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Lauren and Rob Hudson: A positive message about nation’s difficulties with saving money, avoiding debt

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa America’s people and America’s government experienced difficulties in saving money and avoiding debt. Fortunately, savings and debt is a matter largely within our control. Today’s older generations chose not to control their debt. For more than a century, our federal government had very little debt. Leading up...

Amye Bensenhaver: KY citizens own the plane, Governor, and have a right to know how you use it


“The information is out there. The people can see all of the flights that have been taken and can see where the money came from. “The real question is: Why does it matter what the purpose (of the trip) is? Did taxpayers pay for it? If they did, then they should know the purpose. If they didn’t pay for it, it’s none of their business.” This, according to the Bowling Green Daily News,...

Al Cross: As race for governor heats up, both sides are missing an honest discussion of health care

The race for governor has begun in earnest, with both sides using scare tactics. But both sides also seem scared of saying the wrong thing about the most important issue to voters, health care. Yes, health care. That may have been the most surprising news of the week, in the Prichard Committee’s release of its poll, taken in June. Asked which issue “should be the top priority for your elected officials...

Bill Straub: Standing ready to protect Constitution, John Yarmuth stands out in congressional delegation

Rep. John Yarmuth has to be one of the loneliest guys in the nation’s capital. Since he was elected to represent the Third Congressional District, which includes the city of Louisville, in 2006, Yarmuth has served much of his tenure as the lone Democrat in the sea of red that constitutes Kentucky’s congressional delegation. When former Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, lost his re-election bid...

Constance Alexander: With a little help from their friends, libraries continue to improve communities

Like most friends of public libraries, Wayne Onkst is an unabashed bibliophile. As an author, historian, and advocate for literacy, he is proud of Kentucky libraries. “Kentucky has done a good job of establishing a statewide system,” he said. “In 1950, the legislature passed a law that provided for the neutrality of libraries, outside of county government,” he explained, also mentioning the...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about saving money and avoiding debt

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Saving money and avoiding debt is another topic big enough for two columns. This first column will cover why people should try to save money and avoid debt. Next week’s column will explain why it’s important for the country to do the same. Saving money and avoiding debt is one of the most important issues faced by families...

Amye Bensenhaver: Resisting tranparency at all costs — and that’s why open records laws exist

It is deeply disturbing that a public agency — whose compliance with state transparency laws is found by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts to fall “drastically short” — concludes its response to the auditor’s examination with the statement that it “compl[ies] with all governing statutes *to the extent possible.*” This is how the Kentucky Retirement Systems responded to Auditor Mike...

Jeff Rubin: Sunday is Grandparents Day; age matters — and with it, comes love and wisdom to share

This Sunday September 8th is Grandparents Day. Signed into law by presidential proclamation in 1978, the statue marking this day lists three purposes for the designation: 1) to commemorate and pay respect to grandparents, 2) to recognize the importance that older people can have on the lives of the young, and 3) to give grandparents the opportunity to show love and support for their children’s children. Not...

Commentary: Skilled-workers law would be a boon for Kentucky businesses, say Chamber executives

By Dave Adkisson, Brent Cooper, Kent Oyler and Bob Quick Special to KyForward Earlier this year in a speech discussing immigration, former President George W. Bush declared Americans need to “dial down the rhetoric, put politics aside and modernize our immigration laws.” The Kentucky business community agrees. Kentucky businesses know we need to get past the rhetoric and divisiveness of the issue...

Bill Straub: Deja Vu all over again — gun massacres, promise of controls, then nothing; repeat rapid fire

All right, let’s break this one down to its component parts. On the morning of Aug. 3, a gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others in El Paso, TX. About 13 hours later, in Dayton, OH, a second gunman shot and killed 10 people and injured 17 others. The incidents brought to 251 the number of mass shootings that have occurred in the United States of America...

William McCann: ‘Appetizer plays’ could serve as an answer to the need for the development of new works

Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, Inc. is a non-profit that provides opportunities to and for the state’s playwrights, with the goal of encouraging the development of new works. As part of that mission we commission new plays and sponsor the Kentucky New Play Series. In prior years the KNPS’s winning plays have been produced at the Kentucky State Fair; some of those plays have also been anthologized....

Constance Alexander: Being reminded of what work really is and whether we appreciate it enough

In my New Jersey hometown, the Duchess Diner was the main hang out for teenagers. Next door from the Dairy Queen, catty-corner from the Four Seasons Pool Hall, and a couple of blocks off Main Street, the location was strategic. Our parents hated it. We probably spent more time in the parking lot than anywhere else. We talked with friends, kidded around, boys and girls subtly checking each other out...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages about America’s exceptionalism through work ethic

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Last week we covered how crucial work ethic will be for our individual success. Now we cover the importance of work ethic to the entire country. Instead of skipping over the positives as some people do, let’s begin there. We can learn about America’s positive work ethic by studying America’s productivity and quality...

Anna Baumann: How are Kentucky workers faring this Labor Day; where are quality jobs families need?

The longest economic recovery on record and a state unemployment rate of 4.3% sounds like a strong foundation for Kentuckians’ prosperity. But a close look at the numbers this Labor Day shows an economy where many Kentucky communities still lack jobs, especially quality jobs families need to thrive. When you take into account the many still-sidelined workers the official unemployment rate doesn’t...

Allison Ball: STABLE Kentucky is game-changing and life-changing for our citizens with disabilities

During my first year in office, I was approached by a young woman who expressed to me her limited ability to save and invest for her future. This limitation came not from her own lack of discipline or willingness, but rather from government regulation. As a person with a disability receiving government benefits, she could only save $2,000 at a time without jeopardizing government benefits she received...

Bill Straub: Kentucky’s famous statesman Henry Clay preferred being right, Bevin just wants to be governor

It was one of Kentucky’s most celebrated statesmen, Henry Clay, who, way back in 1839, uttered the memorable phrase, “I’d rather be right than be president.” Perhaps Clay’s words have served as an inspiration for Gov. Matt Bevin, aka St. Matt the Divine of New Hampshire, who seems to be giving a new twist to the old phrase through his actions – I’d rather be a twit than be governor. St....

Neena Gaynor: Summer doesn’t last forever — and even the bees can figure that out

I visited the bees yesterday. It’s an interesting phenomenon, how thousands of buzzing little stingers can be so mesmerizing. Each time I’m in an apiary, I liken the humming of hives to the relaxing lulls of ocean waves or kitten purrs. The bees barely notice any spectators, and there’s no time allotted for breaks as they busy themselves with the task of gathering nectar and making honey. Monday...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about exceptionalism through work ethic

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa President Thomas Jefferson once joked “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Just about every successful person agrees that work comes before success. In other words, “lucky breaks” usually occur after our work ethic moves us into the best position to take advantage...

Al Cross: Trump is back-and-forth on gun control; in the end he and McConnell must agree

In Louisville on Wednesday, President Trump said he would get, or help get, Gov. Matt Bevin and Sen. Mitch McConnell re-elected: “We’ll get them both back in.” Bevin was on hand, to bask in the glow of a president who has the approval of most Kentucky voters and whose support he needs to win a second term. McConnell wasn’t around, because he was recovering from surgery six days earlier to repair...

Bill Straub: Mocking Indiana Jones isn’t appropriate response to the real problem of climate change

The United Kingdom’s Met Office, which serves as that nation’s weather service, recently determined that the world’s oceans have warmed to a greater degree than previously thought, indicating that previous estimates of global climate change have been too low. Meanwhile, a recently released report from the International Monetary Fund, the University of Cambridge and the University of Southern...