A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Community Farm Alliance: Defeated Farm bill failed to provide safety net, immigration solution

By Laura Peot Stevens and Bree Pearsall On May 29, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, the House’s version of the Farm Bill. Community Farm Alliance does not support H.R. 2 because it fails basic responsibilities of providing a safety net for farmers and the food insecure. Stevens (left) and Pearsall Ironically, the bill failed not because...

Bill Straub: McConnell to become longest-serving GOP boss, takes home-run trot as ‘Rome’ burns

WASHINGTON – Back in January 2007, when Mitch “Root ‘n Branch’’ McConnell was just beginning what will become his historic run as the longest serving Senate Republican leader in history, Congress was held in broad contempt by the American public with only 35 percent of those questioned in the Gallup Poll expressing approval. Sen. Mitch McConnell Under McConnell, first as the minority leader...

Melissa Martin: Getting caught up in the darknet; devices often misused for illegal activities

Whenever a device (Internet) is developed for the good—there are those who will counterfeit it for bad. World Wide Web, surface web, deep web, dark web, and darknet (or dark net) are terms referring to Internet functions. Clear as mud to me; a person from the generation that grew up without computer technology and without the Internet. Martin Surface web. The portion of the World Wide Web that is...

Sec. Quarles: As we celebrate Hemp History Week; let’s help Kentucky make its own mark

This week Americans celebrate Hemp History Week. Here in Kentucky, we know industrial hemp is a crop that connects our past to our future. A quick survey of the crop’s history proves it is time for us to make our own mark on hemp history and allow it to flourish. Quarles The history of the United States is entwined with hemp’s history. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are believed to have...

Constance Alexander: As a teenager, a springtime drive along Main Street provided a lasting memory

In the northeast where I grew up, it was springtime until prom was over and graduation loomed. The promise of summer glimmered on the landscape, just barely out of reach. By early June, the days began to stretch out like a sinuous silk road that led to somewhere better, someplace special, something more exciting than a small town where you could tell time by the train whistles and the chimes of the...

AG Beshear: Every community must join our fight against modern-day slavery – human trafficking

Victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless. Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world and sadly, our Kentucky communities are not immune. Beshear In Kentucky, both adults and children are coerced into illegal sex trafficking, domestic servitude...

Tim Wells: In Louisville, Waste Management strives for sustainability, a template for others

Louisville is home to iconic landmarks, expansive parks, the mighty Ohio River and a downtown area rich with culture and history. There is no denying it’s a beautiful city.   Over the years, local officials and community leaders have protected the area’s natural assets while creating a clean and vibrant environment for its citizens.   The business community has also stepped up to make Louisville...

Bill Straub: It’s Trump, Trump and more Trump in KY, where he is in pretty high cotton no matter what

Whither President Donald J. Trump? Well into his second year in office, Trump continues to divide the nation in a manner not seen since the late ‘60s. Polls show his job approval consistently hovers in the low 40s and Republican congressional leaders are concerned his status will result in massive losses come Election Day. But there remain some places where Trump is viewed with regard. And, despite...

Judy Clabes: Celebrating yet another wedding anniversary — 52 years with lifetime to go

(This column first appeared as we celebrated our 48th anniversary. We’ve just passed the 52nd one, so I’m sharing it again. Sometimes we need to be reminded that relationships can last, commitments can be kept — and love really does conquer all — if you can just get over the rest of it.) May 28, 1966, a day emblazoned in my memory, the day of our wedding now 52 years ago. ...

Sen. John Schickel: Remembering true meaning of Memorial Day; celebrate with respect, gratitude

Across Boone County, we await the arrival of Memorial Day weekend. As family and friends gather, it is imperative to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country. The brave soldiers who fought and died, defending the freedom we covet as Americans, deserve our respect and gratitude. Collectively, I ask that we pay tribute and celebrate the true meaning of the upcoming holiday.   We...

Mitch McConnell: Senate working with Pres. Trump on defense funding, judges and more

The Senate is working with President Trump to secure significant accomplishments for the American people, from combating the opioid epidemic to providing the largest year-on-year increase in defense funding in 15 years. However, there’s one key issue I want to especially highlight because it can set our nation on the right path for generations to come. It’s the Senate’s successes in confirming...

Bill Straub: White House turned into ATM machine and other ugly stuff; McConnell’s getting fleas

Any attempt to pinpoint President Trump’s most grievous sin against the body politic is rather like picking out one particular star in a moonless night sky – the process could continue forever. A simple recitation of the known violence the president has perpetrated upon the nation he was chosen to serve would sate an entire column even without the usual smart-aleck asides. There is, of course,...

Gov. Bevin: Kentucky’s low unemployment numbers, economic growth are reasons for optimism

“We are Kentucky!” This is more than just a simple catchphrase. From our cities to our rural communities, the Commonwealth’s greatest assets are our people. When given the opportunity, the ability of Kentuckians to accelerate our state’s economic engine is greater than any government program. A good job empowers our fellow citizens to provide for their families and contribute to their communities....

The Primary: Flesch, Covington Commission; Walton, Boone Commissioner; Hall, Congress, 4th District

JOHN FLESCH Covington City Commission In Covington, “what is old, seems new, and what is new, seems comfortably familiar.” Covington conveys an easy sense of warmth, acceptance, and friendship. It conveys an easy sense of home. With his wife, Laura (nee Hornbeck), beginning her career at Children’s Hospital, John Flesch became the stay-at-home parent upon the birth of their first child. With...

Primary Kenton County: Sanders, Commonwealth’s Atty; Chapman, Sheriff; Roush, family court

ROB SANDERS Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney I’m Rob Sanders and I’m asking for your vote to keep serving as Commonwealth’s Attorney in Kenton County. I’ve got 12 years’ experience as chief felony prosecutor and in that time the Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office has transformed into the best prosecutor’s office in Kentucky! We have a proven record of taking...