A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Lynne Saddler: Food safety matters — here’s how to stay safe and still enjoy those fairs and festivals

For many Northern Kentucky families, eating at fairs and festivals is a tradition. For many individuals and companies in Northern Kentucky, providing food to those events is a business—and one that definitely booms particularly in the warm weather months. Between the two, the public and the operators, the Northern Kentucky Health Department has an important role: Ensuring that the food served at...

Bob Parsons: Financial abuse is as crippling as physical, emotional abuse — break the cycle

Financial abuse is pervasive, crippling, and often hidden. Though less apparent than physical or emotional abuse, financial perpetrators prevent their victims from acquiring, using, or maintaining financial resources. Abusers isolate spouses or partners, preventing them from work or transportation or seizing victims’ income. Victims may have their spending tightly monitored and restricted by a partner...

Bill Straub: If Bevin truly is a man of integrity, then it’s well past time that he shows some

WASHINGTON – There is some evidence that the glorious leader, Gov. Mad Matt Bevin, may have stepped in it this time, and he is reacting with all the smug, self-satisfaction of a used car dealer pawning off a Yugo with no engine to your grandmother. Bevin may – and it should be stressed that the word “may’’ is key here — be involved in a property transaction that could prove personally...

Lauren Gabbard: Kentucky has problems, people need to get involved, work together to find solutions

By Lauren Gabbard Special to the NKyTribune I’m a 25-year-old from Campbell County. I love Kentucky, and as a young person I want to be able to put down roots and find my place in our beautiful state. Kentuckians are facing a lot of hard problems, but I’ve been getting more involved in my local community and I’m seeing a lot of people working on great ideas. People have amazing ideas for their...

Sen. John Schickel: ‘I miss Mom,’ which makes me realize how children may need adoption, foster care

Mom died ten years ago on April 12. She was coming home from choir practice the Saturday before Easter, walked out to fill a bird feeder on the back porch, filled the bird feeder, sat down in a chair, and died. Mom raised eleven children. I never heard her complain and she taught me so many lessons, along with my dad.   Mom loved church music and folk music. One of her favorites was Joan Baez. I bought...

Billy Reed: Papa John Schnatter’s comments about UofL, Jurich generate smoke, but lack facts

Something wild and crazy broke out at the University of Louisville Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday, and I’m hoping it wasn’t a case of the “fake news” phenomenon that has become a matter of raging debate in recent months. Board member John Schnatter, founder and CEO of the Papa John’s pizza chain, turned comments about expansion of the football stadium that bears his name into a diatribe...

Bill Straub: Trump’s tent didn’t expand the GOP electorate; it’s white voters who are the difference

WASHINGTON – To be honest, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live any longer. The only thing that will keep me up that late watching television on a Saturday night is a ballgame that goes into extra innings. But I’m certainly familiar with the show, going back to its original broadcast with George Carlin as host in 1975. Like anything that has been around that long it’s had its ups and downs. ...

Sarah Lusher: Abused children like Megan are looking for their forever home (and family vacation)

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Many times, abuse goes unreported until it’s too late. DCCH Center for Children and Families, in Fort Mitchell, works hard to help those children who have already suffered greatly from physical, sexual and emotional abuse. DCCH Center also strives to keep these children safe, so they will never have to endure the abuse again. Megan, now 11, was...

Tom Haggard: Budget cuts for after school and summer programming is just wrong; they do work

In a news conference recently detailing President Trump’s budget proposal to Congress, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney said, “There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually helping results, helping kids do better at school.” (Qiu, 2017) This was to justify why the administration had eliminated funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC)...

Mark Ihrig: Communication lifeline to First Responders

First responders rely on the County’s emergency communications system to protect the public and for their personal safety. Ihrig The communications system is critical infrastructure for public safety and a lifeline for our first responders. This includes the radio system that provides the means to communicate and the 911 Dispatch Center operation which answers 911 calls, dispatches first responders,...

Hiram Polk: Public Health makes a difference in all our lives, dedicated to healthier communities

Have you eaten at a restaurant lately? Did you brush your teeth this morning? If so, the Department for Public Health (DPH) has touched your life. DPH doesn’t only inspect the conditions of restaurants you visit, but also worked to make Kentucky the first state to add fluoride to your water to help protect your teeth. As a component of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, DPH is dedicated...

John Schickel: ‘Productive, historic session’ produced positive change for Kentucky

Second of two parts It was an honor to serve Boone County in Frankfort this session. Called the “most productive and historic session” in history, I, along with my colleagues in the Senate, were proud to stand with Kentuckians as we passed historic legislation alongside our new House Majority. In November of 2016, citizens from across the Commonwealth gave us a mandate through the electoral process...

John Schickel: Honor to work with new House Majority during busy 2017 Legislative Session

Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Schickel Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Governor Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work alongside the Governor with the new House Majority to pass many great...

Helen Carroll: When parents engage with schools, children and their communities prosper

There is no greater influence in a child’s life than parenting. The people we become rests on the foundation of our parents’ love, care and choices they make about how we grow, learn and prosper. Parents’ involvement in school is critical to that foundation and has lasting impacts on the parents themselves, their children and their communities. For 280,000 Kentucky children, Pre-K through grade...

Dennis Keene: A look back at KY General Assembly, good and bad, and how policies will play out

The 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is now history, and with its conclusion comes the consideration of what was accomplished, both good and bad, and how the adoption of these policies will play out for the future of the Commonwealth. It was a busy session, with 793 bills introduced overall, and 203 approved by both chambers. Already signed into law by the governor are 146 bills. Additionally,...