A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

A joint statement from Mayor Hamberg, Judge-Executive Pendery on anniversary of Beverly Hills fire

Southgate Mayor Jim Hamberg and Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery jointly released the following statement regarding the site of the Beverly Hills Supper Club and the 40th anniversary of the fire that destroyed it: May 28, 1977, is a date many in Southgate, Campbell County, Northern Kentucky, and Greater Cincinnati will not soon forget. Forty years ago this month, the Beverly Hills Supper...

Kim Moser, Sal Santoro: Take time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation

As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, it is important that we take some time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in giving their lives for this great nation. The brave men and women who took the fall for our freedom are owed far more than could ever be repaid. While we use this holiday for many purposes, including visiting with family, grilling out in the backyard, or maybe just a day...

Betsy Johnson: Personal injury claims escalate against caregivers as easy liability deadline looms

Personal injury lawyers appear to have skipped their spring vacations this year. Instead, over the past few months, they have been spending big on attack ads and filing lawsuits left and right against Kentucky’s nursing homes, hospitals and caregivers. But why? The answer is not as simple as one might think. Has there been some decline in the care provided to Kentuckians? Of course not. Kentuckians...

Sen. McConnell: Battle against opioid addiction continues; increased federal funding will help

As many as two million Americans are struggling with prescription drug addiction across the nation.  Tragically, heroin and opioid overdoses claim an average of 91 lives every day.  This startling trend continues to get worse, especially here in Kentucky. But together, we can do more to fight back, and I will continue to assist those in Kentucky who are working to fight the epidemic. Since 2015,...

Bill Straub: McConnell sees Trump budget as ‘progress,’ but it’s at the expense of the have-nots

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell has had almost nothing to say about the hullaballoo surrounding President Trump and his administration’s curious ties with the Kremlin but he is waxing enthusiastic about a $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 proposed by the White House that, as you probably already have guessed, gives to them that’s got and takes from...

Donnie Holland: Remember Kentucky State Parks as you kick off your summer travel season

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff for the summer travel season at Kentucky State Parks. Summer travel is good for our parks and good for Kentucky. The money spent by tourists at state parks help communities across the state. The economic impact of Kentucky State Parks is nearly $900 million. Kentucky State Parks have always been special to me. I spent a summer while a teenager helping...

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie: Time for Congress to eliminate tax on Social Security benefits

On May 19th, I re-introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 2552). This bill would assist our struggling middle class by eliminating an unnecessary and unjust double-tax on seniors. Massie Social Security itself is financed by tax dollars, so forcing elderly and senior Americans to list these benefits as taxable income on their tax returns is absurd. This sneaky technique allows Congress...

Ken Ham: Ark Encounter and Creation Museum have significant economic impact on NKY and the state

AiG has been waiting for some time to see the mainstream secular media and anti-Christian bloggers report the truth concerning the economic impact of the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum and to report on the high number of guests visiting both attractions, bringing their tourist dollars into Kentucky. Ham On Facebook, I have posted 2016 figures the Kentucky state government has released about tourism...

Debra Henley: ‘Gift of Health’ is collective women’s effort to make NKY one of healthiest places in U.S.

Are you feeling philanthropic? Would you like to get involved with a worthwhile cause? Whether you would like a new way to give back or have never been involved in philanthropic work before, I would like to invite you to become a part of a group of women who support “The Gift of Health.” Throughout history, women have been leaders in creating social change and working to improve the lives of...

Lynne Saddler: After mild winter, take extra steps to protect from disease spread by animals

If you’re a fan of snowball fights, sledding or cold nights sitting by a warm fire, the winter of 2016-2017 was not a good one for you. If you’re a tick or a mosquito, the mild winter and a wet spring has led to a significant bump in your activity. If you’re a bat, it’s unclear yet how the mild winter will impact your activity this summer. Experts think it will lead to a shift in the population,...

Bill Straub: Trump’s handling of Comey, Russian investigation no joke — it’s a developing tragedy

WASHINGTON – Rep. James Comer, quickly earning his lackey credentials as he soars toward the top of the Republican’s party-before-country charts, has a rather provocative theory about President Trump asking now former FBI Director James Comey to lay off the Russia investigation – The Donald was displaying his inner Henny Youngman. It’s possible, according to the Tompkinsville Republican, that...

Brent Cooper: Thinking creatively, working together could produce more results like the CTI success

I was sitting in the NKY Convention Center Board meeting, listening to some of the wonderful things going on regarding our region, and I looked over at one of my colleagues and said, “I don’t think the average person in Northern Kentucky knows this is happening.” I was referring to the collaboration between the NKY Convention Center (NKYCC) and a new business (CTI Clinical Trial & Consulting...

Stephen Pruitt: Ensuring a strong public education system in Kentucky is top priority

This month, I am sharing my thoughts about an issue that stirred up a lot of feelings and opinions on both sides of the political aisle during the 2017 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly. House Bill 520, which was signed into law in March, gives local school boards and the mayors of Lexington and Louisville the authority to authorize charter schools. Nonprofits, parents, school administrators,...

John Schickel: Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the role of mothers and make it a special day for them

No other column has received such a positive response in recent times than the column in which I mentioned my mother and the problems facing our foster care system. It is Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 14, so I thought it would be a good time to talk a little bit more about mothers, families, and how important they are to Kentucky.   For many Kentuckians, no person has had a greater role in their...

Bill Straub: Given yet another chance to be a statesman, McConnell chooses party over country

WASHINGTON – A few months back, when word about the Trump administration’s all-too-close ties to the Kremlin started percolating, Sen. Rand Paul clearly stated what has come to pass as the Republican Party’s unofficial position on scrutinizing President Trump’s often disturbing activities. Fahgetaboutit. “I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation,...