A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Jeff Rubin: It’s the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day — we should extend honor to the families as well

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. A day first set aside to honor those veterans who fought in the “Great War.” That designation has evolved over the years. Today, we celebrate all those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces rather than only those who fought in war. On this special anniversary, I’d further propose that such recognition be extended to honor the families of veterans...

Bill Straub: Real winner of Tuesday’s election in Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin who wasn’t on ballot

The real winner emerging from Tuesday’s election in Kentucky wasn’t Rep. Andy Barr, who staged a come-from-behind victory in the Sixth Congressional District, or President “Tiny’’ Trump, who insisted to his supporters that this year’s vote was all about him. Nope. The honor goes to someone who wasn’t even on the ballot – St. Matt of New Hampshire, our boy Bevin, the reigning governor,...

Wayne Lewis: Now is the time to break down educational barriers in Kentucky’s rural schools

Almost half of Kentucky’s population lives in rural areas. That means a significant portion of Kentucky’s students are being educated in rural school districts. Our rural schools face unique challenges compared to our suburban and urban schools. A recent report by the Center for Public Education called “Out of the Loop,” noted poverty rates are higher and more persistent in rural areas as compared...

Constance Alexander: Making the jump into the unknown and believing in love with precious baby

Twin boys. Exciting news. A double blessing. Megan Scholl Lindberg and her husband were thrilled, as was their little girl, Malena. Preparations for the births began. “They were totally healthy and growing on track,” Megan recalls. At 34 weeks, the doctor said it was unlikely that the babies would stay put all the way to the target of 38 weeks. Two weeks later, the babies had gotten smaller and...

Jeff Rubin: Consequences of inaction in addressing Kentucky’s ageing population is an age-old problem

For several years now, I’ve been writing about and speaking to the demographic shift taking place in Kentucky, and the dangers inherent in the consequences of public inaction. The rapid growth in our aging population (20% of Kentucky’s population is now 60 or older) and those living longer (85-plus is the fastest growing age group) should give those in elective office reason for pause. Yet an...

Whitney H. Westerfield: Your vote matters, use it on November 6 to protect Kentucky’s crime victims

This Nov. 6 is the culmination of a three-year journey to bring Marsy’s Law to your ballot and educate you about why Kentucky crime victims deserve equal rights. I couldn’t be prouder or more thankful. When you see the question about constitutional rights for crime victims this Election Day, please know it is the result of the tireless efforts of crime victims, victims’ advocates, elected officials...

Bill Straub: Reagan once said ‘there is no room for intolerance,’ but Trump didn’t get the message

WASHINGTON – I can’t say with absolute certainty that the filth that gushes from the mouth of President “Tiny’’ Trump-like sewage through a straight pipe contributed to the current run of violence plaguing the nation, including the incident involving two African-Americans gunned down at a Jeffersontown Kroger last week for being black. There are experts who study the relationship between...

Constance Alexander: Murray Art Guild’s mosaic garden is inspired by hope and awash in color

When Murray Art Guild’s Hope Garden was officially unveiled last week, a gloomy, gray day burst into vibrant color. Eight participants from W.A.T.C.H., a day training program for developmentally and intellectually disabled adults, were on site to celebrate the installation of the community mosaic and marvel over the individual tiles they had made to create public art. With guidance by dedicated volunteers...

John Schickel: Proposed Marsy’s Law amendment would undermine Kentucky State Constitution

On Election Day (Nov. 6), citizens will vote on whether to amend our Kentucky State Constitution. The proposed amendment is known as Marsy’s Law. The Marsy’s Law campaign originated in California after a woman was tragically killed by her former boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend was released from jail on bond and proceeded to confront her family in a supermarket. In a recent ruling, Franklin County...

Mitch McConnell: Landmark opioids bill can save lives, get Kentucky back to work

The epidemic of opioid and substance abuse affects families in virtually every neighborhood in America. Its deadly toll hit a staggering record in Kentucky, where more than 1,500 people died from a drug overdose in 2017 alone. The only way to solve this crisis is through coordinated efforts at the local, state and federal levels. As the Senate Majority Leader, I have made responding to addiction a...

