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Commentary: Kentucky’s incoming governor has a mandate to restore voting rights, should take action

By Eliza Sweren-Becker and Sean Morales-Doyle Brennan Center for Justice   On Election Day, voters in Kentucky made a strong statement in support of expanding democracy and restoring voting rights to people with past felony convictions, building on a years-long trend around the country. Ending Kentucky’s policy of lifetime felony disfranchisement was a prominent part of Andy Beshear’s platform...

Wonda Winkler: We can advance racial equity in Kentucky by investing in pre-apprenticeship

One of our core values at Brighton Center is a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and racial equity. That core value is driven by the fundamental belief that our society will only truly be fair when people of every race and ethnicity have an equal opportunity to succeed as well as equitable access to the tools, resources, and support they need to reach that success. Winkler The unfortunate reality...

Letter to the Editor: From a liver recipient thanks to the organ donor who gave her a second chance at life

A Letter from a Liver Recipient: Google defines organ donation as “The act of donating one’s organ to another person through an organ transplant.” But, imagine that you are only eight and you are told by a doctor, go live out all your dreams in six months? For me, a Child of God, a daughter, sister, granddaughter, and friend, I did not second guess it and planned to live my life...

Bill Straub: Sen. Rand Paul cuddles up to Trumpism using the oldest, lamest excuse — everybody does it

Sen. Rand Paul appears to be joining other members of the flock in an exodus from the once-grand, old Republican Party and cuddling up to a new political sect – Trumpism. Paul, R-Bowling Green, who at one time called the object of his devotion “a delusional narcissist’’ and compared him to Joseph Goebbels, is doing everything except wash the feet of President Donald J. Trump, aka President...

Commentary: Horizon Community Accelerator is on a mission to end homelessness in Northern Kentucky

By Jordan Huizenga, Sharmili Reddy, and Mike Sipple, Jr. We’re the Horizon Community Accelerator, and we’re on a mission to end homelessness. We are a group of 30 or so active Northern Kentuckians, convened by Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky. After spending a lot of time over the past year discussing and reflecting on issues that exist uniquely in our region, we decided that we are...

Kyle Keeney: Developing new cures is expensive; take this into account when talking about drug prices

The cost of medicines we depend on for our health has been a major topic of public debate. Biopharmaceutical innovation is reshaping the fight against chronic disease and saving lives, but all too often this is missing from the debate. Developing new cures is expensive; but the cost of not developing them is even higher.    The Kentucky Life Science Council was created to support the research and...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth — overcome negative outside influences

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa None of us are islands unto ourselves, isolated from our environment. In fact, we can’t help but be influenced by outside factors such as media, popular culture, and peers. Unfortunately, these outside factors present special challenges today. Let’s compare how these outside factors worked many years ago in America to...

Tom Fromme: Time for modernizing tax laws and for local option for a sales tax to help beleaguered cities

Kentucky cities are facing a financial crisis. By now, everyone should be aware that cities are experiencing rapid increases to our state pension costs. We need to move forward with new ways to raise revenue to pay for this obligation and other costs. Under Kentucky law, sales tax is collected by merchants and sent to Frankfort for distribution as the state sees fit. Many other taxes are also collected...

Teresa Werner: Working toward a renewable energy future is one of 21st Century’s greatest opportunities

Working together towards a renewable energy future is one of the greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century Thank you to Representative John Yarmuth from Kentucky (KY-03) who just co-signed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763. H.R. 763 is a bill before Congress that uses market-based principles to help us transition to a carbon-free economy. This bill has many forward-thinking...

Al Cross: For Andy Beshear, ‘I’m not Matt Bevin’ actually mattered; Bevin now knows words do too

What seemed like Andy Beshear’s unspoken campaign theme – “I’m not Matt Bevin” – turned out to be sufficient after all, contrary to opinions expressed in this space more than once.                The Democratic attorney general ran a solid, steady campaign that gave voters little to fear – contrary to the alarmist, abusive rhetoric of the governor, which only confirmed the...

Bill Straub: Looks like Bevin managed to step on his own tail, but don’t count Mitch McConnell out yet

It was during the Republican National Convention in Houston in 1992 and renowned columnist Molly Ivins was talking about Clayton Williams, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Texas who, despite all odds, lost to Democrat Ann Richards as a result of highly erratic behavior and questionable comments, like publicly recounting various adventures in a Mexican cathouse. Ivins allowed that the Williams...

Melissa Martin: When adults bully, kids suffer; it’s malicious — how can we create a world without it

Adult bullies can be found and seen everywhere. How can we create a world without this awful behavior? “Every day thousands of young people experience bullying from their peers while at school, after school in their neighborhoods, and even when they are at home, through social media and texts,” PACER points out. Founded in 2006, PACER is a National Bullying Prevention Center. But, here’s my...

Sanders: Mill Springs Battlefield worthy of National Monument status; has positive impact on region

The Mill Springs battlefield recently hosted a national Civil War reenactment that drew thousands of reenactors and spectators to that Pulaski County site. This visitation has a positive economic impact on the region. It also brings more attention to the battlefield’s new status as a National Monument. As a National Monument, the Mill Springs battlefield has the same designation as places like Fort...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for American’s youth – focus on achievement not envy

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa There will always be people in this world who earn more money than us or have things we want. How will we view the people doing better than us? We get to choose 100% what we think about them. We could choose to be jealous. We could choose to criticize or tear people down. We could say to ourselves and others, “They...

Steven Mintz: Are rude and crude the new norm, or will Americans bring back civility; here are some tips

Can we talk? Joan Rivers made that catchphrase popular decades ago, but in 2019 the answer to the late comedian’s heartfelt query appears to be a resounding no. Whether it’s tweets on social media, pundits on TV, politicians in Washington, or parents at a youth soccer match, much of the communication we engage in today is ill-mannered, inconsiderate, vicious and sometimes downright cruel or violent.  In...