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Letter to the Editor: Gayle Johnson wants Alexandria school district property designated Monarch Habitat

To the Editor: I would like to propose that the 29.7 acres owned by the Campbell County School District along Orchard Lane in Alexandria be designated as a Monarch Habitat Protection Waystation. The monarch butterfly was just declared endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The land is already teeming with several kinds of native milkweed, the food and shelter of monarchs. The...

Al Cross: Cameron shows why he’s the one to beat, then could get beat

FANCY FARM – In the 24-hour political circus that ends with the Fancy Farm Picnic, Daniel Cameron was always in the center ring. Kentucky’s attorney general showed why he’s the candidate to beat in next May’s Republican primary for governor, but he also showed why Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear could beat him in the general election. And Cameron doubled down on that Tuesday. But first, let’s...

Ryan Quarles: Celebrate the very best of Kentucky during the 118th Kentucky State Fair Aug. 18-28

If the pandemic shutdown of 2020 taught us anything, it was how good we have it at The Kentucky State Fair. That year, we could only offer the youth portion of our livestock shows. Everything else about the state fair, the sights, the sounds, and the smells, were missing. Last year, when some states were still cancelling or postponing their fairs, Kentucky was able to return the state fair back in...

Constance Alexander: Recent flooding inspires poetry, wreaks havoc and spawns teamwork

The litany of devastation in Eastern Kentucky has a cadence all its own: Quicksand, Bulan, Neon, Hiner, Martin, Fisty, Hueysville, Stringtown, Ajax, Isom, Pinetop, Dwarf, Nix Branch, Jakes Branch, Trot, Caney, Possum, Ary, Lost Creek, Hardburly, Trace, Hindman, Buckhorn, Chavis, Krypton, Garrett, Pound, Kite, Whitesburg, Rowdy, Wayland, Noble’s Landing, Cowan Creek, Pigeon Roost. Writer Pauletta...

Amye Bensenhaver: The Voice-Tribune’s key role in evolution of Ky. open records law often overlooked

Few may know or remember the importance of The Voice-Tribune — a local newspaper, established in 1949 — in the evolution of Kentucky’s Open Records Act. The newspaper celebrated the release of its final edition — and its long history — at a gathering on August 5. That history includes a landmark Court of Appeals’ opinion, City of St. Matthews v. Voice of St. Matthews, that some groups...

Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s view of news of the week — broad brush strokes, full color, 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...

Commentary: There is no urban-rural divide in the need to tackle substance use disorders

The Rural/Urban divide is an issue that has a considerable impact on the politics and policies of Kentucky. Though there may be differences in communities across the Commonwealth, we still have numerous similarities that unite us. We share many of the same joys and hopes for our communities, and unfortunately, we also share some of the same obstacles and difficulties. Amanda Hall One issue that transcends...

Bill Straub: Poor Mitch McConnell’s horrible, awful, horrendous, very bad month; looking for a way out

August has arrived and no one should be happier about the march of time than Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who experienced one of the worst Julys in memory. During those 31 days, the Louisville lawmaker witnessed the expected appointment of a right-winger to the federal bench frittered away because he forgot to tell the guy who’s supposed to be his good buddy, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling...

The Brennan Center: After redistricting, here’s how each party would win the House

By Michael Li and Chris Leaverton The Brennan Center for Justice If victory in congres­sional redis­trict­ing is defined as guar­an­tee­ing control of the House, the latest cycle could be considered some­thing of a draw. Under new congres­sional maps, both Demo­crats and Repub­lic­ans have viable paths to a House major­ity in coming years, though this is in large meas­ure due to fairer...

James Catchen: Should my student get an associate degree in high school? AP/Dual-credit advice

Over the past five years, the Northern Kentucky region has seen an explosion in the number of high schools and high school students partnering with local colleges and universities to offer dual-credit college courses online, at their high school, or on a college campus. I have been a dual-credit student during my time in high school and a dual-credit practitioner at two local universities for the past...

Constance Alexander: Podcast asks big questions about rural life from the ‘Middle of Everywhere’

When he was growing up in rural Murray, Austin Carter admits he was eager to escape his hometown and get a taste of life in the big city. Following this inclination, he did move away, only to discover that there were aspects he missed. “With time, I began to appreciate things I once took for granted,” he said, explaining his move back home. Growing up in Louisville, Colorado, Ariel Lavery lived...

Cody Ares Baynori: Thomas Massie does not represent Northern Kentucky; change is needed

Nearly a decade after his election, it is time that we reassess Representative Thomas Massie’s tenure as the congressman of Northern Kentucky. I am a lifelong resident of Newport and a proud graduate of Newport High School (‘19). I have been monitoring the interesting world of Kentucky politics since I was a teenager. Now, as I begin my career, I have had the opportunity to see Representative Massie...

Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s perspective on the news of the week — full color, broad strokes, 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...

Robin Dahms: Expressing a grief too deep, after watching her husband die from cancer

Robin Dahms watched her husband Paul, 53, die from cancer over a period of two years and is sharing this poem — and her deep grief — with our readers. They were married 19 years. Grief Before Death Robin and her husband Paul in good times. I don’t want to live this life without you. Watching you go has been pure hell. It makes me scream, cry, and yell. Our vows said ‘Until Death...

Bill Straub: There’s stupid and there’s mega-stupid, so credit legislators for hungry kids going hungrier

In the movie Heathers, a dark comedy released 34 years ago, believe it or not, a character named Veronica, played by Winona Ryder, got into an argument with one of the young women named Heather, played by Shannon Doherty. “Heather, why can’t you just be a friend?’” Veronica asked. “Why do you have to be such a mega-b—h?’” To which Heather responded, “Because I can...