Lyn Hacker: A fairly cheap way to treat inflammatory conditions, LDN is ‘plain Jane’ of pharmaceuticals

Inflammatory conditions – diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer and other such conditions – seem to be the bane of the 21st century. Pharmaceutical companies market to them with scores of newer and newer drugs with exotic price tags. But what if there was a fairly cheap drug that’s been around for a long time that has been making headway in these directions? There is one. It...

Constance Alexander: ‘Music Alive’ program offers hope to Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers alike

More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and more than 15 million are providing unpaid care for them. Total up the cost, and it is estimated that the 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care and assistance to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia contribute a whopping $230.1 billion to the nation. If those numbers are not enough to get your attention, get a load of this: •...

Jessica Estes: Nurse Practitioners are a vital resource for quality, essential health care

Imagine, for a moment, that where you lived dictated the quality of health care you received. Could you reside in an area devoid of primary care options, with health issues and no way to treat them? This imaginary scenario would be the reality for far more Kentuckians without the work of nurse practitioners. November 12-18th marks National Nurse Practitioner Week. It is a time to showcase and appreciate...

Jeff Rubin: As the bumper sticker says – if you can read this, thank a teacher; they believed. . .

If you can read this, thank a teacher. I saw that bumper sticker on the back of a car I was following on the highway the other day. The sticker brought a smile to my face. More than that, it made me think about the important role teachers have played in my own life growing up. A role that could just as easily be applied to anyone of us, including our children and grandchildren. Throughout my formative...

Mitch McConnell: Judicial nominees don’t grab headlines, but remain key to administration’s agenda

There’s an important issue that hasn’t gotten a lot of headlines, but it’s a key part of President Trump’s agenda. In fact, it will have a significant and beneficial impact on the future of our country for generations to come. This crucial issue is the confirmation of well-qualified individuals to serve as federal judges. Unlike the House of Representatives, it is the Senate’s responsibility...

Bill Straub: Go figure (if you can) the double-talk that doesn’t want to add to deficit except for ‘tax cuts’

Our old friend, the Wonder Boy, Rep. Thomas Massie, has built a well-earned reputation as a budget hawk, voting, for instance, against a measure sending disaster aid to communities damaged by Hurricane Harvey because it added to the federal deficit. Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, has called adding to the national debt, which currently rests at $20.5 trillion, “lunacy’’ and that it “must...

Constance Alexander: When it comes to end-of-life decisions, it’s important for patients to have control

When my mother hit her mid-80s, she told me – in no uncertain terms – that if she was diagnosed with cancer, that was it. She did not want to live out her last days suffering through debilitating treatment. “Enough’s enough,” she said in a determined, no-nonsense tone. Mother never had to make that choice, but if she had, I hope my family could have been as resilient and supportive as the...

Dorsey Ridley: Kentucky’s pension system needs to be fixed, but latest draft legislation isn’t the answer

I’ve never seen anything like this. The governor announces earlier this year that he is taking the politically courageous step of tackling Kentucky’s public pension challenges but then lets wild rumors ferment for months by not releasing a plan. When he does release his plan, it’s 505-pages long and on the eleventh hour on a Friday. And along the way, he creates fright and panic among current...

John Schickel: Celebrating Kentucky’s military history by honoring more than 330,000 who served

Kentucky’s military history runs deep within our culture and families. Even before our great Commonwealth became a state, Kentuckians embodied the boldness that service requires, stepping forward to defend and explore our young nation at a time of great uncertainty. That boldness has continued throughout the years as brave Kentuckians have gone to the trenches on the Western Front, the beaches of...

Bill Straub: Scott Pruitt and the EPA he is leading is not protecting the environment for the long term

Anyone clinging to the notion that Belle Brezing is the most notorious prostitute ever produced by Lexington isn’t paying attention to the antics of Scott Pruitt, top dog at the Environmental Protection Agency. While it can be argued that the services provided by Ms. Brezing and her employees did little real harm to the denizens of Fayette County and those visiting town for the races back in the...

