Jeff Rubin: Your key to better health and quality of life may be right under your nose

Say the words “oral hygiene” to someone and the first thought that comes to mind might be “brushing and flossing.” However, the term encompasses much more than simply avoiding cavities. So much so, that today more than 200 national dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, have adopted a new definition to draw attention to the term’s significance. Traditionally, oral...

KHSAA: It’s not just fun and games, high school sports teach important life lessons

By Bob Gardner and Julian Tackett Special to KyForward Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here. And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages...

Mitch McConnell: Congress making consequential decisions that have direct impact on Kentucky

By Mitch McConnell Special to KyForward This Republican Congress is making important strides on issues that have a direct impact on Kentucky. We’ve listened to you and the concerns you’ve raised. As your senior senator, I am proud of these accomplishments, and we’re just getting started. The first major victory of this year was the confirmation of a nominee committed to the rule of law to the...

Eli Capilouto: As competition for talent increases, need for education and skills grows as well

Last week, 50 representatives with Greater Louisville, Inc. traveled to our campus to bridge a strong connection between their effort in developing Louisville’s workforce and our graduates. They are working on behalf of their community to recruit more of our graduates to the Louisville area; further connecting our cities and region, and adding to the more than 35,000 UK alumni already in the region....

Bill Straub: Fear of change culminated in events in Charlottesville — where is the accountability?

WASHINGTON – So, how did we get here? It’s now apparent that the United States of America, the most powerful nation the world has ever seen, has as its president a man who is incompetent and, more importantly, has no moral core. During the 1950s it was said that certain politicians were “soft on communism’’ because they were insufficiently zealous in their abhorrence of the Russian bear....

Ryan Quarles: Kentucky’s fabulous State Fair is coming up; come share the great tradition, Aug. 17-27

The Kentucky State Fair is one of the highlights of the agricultural year in Kentucky. As a farm kid from Scott County, I have many fond memories of past state fairs. It’s a chance to rub elbows with our neighbors, reunite with friends from across the Commonwealth, and show off the best that Kentucky agriculture has to offer. The 113th edition of this great tradition is Aug. 17-27, and, as always,...

Constance Alexander: No joke, words matter when topic is disabilities, culture, race or religion

Years ago in New Jersey, when the brand new president of Woodrow Wilson Junior High School’s PTA made his first speech at back-to-school night, he opened with a joke. “A priest, a rabbi and a mullah walk into a bar,” it began. Some audience members shifted uncomfortably in their seats. Teachers made eye contact and shook their heads in dismay. Undeterred or unaware, the man prattled on, mugging...

Mark Wohlander: Whistleblowers play key role in rooting out government waste, fraud, abuse

By Mark Wohlander Special to KyForward One could only hope Chief Justice John D. Minton was sincere when he said “transparency and accountability are bedrock principles in maintaining trust in state government.” More than 30 years after the Kentucky legislature enacted the state’s open records laws, the Kentucky Supreme Court has finally acknowledged that it is not above the law. The policy overturns...

Todd Mansfield: What’s behind an active lifestyle eatery with a healthy concept?

I’m often asked how someone who never stepped foot behind a restaurant counter ended up being a founding partner of CoreLife Eatery – an active lifestyle restaurant with a healthy concept that’s rapidly sweeping the nation. I spent 25 years practicing as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, health and wellness has always been a passion of mine. During that time, my life was consumed with walking people...

Bill Straub: Never popular with Democrats, McConnell now facing critics from the right as well

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell, who has contributed more to the noxious political divide that plagues the nation than any other individual over the past decade, has serendipitously developed a way to unite Democrats and the GOP’s whacko right wing. They both want him gone. Republicans are becoming increasingly agitated with McConnell, of Louisville,...

