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Andy Beshear: New Survivors Council Members provide resounding voice for KY victims of crime

When I entered public service three years ago, one of my core missions was to seek justice for victims. Beshear with survivor Council Member Summer Dickerson (provided). We have worked hard every day to accomplish that goal. In 2018, we rescued 12 child victims as part of online predator crackdowns, and we secured a record 39 human trafficking and other related offenses arrests. Our office currently...

Richard Nelson: Signs of life in the Kentucky legislature as flurry of pro-life bills moves through

A flurry of pro-life bills is moving through the Kentucky legislature as swiftly as a Midwestern snowstorm in February, bringing alarm to those who believe the choice to carry a baby to term should be left to the pregnant mother and her doctor. For pro-lifers, such bills signal that the unjust season of abortion on demand will soon be over.  The Roe v Wade Trigger Bill (HB 148) would protect unborn...

Amye Bensenhaver: The sunlight fades in Kentucky; open government takes and needs constant vigilance

In an era when virtually every public official gives lip service to the importance of transparency and accountability, what is it that motivates a legislator to introduce a bill that abridges these twin goals? What, indeed, when our time tested open records law strikes a reasonable balance between the need for public oversight of governmental operations and the competing need for governmental confidentiality. Twice...

Reena Patel: What every parents needs to know about kids and screen time; be aware of challenges

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in 1970 children didn’t start regularly watching TV until they were four years old. Today, they report that children begin interacting with digital media at four months old. One look around and it’s easy to see that many children have their own cell phone, tablet, television, or other types of screen that is occupying a lot of their time and...

Wayne Lewis: The imperative of closing the achievement gap in Kentucky; there is still work to do

Kentucky’s public school system is fundamentally different from the system of the 1980s. Kentucky has been noted for reforms leading to greater equity in school funding, increased performance accountability and higher academic standards. Today, by most accounts, Kentucky now sits ahead of 15 or more states in academic performance. While overall student performance has increased significantly in...

Bill Straub: McConnell will pass on serious climate change discussion, go right to Green New Deal vote

WASHINGTON – Oh, that Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell, such a clever boy. Progressive lawmakers, growing increasingly concerned over the impact of global climate change and the inability to address the catastrophe because of no-nothing legislators who refuse to acknowledge its looming impact, have offered up what has come to be called the Green New Deal. The package, offered by Sen. Ed...

Anna Baumann: Private school tax break would take dollars from public services; public schools first

Kentucky’s constitution requires the General Assembly to “provide for an efficient system of common schools throughout the state.” The last time the state Supreme Court found Kentucky to be in violation of that mandate, the legislature passed the Kentucky Education Reform Act. By generating significant new tax revenue, KERA funded vast improvements in education and reduced funding disparities...

Letter to the Editor: Ruth Bamberger says ORSANCO should stick to its original water quality mission

To the editor: NKY Citizens Have Opportunity to Address Ohio River Pollution Standards The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) will be holding its quarterly meeting February 12-14 at the Embassy Suites in Covington. The meeting on the 14th will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. Of immediate concern to local residents is the Commission’s proposal to remove its authority...

Letter to the Editor: Kristi Rulli applauds effort to ban tobacco in schools, supports statewide legislation

Dear Editor: I am pleased to read in the February 4 edition of the NKY Tribune that State Rep. Kim Moser is sponsoring House Bill 11, which would ban the use of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, on Kentucky school property. It is past time to take this important step. As a parent (of children aged 18 and 15) I applaud Senator Moser for taking this important action for the health of...

Kim Moser: Murky ‘bad drug’ advertising putting Kentuckians at risk, transparency must be enforced

February is quite a month for advertisers with major events like the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards ushering in a new crop of big-budget TV spots. However, another kind of advertisement flooding the airwaves should be raising our concerns—the nearly omnipresent “bad drug” advertisements. We’ve all seen them. These ads with their sirens and faux public service announcement posturing are effective...

Joseph Cotton: Stocks don’t just go up; corrections happen — and you have to overcome the greed factor

This article is written to put the recent large correction in the stock market into perspective. We believe it was just a correction and not the beginning of an extended Bear Market. If you look at the 2-year stock chart of Apple, Inc. (Symbol AAPL) attached, you can see that it was selling for about $110 a share in December of 2016…and doubled within 2 years to about $230 per share in December...

Sen. Wil Schroder: General Assembly hit ground running as session continues and bills advance

The General Assembly hit the ground running this week as it began the continuation of the 2019 Regular Session. The Senate Majority is excited to move forward with its legislative priorities and pass laws that benefit the Commonwealth.   Through ice and snow, to unseasonably warm weather, the General Assembly continued to discuss legislative priorities throughout the 3-week interim in committee meetings....

Teresa Werner: Northern Kentucky climate advocates applaud bill to price carbon

The Northern Kentucky Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby applauds the reintroduction of the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This groundbreaking bipartisan climate solution to price carbon will give revenue to households and bring greenhouse gas emission down 90 percent by 2050. Sponsored by a bipartisan group of seven House members, the...

Stuart Sanders: Scott County coach Hicks’ 1,000th basketball victory shows importance of sports

On January 24, Scott County boys’ basketball coach Billy Hicks logged his 1,000th win, making him the first Kentucky High School Athletic Association coach in Kentucky history to reach this mark. Hicks Why is it important to celebrate Coach Hicks’ milestone? Moreover, why is sports history important? I recently spoke with Hicks at the unveiling of the latest Kentucky Historical Society HistoryMobile...

Bill Straub: Comity, progress gone, we must protect voting rights to hold on to democratic process

If you’re black or brown or poor, it’s obvious now that Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell couldn’t care less about your sacred right to vote. House Bill 1 in the 116th Congress is titled the For the People Act, and is intended to address many of the glaring deficiencies in the nation’s electoral system. It strengthens campaign finance laws, establishes new...