Dorsey Ridley: Bill to save Kentucky’s pensions finally released, but success remains doubtful

A draft of the massive 505-page bill to address Kentucky’s public pension challenges was released in the late hours of Friday. I expect the draft bill reflects what was disclosed a few weeks ago when the governor released an outline of the proposed legislation but further scrutiny may cause additional concerns. The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy analysis of the bill has already found that money...

Tim Abrams: Governor’s proposed pension framework breaks promise to Kentucky’s teachers

Let’s remember how we got into this pension mess in the first place. Frankfort — not our current and retired teachers — failed to live up to its fiduciary responsibility to properly fund the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). Now, after nine years of insufficient funding and the loss of interest on those funds, Frankfort politicians want retired and current teachers to bail them out...

Constance Alexander: Sexual harassment, assault are rampant, but “Me too” starts with one voice

When I posted a “Me Too” invitation on my Facebook page last week, the replies about women’s experiences with sexual harassment, assault, and rape were overwhelming. From Main Street to Madison Avenue, the voices are legion. Most had been taught that girls are meant to be seen and not heard. That is why one of my responders, only 10 at the time, was shocked and confused when a stranger put his...

Joe Schmidt: We must also remember those who care for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease

As an Alzheimer’s Association advocate, I champion the fight to end Alzheimer’s and am proud of our community’s efforts. On September 9, nearly 3,000 residents from Louisville and the surrounding area joined the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions. Through their dedication, participants raised almost $500,000! The...

Richard Nelson: All sinners fraught with brokenness, but Christians must ‘love your neighbor as yourself’

One of the most divisive and difficult topics to discuss today is over sexual ethics—specifically involving LGBT issues. It’s a topic most of us avoid. For the few that are engaged, the conversation is often shrill with carpet bomb arguments that leave the public arena riddled with verbal craters and unspent mines making it difficult to navigate civil conversations. I’ve had several instances...

Mitch McConnell: Why fighting opioid epidemic is necessary, and why we must fight back

The pain of the opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country – especially here in Kentucky. For years, I have worked with my colleagues in Congress to fight back. Just recently, President Donald Trump took a significant step by formally recognizing a public health emergency for opioids. I commend the President for reaffirming his commitment to tackling this critical problem,...

Commentary: Major education association leaders respond to latest state pension reform proposals

Casey Allen, Bo Matthews, David Webster, Stephanie Winkler and Cherie Dimar Special to KyForward Providing the best learning opportunities we can to each and every child is among the most important functions of our state government. In fact, this is among the only constitutional requirements of our General Assembly. As representatives of educators, local school leaders and parents, we believe it is...

Bill Straub: Mitch McConnell’s dilemma — pursue tax cuts, keep job and worry about disaster later

Here comes Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell, riding into town in the lead wagon of the Snake Oil Caravan with a wink and a promise that the tax cut legislation he’s about to unveil is good for what ails all those in the gathering crowd. This amazing package — “she walks, she talks she crawls on her belly like a reptile,’’ to cite Ray Stevens – will...

Commentary: Three persistent myths surrounding Kentucky’s ailing teacher pension system

By Chad Aldeman and Kirsten Schmitz Special to KyForward As debate over Kentucky’s pension systems unfolds, three popular arguments about teacher pensions keep sprouting up in opposition to change. Like any good myth, there’s a kernel of truth to each one, but the full story is more nuanced. Myth 1: Kentucky’s current pension system is providing adequate retirement benefits for workers. The popular...

Constance Alexander: Marshall County native Gilliard Ross provides vivid images of Murray’s past

According to the nursery rhyme that begins, “Monday’s child is fair of face,” the baby born on Friday is “loving and giving.” And while Mother Goose’s predictions have been wrong countless times, she was absolutely right when it came to Gillard Ross, born in Marshall County Ky., nearly one hundred years ago on Friday, April 12, 1918. Better known to people in Calloway County as Popeye,...