A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Constance Alexander: ‘Music Alive’ program offers hope to Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers alike

More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and more than 15 million are providing unpaid care for them. Total up the cost, and it is estimated that the 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care and assistance to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia contribute a whopping $230.1 billion to the nation. If those numbers are not enough to get your attention, get a load of this: •...

Jenny Minier: Any immigration policy must recognize the value immigrants bring to our economy

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was implemented by President Barack Obama to grant temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, as long as they are enrolled in school or working. Given President Donald Trump’s recent decision to end DACA, Congress must work on a policy solution that will allow the nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” currently...

Jeff Rubin: Yes, the bumper sticker is right on — if you can read this, thank a teacher; they believed. . .

If you can read this, thank a teacher. I saw that bumper sticker on the back of a car I was following on the highway the other day. The sticker brought a smile to my face. More than that, it made me think about the important role teachers have played in my own life growing up. A role that could just as easily be applied to anyone of us, including our children and grandchildren. Throughout my formative...

Jessica Estes: Kentucky Nurse Practitioners are vital resource for quality, essential health care

Imagine, for a moment, that where you lived dictated the quality of health care you received. Could you reside in an area devoid of primary care options, with health issues and no way to treat them? This imaginary scenario would be the reality for far more Kentuckians without the work of nurse practitioners.   November 12-18th marks National Nurse Practitioner Week. It is a time to showcase and appreciate...

Kelly Harper: Kids rely on state budget for a quality education; we must advocate for adequate funding

In 2018, the Kentucky legislature will be crafting the next state budget for the upcoming two years. While pension reform plans have been the major topic of discussion recently, Kentucky is also facing potential budget cuts that pose a real threat to adequate funding for our schools and supports for students. As we look for what our students need, the primary school funding formula – or SEEK funding...

Mitch McConnell: Seeing success in the process of putting the right judges on the nation’s courts

There’s an important issue that hasn’t gotten a lot of headlines, but it’s a key part of President Trump’s agenda. In fact, it will have a significant and beneficial impact on the future of our country for generations to come.   This crucial issue is the confirmation of well-qualified individuals to serve as federal judges. Unlike the House of Representatives, it is the Senate’s responsibility...

Bill Straub: Go figure (if you can) the double-talk that doesn’t want to add to deficit except for ‘tax cut’

Our old friend, the Wonder Boy, Rep. Thomas Massie, has built a well-earned reputation as a budget hawk, voting, for instance, against a measure sending disaster aid to communities damaged by Hurricane Harvey because it added to the federal deficit. Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, has called adding to the national debt, which currently rests at $20.5 trillion, “lunacy’’ and that it “must...

New BCPL Chapin branch public service assistant introduces herself to the Petersburg community

By Timola Hall Special to the NKyTribune My name is Timola Hall, and I started working at Boone County Public Library in August of 2017 as the Public Service Assistant at Chapin Memorial Library in Petersburg.  In my short time here, I have really enjoyed getting to know all the people and various personalities that make the library a great place to work. Hall Chapin Memorial Library is a perfect...

Constance Alexander: When it comes to end-of-life decisions, it’s important for patients to have control

When my mother hit her mid-80s, she told me – in no uncertain terms – that if she was diagnosed with cancer, that was it. She did not want to live out her last days suffering through debilitating treatment. “Enough’s enough,” she said in a determined, no-nonsense tone. Mother never had to make that choice, but if she had, I hope my family could have been as resilient and supportive as the...

Letter to the Editor: Teacher writes open letter to Gov. Bevin about pensions; classroom work changes lives

Dear Governor Bevin, Before you make decisions in regards to the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System, I wanted to make you aware of the power of a public education. Although words truly cannot do this justice, I will do my best to attempt to make this as real as possible for you. The things I am about to share are difficult to put into words, but I believe they need to be shared so that you, and even...

John Schickel: Honoring the 330,000 Kyians who have served our country and remembering the fallen

Kentucky’s military history runs deep within our culture and families. Even before our great Commonwealth became a state, Kentuckians embodied the boldness that service requires, stepping forward to defend and explore our young nation at a time of great uncertainty.   That boldness has continued throughout the years as brave Kentuckians have gone to the trenches on the Western Front, the beaches...

Bill Straub: Scott Pruitt and the EPA he leads are no longer protecting the environment for long term

Anyone clinging to the notion that Belle Brezing is the most notorious prostitute ever produced by Lexington isn’t paying attention to the antics of Scott Pruitt, top dog at the Environmental Protection Agency. While it can be argued that the services provided by Ms. Brezing and her employees did little real harm to the denizens of Fayette County and those visiting town for the races back in the...

Dorsey Ridley: Bill to save Kentucky’s pensions finally released, but success remains doubtful

A draft of the massive 505-page bill to address Kentucky’s public pension challenges was released in the late hours of Friday. I expect the draft bill reflects what was disclosed a few weeks ago when the governor released an outline of the proposed legislation but further scrutiny may cause additional concerns. The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy analysis of the bill has already found that money...

Constance Alexander: Sexual harassment, assault are rampant but ‘Me too’ starts with one voice

When I posted a “Me Too” invitation on my Facebook page last week, the replies about women’s experiences with sexual harassment, assault, and rape were overwhelming. From Main Street to Madison Avenue, the voices are legion. Most had been taught that girls are meant to be seen and not heard. That is why one of my responders, only 10 at the time, was shocked and confused when a stranger put his...

Brent Cooper: Spooked by cybercrime? You should be. Take steps to enhance your security

It’s a scary time, and not just because Halloween is upon us. Those in the cybersecurity world, like technology expert Dave Hatter (who is also the Mayor of Fort Wright) have been sounding the alarm for years. “Cybersecurity is a top issue for our entire community.” said Hatter. “We need to do more to protect ourselves. With a seemingly endless stream of increasingly sophisticated attacks,...