Commentary: Tweeting is no way to communicate policy; discussion needed about gender issues

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward President Trump’s tweet barring transgendered persons from serving in the military caught everyone off guard, including policy makers who are still trying to figure out exactly what it means. As we navigate the minefields of this highly charged issue there’s middle ground that nearly everyone can agree on: policy by tweet is no way to run a government....

Constance Alexander: Book detailing recovery from cancer provides a message of hope to McCain family

Thanks to complicated surgery, aggressive chemotherapy and rigorous rehabilitation, Lisa Reisman survived a deadly glioblastoma multiforme when she was 32. GBM, as it is called, has a median survival rate of one to two years. Nonetheless, 19 years later, she has defied the statistics. Her book — “5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours” – covers the details of her devastating diagnosis and chronicles...

Commentary: Four additional concerns regarding Kentucky’s fiscal outlook in coming years

By Pam Thomas Special to KyForward The fact Kentucky has a severely underfunded pension system and that Gov. Matt Bevin plans to call a special session on the issue has been widely publicized. So has the round after round of state budget cuts in recent years. On top of those challenges are added fiscal problems, made even clearer recently, that present a daunting picture for the Commonwealth in 2018...

Commentary: Students gain when parents, community members are involved with schools

By Stephen L. Pruitt Special to KyForward I can’t believe it’s August again. I hope everyone enjoyed some much-needed rest and time with your families over the summer break. Let me be one of the first to officially say “Welcome back.” I’m sure this will antagonize some students who are mournfully counting down the last days of their summer vacation, but I always get excited about the start...

Commentary: As the debate rages on, cost of health care is the real problem that needs solving

By John Winn Miller Special to KyForward Americans will always be at loggerheads about health-care reform until we stop acting like the blind men trying to describe an elephant by touching only one part of the animal. Look at the whole elephant and you’ll see the cost of health insurance is the tail end of a much bigger problem. Republicans promised to cut premiums for many by reducing the number...

Bill Straub: It’s well past time for McConnell, GOP to stand up to an increasingly erratic Trump

BELMONT, Maine – There comes a moment in the old Marx Brothers movie A Day at the Races where a man confronts Groucho, as Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, and demands to know if he is a man or a mouse. “You put a piece of cheese down there and you’ll find out,’’ Hackenbush responds. Well, President Trump just tossed a whole slab of cheddar at the feet of Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n...

Commentary: While coal mining jobs are dwindling, mine fatalities are going up — here’s why

By Gary Bentley Special to KyForward At a time when we ought to see fewer deaths from coal mining, the number of fatalities has increased compared to last year. The greed of coal tycoons and politicians (who are sometimes one and the same) is the reason. In the first seven months of 2017 there have been 10 coal-mining fatalities in our country. The year is just past the halfway mark, and there have...

Constance Alexander: Floods examined as natural social phenomena in exhibit by artist Alison Saar

Still a topic of conversation in our region, the 1937 Flood is prominently featured at Paducah’s River Discovery Center. Its ferocious forebear – the Great Flood of 1927 – was unknown to me until 1999, when I interviewed Thuston Duncan, born 1922 in Kuhn Creek, between the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers in western Kentucky. Since he was only 5 when it happened, Thuston’s memories had more...

Commentary: Coverage of Bevin’s real estate deal results in another case of unbalanced journalism

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward The Executive Branch Ethics Commission (EBEC) recently cleared Gov. Bevin of any wrongdoing involving a deal on a home by a campaign donor, but considering the way the Louisville Courier-Journal trotted out the story since it broke earlier this year, its uncertain they’ll accept the unanimous ruling in Bevin’s favor. A week before the EBEC issued...

Commentary: Be on the lookout at the gas pump this summer — avoid the skimmers

By Ryan Quarles Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Summer is a great time to make memories with family and friends. Whether you are spending your summer out on the farm, driving to your local ice cream shop, or hitting the road for a vacation, Kentuckians should be on the lookout for preying credit card skimmers seeking to steal sensitive information while you fill up your gas tank. Credit card skimmers...