A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Dorsey Ridley: Memorial Day a time to show respect to the brave Americans who fought for our freedom

Memorial Day is a time to remember those brave Americans who fought for our nation and its freedom. This national day of remembrance is especially close to our hearts this year as our young men and women are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for a safer America. Today, we should show respect to our servicemen and women and those who have gone before by putting aside our differences in honor of their...

Mitch McConnell: Senate’s confirmation of federal judicial nominees puts country on right path

The Senate is working with President Trump to secure significant accomplishments for the American people, from combating the opioid epidemic to providing the largest year-on-year increase in defense funding in 15 years. However, there’s one key issue I want to especially highlight because it can set our nation on the right path for generations to come. It’s the Senate’s successes in confirming...

Bill Straub: White House turned into ATM machine and other ugly stuff; McConnell’s getting fleas

Any attempt to pinpoint President Trump’s most grievous sin against the body politic is rather like picking out one particular star in a moonless night sky – the process could continue forever. A simple recitation of the known violence the president has perpetrated upon the nation he was chosen to serve would sate an entire column even without the usual smart-aleck asides. There is, of course,...

Constance Alexander: Royal wedding spurs memory of a childhood fascination with fairy-tale lives

When we were little, my sister Jeanne and I were fascinated by England’s Royal Family. The children’s room at our local library had a couple of tell-all tales about Queen Elizabeth from girlhood to growing up, including her marriage to dashing Prince Philipp, their children, and her coronation. We read them from cover to cover more than once, relishing every detail. According to the pictures,...

Matt Bevin: Kentucky’s low unemployment numbers, economic growth are reasons for optimism

“We are Kentucky!” This is more than just a simple catchphrase. From our cities to our rural communities, the Commonwealth’s greatest assets are our people. When given the opportunity, the ability of Kentuckians to accelerate our state’s economic engine is greater than any government program. A good job empowers our fellow citizens to provide for their families and contribute to their communities....

Bill Straub: Forget fair play, forget the ABA, just squeeze those questionable judges through

For reasons inexplicable, Democrats have never taken the appointment of federal judges as seriously as Republicans, who understandably place that particular task atop their priority list. Given the opportunity to secure control over one of the three branches of government – albeit one that is supposed to be non-partisan – is a prospect any politician with a lick of sense should jump on. But former...

Constance Alexander: A stint in the circus leads to a lifetime in the theater for Liz Bussey Fentress

My friend Liz gardens with gusto and doesn’t mind getting dirty as a result. She is also a beekeeper, a playwright, and a woman who knows her way around a sewing machine. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, youngest of four, in a family that values education and the environment. With scores of nieces and nephews, great and grand, she knits Fair Isle sweaters with ease. An actor and director with impressive...

Jeff Rubin: Some principles for consideration as we celebrate National Older Americans Month

“A nation is judged on the basis of how it treats, its least, its, last, its littlest,” is a phrase I’ve often quoted over the years because it speaks to the heart of inclusion, respect, and human value. This citation has been attributed to many authors over the years, from Henry Ford to Harry Truman to Mahatma Gandhi, to name a few. It has been applied in pursuit of several noble causes. I’d...

Mitch McConnell: Addiction, the public health crisis of this generation, is creating a workforce emergency

Substance abuse is the public health crisis of this generation. It’s claiming lives in Kentucky and across the nation at an unprecedented rate. Like nearly half of all Americans, you or your family probably know someone whose life has been torn apart because of drug addiction. But as a leader in Kentucky’s business community recently noted, this problem isn’t only devastating families and communities....

Bill Straub: What’s in store for our duly sworn governor after his one term? Senate? Presidency?

Since the job of Pope is currently filled, there exists speculation aplenty over what position St. Matt the Divine, the duly sworn governor of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky, might pursue once his term expires 19 months hence. Of course, a perusal of the latest surveys, like one released last month by the Western Kentucky University Social Science Research Center, dubbed The Big Red Poll, indicate...

