Bill Straub: ‘The hour of reckoning is coming,’ and it should, for the imposter at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist who grew up a stone’s throw from my New Jersey hometown and has broken with his party over the comfort and support it’s providing to the interloper in the White House, asserted recently that “the hour of reckoning is coming.’’ Well, that moment may be at hand. It’s not so much that Democrats captured an Alabama senate seat it had no business winning...

Jessica Estes: Hornback bill is a common sense solution to Kentucky’s growing healthcare crisis

The healthcare crisis in Kentucky, with a reduced number of healthcare providers, has resulted in communities where proper care is scarce. Without desperately needed healthcare resources, a community crisis becomes a very personal one – forcing people to make difficult, even impossible decisions, with few choices and options available to them. But in many communities across Kentucky, APRNs (Advanced...

Constance Alexander: ‘Tis the season to celebrate simple gifts, the ones we cherish most

From the North Pole to South, coast to coast, and border to border, 2017 has had its ups and downs. Violence blazes in far reaches of the globe, and millions can be vaporized with the flick of a finger. Voices worldwide are raised in dissent and disharmony. Hardly a joyful noise, the result is cacophony. Closer to home, debates about a library addition, a payroll tax, and the state pension fiasco have...

Addia Wuchner: Remembering Pearl Harbor, welcome home Navy Fireman First Class Samuel Crowder

December marks the month of the busiest holiday we celebrate, but we must stop to remember Pearl Harbor first. This year in December, we will reflect on the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. We must remember the 2,403 Americans who were killed December 7, 1941, including sailors, soldiers, airman, marines, and civilians. Creating the largest loss of life on the naval base was the Japanese...

Bill Straub: Focusing on a bad tax reform bill meant Congress had no time for kids, thus no CHIP funding

The Republican Congress has proven so busy handing the keys of the kingdom over to its corporate bosses through its abominable tax reform bill – while simultaneously picking the pockets of graduate students, the middle class and too many others to mention – that it has had little patience for dealing with the needs of sick children. While GOP lawmakers were busily giggling and patting each other...

Mitch McConnell: Senate tax bill helps small business and families while promoting energy independence

For many Americans, the legacy of the Obama economy is sluggish growth, stagnant paychecks, and missed opportunities. A lost generation of workers still struggle with the consequences of the Great Recession and find it nearly impossible to get ahead. One of the biggest obstacles to their success has been our nation’s complex and outdated tax code. For too long it has dragged down our economy and...

Constance Alexander: From fit to spry in the blink of an eye — but assuring you, Paul McCartney lives

Two good habits, maybe three, are all I can boast: Wearing a seat belt, not smoking, and maintaining a regular regimen of jogging. Since these practices are part of my routine, I don’t think about them much. Up until last Friday, in fact, I considered myself reasonably fit. But now that has changed. Please let me explain. It was an annual wellness visit, and I was chatting with the health care professional...

Bill Straub: Republicans are on verge of adopting bad tax cut measure; they’ll lie — and get away with it

Senate Republicans are on the verge of adopting a tax cut measure that will make the old Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island look like the Garden of Eden and are looking to their always reliable playbook to sell this Krakatoa-sized disaster to an understandably doubting public. Put simply, they will lie. And if history is any guide, they stand a good chance of getting away with it – at least...

Constance Alexander: ‘Kennedy Comes to Kentucky’ exhibit explores JFK’s visit to western part of state

The trees were almost bare and mornings had slipped into a seasonal chill, but that day was warm and sunny, a sweet burst of sweater weather in late November. At lunchtime, we walked outside, chatting with friends about the upcoming weekend, the senior play, and festivities leading up to the annual homecoming football game on Thanksgiving. When the bell rang, it was on to Mr. Abrahamson’s U.S. History...

Americans First: A tax reform plan to help American citizens, not corporations

American citizens who believe in a fair and equitable tax system should be incensed by the Republican tax plans. The Republican establishment still fails to understand that our citizens are tired of a government run for powerful corporations and the super-rich instead of our hard-working citizens. The Republican Senate proposal and the bill that just passed the House have some differences but one...

