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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...

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...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Reviewing proper boating safety procedures in advance of Labor Day holiday

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The sun sets earlier each day and the kids are back in school. Summer is all but over. This inevitability prompts many to visit lakes, rivers and streams to get in that last weekend of the summer boating season during the Labor Day holiday weekend. “Our busiest weekend of the year,” said Maj. Shane Carrier, assistant director of law enforcement for the Kentucky...

Constance Alexander: The last holiday of summer also a time to honor the legacy of our labor unions

The pressman always talked too loud; in fact, he shouted. When I asked my father why Daddy explained that the man had to make himself heard above the presses. He had gotten so used to the din, he seemed unable to turn down the volume even when things were quiet. For so many people, work does not stop when the whistle blows, or the boss goes home, or the time clock punches them out. Today, technology...

Jeff Rubin: The real meaning of Labor Day — it’s more than just about the work

Now that the final sale days of summer are behind us, this would be a good time to consider the real meaning of Labor Day. It might also be a time to think about our own sense of labor and the role it plays in bringing meaning to our life and well-being to our community. A creation of the labor movement, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions workers make to the strength, prosperity, and well-being...

Mike Denham: Labor Day holds much more significance than simply marking end of summer

FRANKFORT – At their core, the major American holidays are bound by a common thread: They remind us of who we are and what we stand for, each and every year. While the Fourth of July celebrates our founding and freedom, Memorial Day and Veterans Day call on us never to forget the high price paid for those enduring gifts. Thanksgiving gives us a moment among loved ones to appreciate the many good...