special. The people, local businesses, culture, I could go on and on. Knowing these things, it came as no surprise when the two biggest names in Kentucky horse racing, Churchill Downs and Keeneland, chose our city as the site for…

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You wouldn’t have liked the column that almost ran today. It was kind of a mess. It was 900 words of alcohol, guns, Kavanaugh and jokes about throwing axes. Wait, that sounds kinda neat actually. Trust me, it was bad.

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Rack your brain really quickly: What’s the worst feeling in the world? Whatever you come up with, I submit that among the top contenders is feeling like you just let everyone down when they all expected you to succeed.

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Political correctness is definitely my trigger phrase. I want to be mad when people use it to mock people who are just trying to be respectful of others, but I can’t. It really does go too far sometimes.

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I have a confession. I’m really, really bad at being a typical Kentuckian. I didn’t vote for Trump, I don’t know a single farmer first-hand, I couldn’t change the oil in my car if my life depended on it, I’ve never dated a cousin and I think the Kentucky Derby is super overrated (your silly …

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Labor Day 2018 was an annual reminder that not every Monday is the worst; just the ones we don’t get off work for. Honestly though, is there a less favored day of the week?

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Growing up, my parents tried to instill in me a sense of responsibility. When you’re at fault, be big enough to take the blame. When you’re responsible for something (or someone), and it breaks or messes up, you take the blame then, too. Most importantly, offer no excuses, just do better.

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As a child, I was terrified of needles (I realize that may be a common experience). For whatever reason, when the time for a shot came I always got a nurse who had less than stellar bedside manner.

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There’s a minority in this country I would very much like to disenfranchise. Heck of a way to start a column, huh? I’m not talking about a race, a religion or even people with a similar set of beliefs. I’m talking, of course, about “snowflakes.” Sit tight, y’all, I’m about to make everybody mad.

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Hey, welcome to the opinion section. You’ll notice that it says “opinion” in big, bold letters up there so there’s no confusion. What’s written here is not like what you’ll find in the rest of this newspaper. Those are objective facts, this is, as I might have mentioned, opinion.

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What do we need to survive? It’s really not a long list. Food, water, shelter, air to breathe and the occasional couple hours of shuteye.

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This column marks a significant, unhappy milestone in my life. In 20 years I’ll look back and laugh at this, but right now what’s coming is scaring the wits out of me.

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From the time I was a boy I had a pretty good idea of how my life would go. I knew the choices I would make, and I knew where those paths converged.