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Edouard Tende: Kentucky embraced me and I have thrived; now it’s time to embrace refugees

When I left the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017, seeking refuge in the hills of Northern Kentucky, I wasn’t sure what the future held. My wife and I sought asylum here after a former business partner robbed me and threatened my life. That meant leaving our family, giving up my maintenance business and building new lives from scratch. But this was our second chance, and we vowed to seize every...

Woody Keown: We must stand up, speak out and unite against hate to achieve true American Dream

Editor’s Note: On Sunday, leaders from across the community united against hate in downtown Cincinnati. These are the remarks delivered by Woody Keown, president of the Underground Railroad Museum against hate and in support of inclusive freedom for all. As we stand up, speak out, and unite against hate.. . I’m Woody Keown, and I have the honor to serve as President of the National Underground...

Commentary: Over 50 KY economists urge federal elected officials to enact carbon pricing

By Christine Cunha Missik, MD and David Anderson, PhD   Climate change poses a serious threat to our natural environment and to our economic prosperity. It threatens our health, our crops, our infrastructure, our way of life. Kentuckians are already experiencing the harmful effects of extreme weather events. The damage will only worsen if we do nothing to mitigate climate change.   Now is the time...

Mac Brown: Despite ‘sugarcoating’ of pandemic response, Beshear’s leadership disastrous for Ky.

In a recent column, Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear sugarcoats his response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky and attempts to take credit for everything from the state’s finances to vaccine distribution and more, while ignoring his own failures. Gov. Beshear even tried to claim recognition for reopening schools and businesses – even as our students and economy continue to struggle under his executive...

Al Cross: Mitch McConnell’s silence makes him less worthy of leadership — at what price is power?

So, Liz is out. What about Mitch? Republican House members’ removal of Rep. Elizabeth Cheney from their leadership Wednesday made some people wonder if Donald Trump’s next target/victim is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Don’t bet on it. McConnell and the senators who elect him leader serve six-year terms, which give them much more insulation from political tribulation than the two years...

Bill Straub: We can’t have bipartisanship when McConnell says his job is to stop the administration

You can be forgiven if you viewed President Biden’s decision this week to meet with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to develop a compromise on infrastructure legislation as something akin to Julius Caesar calling Brutus, Cassius and the boys together at the Theater of Pompey to hammer out a deal on issues bedeviling the Roman Republic. McConnell, of Louisville, has after all firmly established...

George Fuchs: Healthy eating habits start at home; 40% of adolescents are overweight or obese

From an early age, children are exposed to messaging that informs their food preferences that in turn shapes their eating habits. There is a direct correlation between the marketing of sugary snacks and drinks and health issues pediatricians see in their young patients. Dr. Fuchs An alarming 40% of adolescents are overweight or obese; that can set them up for serious health issues later in life, including...

Jason Bailey: This one weird trick will help Kentucky employers find workers

As the economy is beginning to recover, we’re hearing the return of old, discredited claims that people just aren’t willing to work. Pay attention and you’ll notice that such complaints are loudest from companies that offer below-living wages, inadequate benefits and poor workplace flexibility. Yet such employers want highly qualified, eager applicants to line up for their jobs. As the...

Gov. Andy Beshear: Kentucky’s economy showing record-breaking momentum — safely and sustainably

The string of positive economic news continues in the Commonwealth. Kentucky’s sales tax receipts from April hit $486.5 million and our vehicle usage tax receipts hit over $64 million. These are the highest ever reported in the history of the Commonwealth and they are generated solely from economic activity. Fitch Ratings – one of the nation’s Big 3 credit rating agencies – also boosted its...

Anna Baumann: Chocolates and flowers are nice, but better policies are what’s needed this Mother’s Day

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, this Mother’s Day is a critical time to acknowledge the harms of the pandemic on women in Kentucky — particularly women of color and low-income women — and commit to a recovery that doesn’t just return to the pre-COVID status quo, but that creates the conditions needed for all people and families to thrive. Historically, state and federal policies...

Kate Miller: General Assembly’s legislative session results in mixed bag for Kentuckians’ civil liberties

The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up a whirlwind legislative session with a variety of wins and losses for civil liberties. This year, the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky tracked over 270 bills, testified in committees, and worked with lawmakers over countless texts, calls, emails, and zooms. We also connected Kentuckians with direct experiences related to issues like incarceration,...

John Schickel: Successful Derby shows Kentucky’s beloved horse industry has come charging back

Despite the difficulties brought on by COVID-19 over these past 14 months, I was happy to join my fellow Kentuckians in witnessing the Kentucky Derby once again showcasing an excitement only our Commonwealth can offer. I long for the day when packed grandstands rumble with the enthusiasm of spectators. Although there were still restrictions on this year’s derby, I am proud of the months of work...

Bill Straub: If you wonder what’s up, it’s that Mitch McConnell, GOP are ready to ‘Defend White People’

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is notorious for playing things close to the vest. This is the man who, after all has suffered the slings and arrows of his former BFF, erstwhile President Donald J. Trump, without uttering a peep. He follows the age-old precept of say nothing unless it improves the silence. The Louisville lawmaker has always seemed especially mute when it comes to the touchy...

Jennifer Magee, Teacher Voice: Don’t avoid discussing race with your students

As teachers we are often nervous about discussing current events with elementary school students. As a white teacher, I am especially nervous about discussing racial tension because I am afraid of making microaggressions or accidentally reinforcing stereotypes.   I have learned, though, that to not talk about race and current events is negligent to our students, their families and our society. Racism...