Mitch McConnell: Recent protest, intimidation attempt at Louisville restaurant didn’t ruin my meal

Recently, we’ve seen several examples that when the far left doesn’t get what it wants through the democratic process, it resorts to intimidation and mob tactics. This tendency was on full display during the debate over the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican Senators and their families were targeted by the mob at their homes, at airports, and in their cars....

Bill Straub: Kentucky commands nation’s attention as Andy Barr-Amy McGrath race goes down to the wire

WASHINGTON – Kentucky doesn’t often command the nation’s attention unless it happens to be the first Saturday in May or the Wildcats are making a run in March. But during this vital political season, a lot of eyes are turning toward the congressional race in the commonwealth’s Sixth District, which could determine which party controls the House. The contest between incumbent Rep. Andy Barr,...

Jeff Rubin: Ageing Equal; join international campaign fighting ageism; this discrimination must stop

October 1st marked the 70th Anniversary of International Human Rights Day. It also marked the start of a 70-day global awareness-raising campaign against ageism. Why focus on Ageism? Because the stereotyping (how we think), prejudice (how we feel), and discrimination (how we act) against people based solely upon their age is prevalent worldwide. In fact, according to the latest research, it may be...

Constance Alexander: A look at the psychology behind perfume, making sense of the scents

When my brother was in college, one of his girlfriends was a Chi Omega who’d been homecoming queen at Penn State. With a complexion smooth as rose petals and a Cindy Crawford beauty mark above the corner of her pouty lips, Judy was blond and gorgeous. Not only did she – quoting Lord Byron – “walk in beauty like the night,” she seemed to float along on a cloud of White Shoulders perfume. At...

Anna Baumann: New report shows Kentucky’s tax system contributes to increased income inequality

In Kentucky, the income inequality that exists between our poorest and wealthiest residents is magnified by the structure of our tax system. And thanks to the new tax law enacted by the 2018 General Assembly, that problem is getting worse. Income inequality is soaring in an economy where the winners increasingly take all. The wealthiest 1 percent of Kentuckians make 94 times more a year on average...

Bill Straub: McConnell breaking through bottom of barrel, blaming ‘entitlements’ for growth of deficit

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell is no longer scraping the bottom of the political barrel. No, it appears our boy from Louisville has broken through the bottom of said barrel and is in the process of digging his way through to China. Just how low can Mitch go? Wait and see. You may remember, apparently Mitch doesn’t, that the Congressional Budget Office...

Constance Alexander: Now more than ever, local newspapers matter in creating informed communities

When my mother was alive, her subscription to the Murray Ledger & Times provided daily reassurance that I, her youngest child, was safe and sound in faraway Kentucky. Mother, a native New Yorker, could not quite fathom how anyone would voluntarily relocate to a state a thousand miles from what had been home for a lifetime, but after a week of the ML&T, Mother was sold on Murray. “Nothing...

David Adkisson: Ky’s pro-growth policies create more jobs, high incomes, business confidence

Two recent studies conducted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce show that business confidence is growing among Kentucky business leaders and that Kentucky is growing faster in jobs, incomes, and population than most of its bordering states. The Chamber believes that recent pro-growth policy changes in Kentucky (for example, Kentucky moving this year from ranking 33rd to 23rd among states in our tax...

Commentary: Make substance abuse disorder treatment available when needed; it’s common sense

By Kim Moser and Bruce Scott Years of struggling, lost employment, disconnection from family, a feeling of hopelessness — all common issues faced by those suffering from substance abuse disorder. In many cases, interaction with the criminal justice system can also be added to the list. But what if someone wants assistance before they hit rock bottom? There is hope. Addiction is a chronic brain disease...

Bill Straub: Trump lies because he can, but with the numbers stacking up, few seem to care

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday of this week USA Today, which fancies itself a newspaper, published an op-ed piece from the president of the United States of America, one Donald J. Trump, in which he declared, among other things, that he had kept his campaign promises regarding health care, maintaining “that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care...