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Bill Straub: Mocking Indiana Jones isn’t appropriate response to the real problem of climate change

The United Kingdom’s Met Office, which serves as that nation’s weather service, recently determined that the world’s oceans have warmed to a greater degree than previously thought, indicating that previous estimates of global climate change have been too low. Meanwhile, a recently released report from the International Monetary Fund, the University of Cambridge and the University of Southern...

Keith Taylor: With Marty Brennaman set to retire, it’s hard to imagine listening to Reds game without him

I can’t remember the first time I heard Marty Brennaman on the radio. He’s been calling Cincinnati Reds baseball games almost all of my life and is among the best in the business. He will finish his 46th season next month and bid farewell to the booth. That’s a lot of baseball, not to mention a ton of memories. I remember when I was young, I began listening to Reds games when on the radio when...

Ron Daley: J.D. Vance’s book ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ fosters negative stereotypes of Eastern Kentuckians

J. D. Vance’s 2016 book “Hillbilly Elegy” about his family’s life in Breathitt County does not reflect the people I have been neighbors with for the past 44 years.  Even though this Yale Law graduate spent his life in Middleton, Ohio with some visits to his family’s hometown in the mountains, his microscopic description of his dysfunctional family will continue to foster negative stereotypes...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for today’s youth on exceptionalism through family

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Last week we wrote about how important it can be to choose the right life partner, but what is the real purpose, the primary goal, of family? When we have children, raising them will be the most important thing our family does. It will be up to us to provide necessities for our children. It will be up to us to teach them...

Dr. Neal Moser: Cure can’t be worse than disease; IDR is best protection against ‘surprise bills’

Congress must protect Kentucky patients from surprise medical care bills   Protecting patients is a critical component of my work as a physician. But sometimes, we can’t protect them when it comes to the financial fallout of the medical care they require. Far too often, my patients are hit with large medical bills that they don’t expect, especially if they receive emergency treatment from an out-of-network...

Mitch McConnell: Kentucky leads the way with industrial hemp, as new doors are open for farmers

Kentucky’s farmers are among the best in the world. It’s no surprise agriculture leaders from around the country are looking to the Bluegrass State and our prospering hemp industry. Right now, hemp is growing in 101 of our 120 counties and $100 million worth of Kentucky grown and processed hemp products are expected to be sold this year alone.   Our Commonwealth is proud of our long history with...

Charlie Vance: Mental health — the impact for Kentucky employers; there is a crisis

Let me start by stating the obvious: we have a mental health crisis that is national in scale and also very much affecting our local community. This is a particularly poignant time for our community to have this discussion because of the recent reprehensible mass shootings and several high-profile celebrity suicides. Additionally, many of us are still healing from the recent suicide of a revered...

Bill Straub: Following the McConnell footsie game through Russia to an aluminum plant in Greenup

They don’t call him Moscow Mitch for nothing. Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell, of Louisville, has earned so many derogatory nicknames over the past few years that there are too many to list in a single column. Some, like Darth Vader and The Grim Reaper, he embraces with aplomb. But the one that gets under his skin is the aforementioned Moscow Mitch, duly earned...

Edwin King: A regional approach to homelessness is consistent with the challenge facing communities

The Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) works with organizations throughout the Commonwealth to address the diverse housing needs of our citizens. King Many of the projects KHC supports target certain populations with specific housing needs – multifamily housing affordable for working families, supportive housing for persons with disabilities, permanent housing to move people from homelessness, energy...

Amye Bensenhaver: ‘Sunshine is a disinfectant’ and the law; reporter Yetter tells stories of child deaths

In 2016, the Kentucky Court of Appeals issued a scathing opinion to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in an open records dispute involving access to child fatality or near fatality records maintained by the Cabinet. Reporter Debby Yetter’s devastating analysis of where Kentucky is today — three years after the court condemned the culture of secrecy in the Cabinet and nine years after the...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about exceptionalism through marriage

Columns for families based on the book It Can Be Done @studentsleadusa Marriage is a union that many Americans consider central to their lives, with about half of American adults choosing marriage. Most people choose their partners for love, but hopefully not blind love. Several practical things about marriage, beyond love, can make a big difference. If we choose an unwise partner, there’s a good...

Commentary: Tired of all the noise? Tips on bridging the political divide — and decluttering your life

The 2020 U.S. presidential campaign is upon us, coming at a time when researchers and pundits deem the country polarized.    There’s a lot of shouting on both sides of the political aisle and on television media panel discussions. While debate is healthy in a democracy, citizens and social observers worry that the political atmosphere has become so toxic that too many people with different party...

Wayne Lewis: As the workplace continues to change, education must evolve to prepare students

One of the best parts of being education commissioner is having the opportunity to travel across Kentucky, talking with and spending time with students, educators, parents and community stakeholders. There are many good things happening in schools and communities across the Commonwealth, and I am privileged to get to see and hear so much of it for myself. One of my most recent trips was to Graves County,...

Bill Straub: Kentucky politics with all its ins and outs comes down to two issues — abortion and guns

Once you work your way through the briars, brambles, and bushes where a rabbit couldn’t go in Kentucky politics, you’ll discover that elections often come down to just two issues – abortion and guns. Taxes are always on everyone’s mind but few, if any, have ever run a successful statewide campaign promising to raise levies, regardless of the obvious need. The economy often plays a part but...

Al Cross: We learned some meaningful things at Fancy Farm; raucous crowd tells us a lot too

FANCY FARM, Ky. – For all its hoopla, the political speaking at the Fancy Farm Picnic rarely has much effect on statewide elections. But it always provides a unique measurement of the candidates, their campaigns and their prospects, and this year’s version told us some meaningful things about Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and his challenger, Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear. The speaking has...