A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Bill Straub: Despite host of critics, Obama will go down as one of our most consequential presidents

LONDON – The man much of Kentucky loves to hate, a Kenyan pretender who openly worships Allah and has waged a sickening war against white people over the past eight years, is finally moving out of the Oval Office and into the ignominy he deserves. Barak Hussein (ha ha, Hussein) Obama has led this great nation down the garden path for too long and it’s time the reins of power be turned over to...

Ryan Quarles: Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness of the hunger problem in Kentucky; rally in Frankfort

The Kentucky Hunger Initiative got off to a great start in 2016. We convened the Hunger Task Force, a group of leaders from agriculture, government, business, education, charitable organizations, and the faith community, to apply their unique skills and experiences to take on hunger in Kentucky. We held 10 regional meetings throughout the Commonwealth to study the sources of hunger, identify the unique...

Richard Nelson: Struggle fueled by Martin Luther King’s ideals continues — and applies more broadly

Race relations in many of our cities may be their poorest since the late 1960’s, but today we celebrate the courage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who dedicated his life to restoring racial equality under the law. Dr. King, who navigated an even tougher political environment, invested much of his life to restore the basic dignity of black men and women systematically deprived of things most take...

Billy Reed: King, Ali provided voices of both reason and revolution during turbulent times

From humble beginnings in the segregated South, they grew up to become the disparate voices of Black America in the 1960s, the dark and defining era when the nation was ripped asunder by two wars – one in the steamy jungles of Vietnam, the other in the streets and backroads of the Deep South. When Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born in Louisville on Jan. 17, 1942, Martin Luther King Jr. was in Atlanta,...

Commentary: Right-to-work laws are proven catalyst for growing jobs, opportunities; KY is 27th RTW state

By Luke Hilgemann and Julia Crigler Special to NKyTribune As state lawmakers propose all kinds of ways to boost economic opportunity, there’s one policy that’s rightly gaining momentum: right-to-work laws. Right-to-work laws do more than protect individuals from being required to join a union as a condition of employment. They are a proven catalyst for expanding jobs and opportunities...

Bill Straub: Limiting debate not their finest hour as Republicans exert new muscle in Frankfort

WASHINGTON – There’s an old story – much too good to fact check – about Earl K. Long, who became governor of the sovereign state of Louisiana back in the late fifties by making outrageous promises to the bankers and oilmen who owned the joint lock, stock and barrel. On inauguration day ol’ Earl took up residence in his new office in Baton Rouge and pretty soon the bankers and oil men showed...

Newport Independent Schools superintendent Middleton praises Board of Education

By Kelly Middleton Special to NKyTribune The word “achievement” is used often in public education. We say it quite a bit — and strive for it even more — in the Newport Independent Schools. Helping students achieve at their highest level is a daily task and an overriding goal that is practiced and followed by every one of our teachers, staff, and administrators. Another group also needs...

Richard Nelson: Gov. Bevin signs pro-life legislation into law, and I supported both of the bills

An interesting thing happened in Frankfort a few days ago. For the first time in the history of the legislature, bills actually passed the House and Senate during the first week of business. Traditionally, it was an “organizational” week where little was accomplished.  Most notably, significant steps have been taken to protect two classes of people: women and children. HB 2 requires abortionists...

Commentary: Cutting wages would not help Kentucky create a more prosperous economy

By Jason Bailey Special to NKyTribune Legislative leaders say the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly will focus on jobs and the economy. That priority is welcome given challenges across the state. But the policy issues reportedly topping the to-do list — making Kentucky a right-to-work state and repealing the prevailing wage law — would not help, but would actually hinder the goal of creating a more...

John Schickel: Reporting from Frankfort, some bills should be signed into law already, including RTW

Greetings from Frankfort where snow is on the ground and we are having a first week of session like I have never seen before. Majority leadership has made the decision to pass several bills in this first week which we have passed in the Senate for years but have been held up by the Democratic House pass the first week. Since it takes five days to pass a bill—and that is without any hiccups—and...

Bill Straub: Massie’s Second Amendment Caucus may be be out of step with mood of country

WASHINGTON – The Whiz Kid is at it again. Just a little more than a week before the city of Louisville revealed that 2016 proved to be its deadliest, with homicides reaching at least 113 and law enforcement authorities responding to more than 400 shooting reports, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, is revving up that old Second Amendment war horse, essentially promising the good...

Richard Nelson: Change is needed, divisions are deep and wide — let the healing start with you

Political commentators and celebrities are bidding good riddance to 2016 largely because of the ideological divide and politics that separates the nation.  It’s a singular way to gauge a year, as if politics is the measure of all things. Coming off a holiday season celebrating with family is a reminder that there are more important things in life. Jacques Ellul warned about making everything...

Brigitte Blom Ramsey: As legislators convene, a reminder of the need for a bold new agenda

As Kentucky’s legislators convene for the 2017 General Assembly, they have clearly communicated their plans to focus on job creation and education – appropriately linking economic and workforce development with equipping our students to compete in a global economy and strengthen the talent pipeline that will position our state for success. Bold goals coupled with adequate resources and accountability...

Tyler Campbell: Small business depends on technology for climate to foster, attract entrepreneurs

It is certainly no exaggeration to say that small businesses form the backbone of our state’s economy. That’s why it is so important that our elected leaders in Frankfort do everything possible to help these small businesses thrive in a 21st century environment.   Small businesses are a key driver of Kentucky’s economy, and the numbers tell the story. The Commonwealth is home to more than 341,000...

Dave Hatter: State of Fort Wright, new financial transparency portal, infrastructure, street plan, more

2016 was another great year for the City of Fort Wright thanks to a strong team effort between you, our residents and businesses, our city council, and our dedicated staff. As 2016 comes to a close and we prepare for 2017, I’d like to take a moment to update our residents and share the good news about our community. First, I am very happy to report that thanks to the vision, financial acumen and...