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Candace McGraw: Congressman Thomas Massie is leading fight to fix America’s airports

Airports are complex businesses that have profound impacts on the economic vitality of communities. Airports are also job, revenue and tax generators for their local communities. CVG is no different. Based on a study by NKU and the University of Cincinnati commissioned in 2016, CVG has a $4.4 billion economic impact on our region. While there are myriad reasons our airport is booming, one of the key...

Commentary: Clyde and Mary Middleton played legacy roles in growth of Kenton County libraries

By Wayne Onkst and Dave Schroeder Kenton County Public Library Like so many Northern Kentuckians, we were saddened by the passing of Clyde Middleton. Clyde and Mary Middleton participated in countless civic activities that made Northern Kentucky a better place. As the current and former Executive Directors of the Kenton County Public Library, we want to make sure the public knows about one of their...

Brent Cooper: Marketing our region as one — just the way we should we presenting ourselves

At a gathering of Kentucky business leaders last year, an economist pulled up a list of the largest cities in Kentucky. Louisville (600,000), Lexington (308,000), Bowling Green (61,000) and Owensboro (59,000) were in the top four. The city of Covington, Northern Kentucky’s largest city, came in at number five with 41,000.   That presentation prompted a series of serious conversations about how...

Al Cross: McGrath stumbles, Broihier steps up, others in wings, then there’s Mitch McConnell

The very idea that Kentucky voters would turn out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next year, given his and their allegiance to President Trump, seems the stuff of fiction. But Amy McGrath made the all-but-impossible look possible in the first day of her Senate campaign last week, setting a first-day record of $2.5 million. McGrath thus raised the prospect that the national following and fund-raising...

Bill Straub: Trump doubles down on four congresswomen of color who ARE where they belong

“This country is a hellhole. We are going down fast.” — Donald J. Trump, Fox News, May 20, 2015 Enough. Enough already. President Donald J. Trump, better known in these parts as President Extremely Stable Genius, appears to be morphing into Lester Maddox, telling a quartet of progressive Democratic congresswomen with darker skin than his own that they should return to whence they came if...

Commentary: Public health is where science, politics meet but that doesn’t change need for vaccinations

By F. Douglas Scutchfield and Al Cross Public health is the nexus of science and politics. Unfortunately, the two frequently do not mix well. A recent example involving childhood immunizations prompts real concern for the erosion of science in the name of politics.  State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, physician and lieutenant governor candidate with Gov. Matt Bevin, recently declared: “I think...

Garren Colvin talks about the value of mentoring and how to find and develop a rapport with one

No matter how good you are – or how long you’ve been in business – you can’t know everything. Colvin The best way to grow your career and develop in an organization is to find a mentor. You can always benefit from the guidance of a mentor – either formally or informally. From a mentor, you can learn key knowledge in your field, how to navigate the inner workings of your organization, how...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth; exceptionalism through education

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa In this column series we write about fifteen parts of life which most people find to be favorable, productive common ground. We refer to them as “pillars of exceptionalism.” Many of the pillars can be covered in a single column, but not today’s pillar. Today’s column addresses how education and training can affect...

Sid Miller: Presidential Candidate Perot was also an agriculturist who never forgot his deep Texas roots

As Texas and the nation mourns the loss of H. Ross Perot, many might remember him as a tech business tycoon, a quiet philanthropist, an unsuccessful candidate for President, or perhaps as an American patriot. But I’ll bet you there’s one word that rarely appeared in the many obituaries written for Mr. Perot this week:  agriculturalist. Perot Born in Texarkana on June 27, 1930, Henry Ray Perot...

Dave Schroeder: Grow with Google at Erlanger library to provide digital skills for jobseekers, businesses

The Kenton County Public Library is excited that Grow with Google is coming to our Erlanger Branch on July 17th. Grow with Google is currently on a tour of the country’s libraries, hosting free workshops on the essential skills job seekers and local businesses need to succeed in a digital world. Perhaps most importantly, Google staff will provide our librarians, librarians from nearby areas and...

Bill Straub: Enter fighter pilot Amy McGrath who will need big fire-power against Mitch McConnell

Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath is hoping that politics, like love in the old Sammy Cahn-Jimmy Van Heusen song, is lovelier the second time around. McGrath, the Democrat who fell to Rep. Andy “Empty Suit’’ Barr, R-Lexington, in a close-but-no-cigar race for the Commonwealth’s Sixth Congressional District seat last November, has emerged from the fog to challenge bigger game – Senate Republican...

Janie Heath: It’s time for bold steps to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of kids

On June 17, CVS Health committed to overturning youth e-cigarette use at a whole new level: The retail and health care giant will dedicate $10 million for strategies to prevent e-cigarette use and to educate our children about the danger. This announcement follows a report released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this year that stated that more than 1,550 warning letters and...

Beth Davisson: Employers have important role in combatting Kentucky’s opioid epidemic

Kentucky employers have a growing front-line awareness of the devastating impact the opioid epidemic is having on our state. They know that this epidemic is more than a public health issue. It is also a serious workforce issue that must be addressed – with employers playing a key role – if they are going to meet their challenges of finding and retaining workers. As Jonathan Copley, CEO of Aetna...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Exceptionalism through respecting faith, a positive message for youth

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Every thoughtful person knows religion raises some of life’s biggest questions. Should a person believe in a higher, godly power? If so, is that godly power good, bad, or maybe even a little of both? What type of religion, if any, should a person practice? The purpose of this column is not to say which religious faith,...

Letter to the Editor: Celebrate our collective progress in postsecondary education, despite budget cuts

In Northern Kentucky and across the state, our public colleges and universities are building momentum on key goals, demonstrating a shared commitment to help more students stay in college and graduate. Click image to see full report It’s an impressive feat considering that the public campuses have been cut nearly $223 million in state General Fund appropriations since the recession. As members of...