William McCann: Kentucky’s newly-adopted charter schools law may mean further cuts to arts education

I am conflicted about the newly adopted charter schools law for which regulations are now being promulgated by the Kentucky Department of Education. Studies have shown that charter schools are no better than the public schools with which they compete. But since charter schools are paid for out of state education coffers the result is that charter schools will cause the Kentucky elementary-secondary...

Mitch McConnell: Republican tax reform plan aims to put more money into pockets of American families

For the last decade, many Kentucky families have been left behind by the Obama economy. It seemed like only the wealthy or the well-connected were able to succeed, leaving the rest behind to struggle through the slowest economic recovery following a major recession since the Great Depression. With stagnating paychecks, vanishing opportunities, and work difficult to find, the pain for far too many...

Bil Straub: It’s about time to talk about sexual harassment; but not all instances are the same

WASHINGTON – I just informed my glorious wife that, with Thanksgiving upon us, I would rather suffer through a barium enema than write the column that follows. But the odious subject of sexual harassment/abuse, and the new public standards for judging such crude and loutish behavior that appear to be falling into place, simply cannot be ignored. Why the dread? Because no matter how heartfelt one...

John Schickel: This holiday season, all Kentuckians should reach out to their communities, those in need

It is modern gun deer season in Kentucky and I have seen some great pictures of giant bucks that have been harvested by Boone County hunters as the leaves fell and the weather grew cooler as we transitioned into this blustery November. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the Legislature continues to hold Interim Joint Committee meetings throughout the Commonwealth and in Frankfort. This Thanksgiving...

Constance Alexander: Celebrating many happy Thanksgiving memories, past, present and future

I remember the year my sister dropped the turkey on the kitchen floor, as she was transferring it from roasting pan to platter. We invoked the 3-second rule and swore each other to secrecy, so my mother never found out. Whew! Making the gravy was always my least favorite part of the traditional meal preparation. No matter how careful you were to stir properly, lumps of flour lurked at the bottom of...

Mark Guilfoyle: Workforce development challenge requires effort; start with scholarship tax credits

In Northern Kentucky, and across the Commonwealth, we face a workforce development challenge that inhibits our ability to attract new business and undermines the competitiveness of existing businesses in our state. As a leader with the Kentucky Workforce Center and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, I often hear the same concern — what is the Commonwealth doing to address the record number of job...

Tommy Turner: With deer season upon us, we must remain extra vigilant when traveling state’s roadways

Deer season is upon us and that means Kentucky drivers must be particularly aware of their surroundings while traveling along Kentucky’s streets and highways. As an avid outdoorsman, I know how critical it is to pay attention to deer crossing the road during this time of year. The deer population, in general, has been growing all over the country for years. Urban expansion, more people moving to...

Richard Nelson: On sexual harassment, we need a cultural assessment, and each of us must stand up

Sexual harassment and allegations of abuse by high profile politicians are dominating the news and as distasteful the details and disappointed we may be in our political candidates and leaders, we’re forced to process this cultural moment and how to appropriately respond. Where to begin? How about with empathy toward the women who’ve come out of the shadows to share their stories? It takes...

Matt Bevin: Sensible, fiscally responsible tax reform is a critical component of our economic recovery

Recently, our national economy has been rebounding following a long period of tepid recovery. That makes this the perfect time to tackle federal tax reform, and I applaud President Trump for his leadership on this issue. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, our administration understands the importance of modernizing our antiquated tax structure in order to make our state more business-friendly. Our vision...

Bill Straub: So far, GOP has little to show for control, so killing health care may be the best they can do

Once again we are sadly reminded that there isn’t anything so terrible in this world that Sen. Rand Paul and his loony-tunes political ideas couldn’t make worse. Paul, R-Bowling Green, has spent the last seven years in the U.S. Senate spouting gibberish, occasionally veering into the sensible lane, and then hiding behind his kookiness by shouting “freedom’’ and “liberty’’ at most inappropriate...