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July 27, 2018



By Glenn Mollette

The buzz of a possible visit by Russian President, Vladimir Putin has died down.

Different reasons have been cited from safety to timing to other things going on right now for President Trump and Putin.

I said on more than one occasion when Obama was President that he should invite Putin to the White House for dinner. I also said that about Kim Jong-un.

Putin nor Jong-un are not beloved by the American people. Americans, or our President are not beloved by the North Koreans or the people of Russia. I don't necessarily know this as gospel fact but I watch the media and read other articles and columns. I suspect it's true.

Diplomacy is always a good move to try from any side of the aisle. I do hope our President will have Putin in the White House for dinner, play checkers, pitch horseshoes and treat him to a tour of the White House grounds or something like that.

On the other hand I am sure that CNN, NBC and the New York Times would have great fear over what the two men might talk about. Maybe, they would talk about how our two countries could work together to make our world a safer and better place? Maybe they might talk about world peace?

Maybe they would talk about global energy issues, food shortages and helping all people around the globe to have happy productive lives? Who knows what world leaders try to talk about for sure? Maybe Putin would disclose to the President how much his Facebook advertisement budget would be for the next election? The way Facebook stock has fallen this week interested persons should keep an eye on Mark Zuckerberg. He may be meeting with Putin himself to rev up advertising accounts.

When it comes to advertising, most media ventures seem to sell to anybody that wants to buy any kind of an advertisement for or against anybody. I have not noticed any television stations in any town in American refraining from running any kind of political advertisement that anyone wants to buy. Some political advertisements are ridiculous and should not be aired on television. The claims against opponents get more outlandish every year. Can you imagine what the advertisements are going to look like against Trump this next time?

What if a group from Haiti wanted to buy Facebook ads for or against a candidate? Or what if someone from France wanted to get involved in buying Facebook or other media advertisements? The media groups would sell them the space because they are all desperate to turn dollars. It's a free country, at this point. I'm sure there are groups who might not sell an advertisement to the Pope if he wanted to buy one against Trump but who would that be?

Okay back to Putin's lunch at the White House. Invite him to come and see how it goes. He's not going to stay here. Bring Kim Jong-un and shoot some basketball with him. This will also mean an invite to Dennis Rodman to the White House. And why not we are talking about peace and trying to get this world together in harmony before we destroy it and that's reason enough.


Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all 50 states.

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JULY 25, 2018

A good sign

The Paintsville Herald

SilverLiner was one of the first companies to commit to locating in the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park, targeting the park’s Speculative Building for its initial facility.

Coming to the Pikeville KY Industrial Park late 2018/early 2019.Coming to the Pikeville KY Industrial Park late 2018/early 2019.

Thursday, the company’s partnership with Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program resulted in the graduation of 12 individuals from a program that will result in the company benefiting and those individuals being at the forefront of Eastern Kentucky’s new manufacturing vanguard.

By the time the company begins operation, officials have said, they hope to have dozens employed, not only gainfully, but in an industry which will last long into the future. And they’re just one of several new industries eying our area.

And that’s why we’re so excited to see the involvement of each of these organizations. SilverLiner knows that it will have a highly-trained workforce ready to go on day one, and a dozen people, so far, know they have secured a better future for their families through their hard work and will lay the foundation for SilverLiner.

Chris Tomlinson, founder of SilverLiner, pointed out during Thursday’s ceremony how vital the educational program is for his company.

“It’s absolutely essential. We could not do this without EKCEP and Big Sandy,” he said. “When we started this, as you know, in Eastern Kentucky, we’ve had welders for heavy metal, we’ve had welders for pipelines. We’ve never done intricate welding in aluminum. It’s a whole lot different. Without them to teach this class, SilverLiner absolutely would not be here.”

The involvement of BSCTC, EKCEP and other educational organizations will be vital for the future. Companies will have to train the workers they hope to find here and our workforce will need to learn to work in the various positions which will be offered by these new employers.

