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Joe Heller: Cartoonist’s view of news of week — debt ceiling, secret documents, shootings, gas stoves

                Joe Heller was the editorial cartoonist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wis., from 1985 until being laid off in July 2013. He still draws several cartoons a week and distributes them through his own syndicate. Through Heller Syndication, his cartoons regularly appear in more than 400 newspapers, making him the most successful...

Michael Adams: Kentucky’s election reform continues with lessons learned from November 2022 midterms

Voters will head to the polls in less than four months to vote in the 2023 primary election for governor, secretary of state and other constitutional offices. As my team has prepared, we have looked to lessons learned from the November 2022 elections. First and foremost, the midterms showed that early voting works. At my urging, in 2021 the General Assembly acted in a bipartisan fashion to enact it,...

Bill Straub: A whacko here, a whacko there — and a totally whacko select committee; it won’t end well

It’s official: The chimps are running the zoo. Once upon a time, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, was considered an oddball, even by the exacting standards of his own party. And, it should be noted, the Wonder Boy over the years has provided fellow Republicans, and all other sentient beings for that matter, with ample evidence to draw that conclusion. Compiling a list of what might...

Al Cross: As she runs with a big issue, Craft raises questions about her approach

Elections should be about issues, not just candidates. So, Republican Kelly Craft is to be commended for making the first substantive commercial in the governor’s race about one of Kentucky’s most difficult issues: drug abuse that led to 2,250 overdose deaths in 2021. We need to talk more about the issue, because it still swims in stigma that makes it difficult for individuals, communities and...

Emily Beauregard: New tax cuts put in place by House Bill 1 are bad for Kentucky’s health

When is a tax cut NOT a tax cut? When a permanent reduction in state revenue is based on a temporary surplus in the state budget. The result is an unsustainable situation – a tax cut that ends up raising taxes elsewhere and harms our ability to fund the vital programs that keep Kentuckians healthy and thriving. Right now state budgets across the country are full as a result of emergency pandemic...

Constance Alexander: Technological failures and flops challenge users of all ages

I swipe my card. Nothing happens. The young man behind the counter says, “Try again.” Still nothing. Immediately I feel guilty, sure I did something wrong. He taps a few keys on his console and frowns at the screen. Nada. He unplugs the modem and we wait. In the uneasy silence, a blush creeps from his collar to his jawbone and cheeks, finally resting on the tips of his earlobes. (Photo provided) Other...

Jackie McGranahan: Hair discrimination is a very real issue, and it’s time for KY lawmakers to take action

Untangling my hair and my self-identity is tough enough on its own. Imagine trying to do it under a barrage of questions from people who have never been in my shoes – the insensitive comments and the non-consensual touching. Hair discrimination is not new and not unique to me. I remember recognizing the differences between myself and those around me as a young child. No one else in my class had beads...

Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s take on the news of the week in broad strokes and few words

            Joe Heller was the editorial cartoonist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wis., from 1985 until being laid off in July 2013. He still draws several cartoons a week and distributes them through his own syndicate. Through Heller Syndication, his cartoons regularly appear in more than 400 newspapers, making him the most successful self-syndicated...

Ben Dusing: An open letter to the community back home from shell-shocked outreaches of Ukraine

(Editor’s note: Suspended attorney Ben Dusing and his colleague John Gardner have been in the Ukraine for several weeks, involved in the massive humanitarian effort there. They have acquired a van and an ambulance to carry food and medical supplies to people caught in the crossfire and devastation of parts of the Ukraine occupied — or formerly occupied — by the Russians. Dusing’s...

Bill Straub: A smoldering relationship spells trouble for McCarthy/McConnell; Mitch keeps his head

History is full of stories about people who worked closely in pursuit of a common goal yet couldn’t stand one another. In the arts, for instance, Gilbert could hardly tolerate occupying the same room as Sullivan. Simon and Garfunkle have been smearing each other for years. Ray and Dave Davies knocked off hit after hit as The Kinks but it didn’t stop them from throwing punches at each other on stage....

Jacqueline Coleman: It’s time to invest in our future and transformational change for all Kentuckians

The Beshear-Coleman administration is, and always will be, education first. Education is the key to unlocking transformational change for all Kentuckians. Education breaks cycles of poverty and creates new cycles of success. Education is how we prepare our workforce for the jobs of the future. Education is how Kentucky competes in a global economy. In the past three years, private companies have invested...

Amye Bensenhaver: A money-grab that will harm disadvantaged patients; medical records are yours

Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

 Just another attempt by Kentucky lawmakers to take from the poor and give to the rich.

 The pretext for this most recent money grab is the “huge burden on the health care system when it comes to medical records” and a promise to “lower overall health care costs.”

 HB 51, sponsored by Representative Kim Moser (R-Taylor Mill), is...

Constance Alexander: Governor’s Awards in the Arts ‘celebrate the talents of so many Kentuckians’

Sunlight streamed through the stained-glass dome as snippets of conversation echoed in the hallowed halls of the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. A statue of native son Abraham Lincoln stood in the center, calmly observing the increasing hubbub while guests and recipients assembled last week for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts 2022. The speeches — including a flurry of official statements from...

Bill Cunningham: Unlikely friendship transcends scourge of racial segregation to last a lifetime

Several years ago, on my birthday, a son asked me to recount the greatest changes in my lifetime — changes that I never expected to see. The answer was easy: The end of the Cold War and Civil Rights. I grew up in the segregation days of the Jim Crow South. Whites and blacks were segregated, always separate. There were separate public restrooms and water fountains, and separate seating at public...

Joe Heller: Cartoonist’s perspective on week’s news: MLK, Biden docs, egg prices, heating bills, Spare

                    Joe Heller was the editorial cartoonist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wis., from 1985 until being laid off in July 2013. He still draws several cartoons a week and distributes them through his own syndicate. Through Heller Syndication, his cartoons regularly appear in more than 400 newspapers, making him...