Constance Alexander: Kentucky Derby evokes memories of Aunt Agnes, the odds-on favorite

Aunt Agnes was my favorite relative. She was out-spoken and creative. She lived on Rittenhouse Square, a lovely neighborhood in the City of Brotherly Love. She told stories about my mother when they were both little girls, and if Mother tried to correct her — or change the subject — Agnes just sailed on, deliberately oblivious. Aunt Agnes had a bookie. Whenever she and Uncle Pete came to...

Jessica Estes: As we celebrate National Nurses Week, It’s time to tell the truth about the opioid crisis

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, and as we celebrate the numerous accomplishments of Kentucky nurses, it’s also time to acknowledge their commitment to quality care. Education plays a key role in the delivery of excellent care that nurses provide to patients. Let’s take a moment to understand the facts in the opioid crisis versus the myths. As political rhetoric, grandstanding and baseless claims...

Susan Stone: Women and families face consequences of maternity workforce shortage

On May 5 each year, Frontier Nursing University recognizes International Day of the Midwife by focusing on the outcomes of midwifery-led care. While we celebrate the role of nurse-midwives, one of our main goals as a leading educator is to reach others who may be thinking about a career in nurse-midwifery. We strongly advocate for integrating midwifery into the health care system to improve access...

Commentary: Coalition of Kentucky organizations oppose food assistance cuts in Farm Bill

One in seven Kentuckians has food on their table in part thanks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program lifts 164,000 Kentuckians, including 73,000 children, out of poverty. It sends nearly $1 billion a year to grocery stores and our state economy, and injects even more into our local communities during hard times when they most need it. For decades, SNAP has been a program...

Bill Straub: ‘Possum’ Pruitt is a money-changer in the Temple; why oh why can’t he just be tossed out?

Should those suffering from asthma find breathing more difficult because the air has turned gray, if the water we all drink assumes the characteristics of that found in Flint, MI, if the soil suddenly begins leaching toxins, please don’t blame Scott “Possum’’ Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, whose policies, one might think, are having an adverse impact on this...

Richard Nelson: Despite drama, 2018 legislative session was a successful production in many ways

The 2018 General Assembly was incredibly productive and even took positive steps to shore up the state pension system, but incessant negative news reports by major media outlets implying Republicans were sticking it to protesting teachers and unfortunate comments by our Governor left many with another impression. It’s funny how high drama and a few entertaining if not painful moments receive...

Constance Alexander: Celebration of Kentucky writers attracts words for all seasons

A realtor, two feminists and an elected public official walk into a public meeting room… It could be the beginning of a joke, but those four — plus about 40 more random individuals — showed up last week to celebrate Kentucky Writers Day, National Poetry Month, and Shakespeare’s Birthday at the Calloway County Public Library. Dr. Bob Davies, President of Murray State University,...

Susan Stone: Women and families face consequences of maternity workforce shortage

On May 5 each year, Frontier Nursing University recognizes International Day of the Midwife by focusing on the outcomes of midwifery-led care. While we celebrate the role of nurse-midwives, one of our main goals as a leading educator is to reach others who may be thinking about a career in nurse-midwifery. We strongly advocate for integrating midwifery into the healthcare system to improve access to...

Commentary: Children and families were the major beneficiaries during 2018 legislative session

By Rep. David Meade and First Lady Glenna Bevin Special to KyForward While numerous policies beneficial to all Kentuckians were passed in the 2018 session, children and families were the major winners. The record of accomplishment on their behalf in 2018 alone was extraordinary. Not only did we work together to make significant reforms to Kentucky’s adoption and foster care systems, but social workers...

Bill Straub: The ‘lone wolf’ joins the pack, as Rand Paul hands committee green light to Mike Pompeo

WASHINGTON – Back a little more than five years ago, Sen. Rand Paul marched onto the floor of the upper chamber and launched a filibuster that lasted nearly 13 hours, a move that earned the Bowling Green Republican a lot of attention, established him as an iconoclastic spirit and proved beyond any doubt that the man could talk. Now the public, including the voters of Kentucky, are beginning to understand...