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Constance Alexander: West Kentucky virus survivor tries to make sense of the COVID-19 puzzle

Ronda Dalton Gibson lives in Ballard County at the confluence of Ragland, Monkey’s Eyebrow, and Bandana. Compared to her birthplace in rural Crittenden County across the river from Illinois’ Cave- In-Rock, the farm where she resides with her husband and teenage son is relatively cosmopolitan. “Paducah and Murray are big metropolitan areas to me,” she confessed. Anyone who knows Ronda is not...

Rand Paul: Making clear my positions on the Trump recounts, COVID, lockdowns, schools, and masks

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin when someone throws a ton of crap against a wall to see what sticks, as was the case in a recent KyForward column by Bill Straub. I’ll give it a shot though, because your readers deserve some modicum of truth and fairness, as well as words from my own mouth rather than those distorted and misunderstood by the ill-informed. The screed began by attacking...

To celebrate or not to celebrate Halloween this year, that is the question; there’s no easy answer

As Halloween 2020 approaches, many families want to know if it’s safe to let their children go trick-or-treating in the middle of a pandemic. There is no easy answer to this question, but here is some expert advice on how to make the experience as safe as possible. Step 1: Figure out how much health risk your household is comfortable assuming. Do you live or regularly interact with people who...

In a year filled with uncertainties, getting the flu vaccination is more important than ever

By Grace Colville University of Kentucky Flu season, like everything else this year, is looking a whole lot different. The same preparation is involved, with pharmacies and doctor’s offices preparing to give vaccinations for the flu season that generally runs from October to March, but with COVID-19 added to the mix, 2020’s flu season should be taken more seriously than ever. According to the Centers...