Part of what has made the Kentucky Enterprise Industrial Park the resource toward which much of the community is the fact that the infrastructure businesses need to succeed was installed

This graduation is not just a landmark for Pikeville, or for Big Sandy Community and Technical College, but for the entire region, including Johnson County. Those who are to be employed by SilverLiner, EnerBlü and the other companies coming to the KEIP will not all come from Pikeville or even Pike County.

Other communities will play a role and will benefit from the ongoing industrial and commercial growth in Pikeville and Pike County and programs such as this are laying a groundwork for the success they’ll each see as a result of this, and other, endeavors.

For a time there, Eastern Kentucky’s future looked fairly murky. However it’d be easy to make the argument that because of all the hard work and dedication going into the foundation and infrastructure work, it looks a bit brighter today than it has in the past.

July 20, 2018

Stop hating on all carbs

Carbs or fats? Muffins or bacon? This or that? I’m befuddled when fad diets pull the wool over American eyes—common sense proclaims moderation in food variety. But, of course, media madness picks out juicy research tidbits to sensationalize weight and health studies without telling the rest of the story. And authors dash to flash their new diet books.

Melissa MartinMelissa MartinThis year, Medical News Today reported on a study about low-carb diets. In this corner are carbs. In that corner are fats. Both continue to fight it out. Ding! Who will win in the world of weight loss? The study concluded “that it is hard to tell.” Hmmm.

Recently, some researchers have questioned excessive carbs as the main dietary offender in obesity and point once more to fatty foods. Is the pendulum swinging back again?

What about a daily balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats for the general population? Oh, that was the recommendation in the former days—until the Atkins diet came along in the early 1970s. Dr. Robert Atkins peddled a ketogenic diet—a high protein, high fat, and very low carbohydrate regimen resulting in ketosis. He was rolling in the green (money not lettuce) when his book, Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution sold 15 millions copies.

And so the scuffle between a low-carbs and a high-fat diet continues. Who will win the battle of the bulge trophy? Who will win the thin prize? What diet will be crowned the queen of skinny?

What about the consequences of fad diets? According to a 2003 article published in the British Medical Journal, “Skeptics are concerned in part because of the absence of long term studies needed to answer questions raised about the safety of the Atkins diet including whether it will promote osteoporosis, colon cancer, heart disease, kidney damage, and gout, as critics charge.”

According to a 2009 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Mice that were fed a high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet were found to have atherosclerosis that was not associated with traditional cardiovascular risk factors.” Of course, humans are not mice, but we do like cheese.

If the high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet works, then why all humans aren’t slim and trim is a mystery that needs to be solved. Yes, many dieters lose weight in the short-term, but the weight comes back with a vengeance when they stop the special diet.

Back to the confusing carbs conundrum. Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients that give the human body energy. In fact, the brain prefers to be fueled with carbs, instead of protein or fat. Carbs are turned into glucose and according to information in the book, Biochemistry, “Glucose is virtually the sole fuel for the human brain, except during prolonged starvation.” Furthermore, “Fatty acids do not serve as fuel for the brain, because they are bound to albumin in plasma and so do not traverse the blood-brain barrier.”

However, the body can burn and turn protein into glucose via gluconeogenesis, but proteins have a main function—building and repairing tissues.

According to Medical News Today, author Maria Cohut, the carb culprits are “simple carbs: sugars and starches that have been refined and stripped of their natural fiber and nutrients.” I want to know why we tolerate refined wheat flour (white flour). I want to know why we tolerate white rice. Inquiring minds want to know.

Complex carbs are the good guys “found in whole, unprocessed foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.” And these are “highly nutritious foods that are rich in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals.” Complex carbs are digested slowly by the body, releasing energy over a period of time, and therefore you feel fuller for longer.

Beware of greedy companies. “The diet industry is making a lot of money selling us fad diets, nonfat foods full of chemicals, gym memberships, and pills while we lose a piece of our self-esteem every time we fail another diet or neglect to use the gym membership we could barely afford,” stated Portia de Rossi.

So, please stop hating on complex carbohydrates. You may be asking where I received my degree in nutrition — from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.


Melissa Martin, Ph.D, is an author, columnist, educator, and therapist. She lives in Southern Ohio. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..