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Commentary: Airport execs say KY must invest in critical infrastructure to better connect us to world

By Eric Frankl, Candace McGraw, and Dan Mann Kentucky’s three major airports In 2019, Kentuckians took to the skies like never before. At the Commonwealth’s three largest commercial airports — Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF), and Blue Grass Airport (LEX) — we collectively served nearly 15 million passengers. But...

Commentary: Marsy’s Law for Kentucky — crime victims deserve it; it’s time to stand up for them

Dr. Emily Bonistall Postel Marsy’s Law for Kentucky No one asks to be a crime victim. For many, the experience is the worst situation they will ever face. And for some, it is also their last. My official role with Marsy’s Law for Kentucky began this past fall, but my journey as a crime victims’ advocate began nearly 15 years ago. On May 1, 2005, my cousin Lindsey was brutally raped and murdered...

Al Cross: McConnell surely cannot approve of Trump’s inappropriate behavior; why not say so?

Last Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a press conference in Louisville, which he had to cancel because his flight from Washington was canceled, his office said. Too bad; there are many questions that could have been asked and can still be. Here are a few. What did you think of what President Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast about Mitt Romney, the only senator to vote...

Bill Straub: Does the Trump cult even remember when they first sold out? Does Rob Portman?

This is a column written more in sorrow than anger, stealing a reference from Shakespeare, about a man who once upon a time stood up to President Donald J. Trump but who has since succumbed to his wiles, folding like a cardboard suitcase in the presence of President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom. In 1994 I was chosen to serve as the Washington correspondent for the...

Dennis Keene: Gov. Beshear’s budget priorities on target; no general fund cuts, puts education first

In my previous roles at Southbank Partners and as the 67th district representative, my mission was to fight for economic development and growth for Northern Kentucky. Now, as the commissioner for the Department for Local Government (DLG) I am broadening that purpose by collaborating with local officials across the Commonwealth to improve every community. So far, I am encouraged by Gov. Andy Beshear’s...

Emily Beauregard: More Kentucky young children lack health insurance, but things could be changing

If you’ve ever had young children, you know how often they need to see a doctor. With well-baby appointments, routine immunizations for toddlers, and screenings for development milestones with preschoolers, pediatricians recommend that children have 15 check-ups by the time they’re 6 years old. That’s why it’s so alarming that the number of children under age 6 without health coverage is growing....

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise and work ethic

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for promoting freedom and capitalism because they have helped instill a productive work ethic in hundreds of millions of Americans. We want a system that features a productive work ethic because it takes extraordinary effort to build a strong economy and resources to help all Americans. A strong work...

Rep. Kim Banta: House reviewing state budget, committed to spending tax money wisely, and more . .

The first full week of February saw several key pieces of legislation deliberated in committee and on the House Floor. At the same time, members of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and budget review subcommittees continue to work on the House version of the state budget. The budget must reflect our commitment to spend taxpayer money wisely, lay the groundwork for a solid financial future,...

John Schickel: Comments on productive 5th week of legislative session, continued budget discussions

It was a busy but productive fifth week of the 2020 Regular Session as we passed a wide array of bills through the Senate and continued biennial budget discussions.  As we wait to receive a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, where all spending bills must originate, the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee has already begun an intensive review process of the budget proposed by...

Dave Spaulding: It’s time to stop blocking gaming; at least, pass sports wagering; tell your legislator

Kentucky has a long history of gambling. Horses are part of our culture. We have a billion-dollar lottery and bingo at our churches. In Northern Kentucky and Louisville, we have casinos minutes from our homes, and there is now a casino within 30 minutes of Paducah (Western Kentucky) and Ashland (Eastern Kentucky). States that surround Kentucky are raking in millions each year off gambling revenue...

Bill Straub: Something isn’t exactly clear; layers of wrongdoing were peeled back, facts didn’t matter

When Stephen Stills penned the lyrics to “For What It’s Worth,’’ declaring, “There’s something happening here but what it is ain’t exactly clear,” he certainly had no reason to believe the expression would remain pertinent 53 years later. Certainly, the present situation differs from what was occurring in 1967. Stills wrote his timeless song at a time of mounting protests aimed...

Commentary: Graham casts ‘mainstream media’ as primary evil; not true really — but all have sinned

By Al Cross Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues “The Lies of Mainstream Media” is the headline over the cover story in the February edition of Decision magazine, which touts itself as “the evangelical voice for today.” Its editor-in-chief is Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and son of its namesake and founder.  The story by...

Cathe Dykstra: Investing in Kentucky’s single-mother students will strengthen Commonwealth’s economy

Kentucky’s economy is changing: this year, an estimated 60 percent of jobs will require post-secondary education. Accordingly, Kentucky has set an ambitious goal to graduate 60 percent of Kentuckians with a college credential by 2030. To meet this goal, Kentucky must recruit and graduate “non-traditional” students—who are often part-time students, working adults and/or parents, and encompass...

Jack Moreland: Southbank Partners river cities have banner year in 2019 — here’s a progress roundup

For the seven Northern Kentucky river cities that comprise Southbank Partners, 2019 was a banner year in terms of economic growth, development, and job creation. These cities saw more than $500 million in construction, development, and infrastructure projects take place last year – the most productive year for these cities since I became president of Southbank Partners more than 10 years ago. Also...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise, community and charity

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for free enterprise because it has promoted America’s commitment to community and charity. We want a system that emphasizes community and charity because these features of American society involve coming together, voluntarily, to help one another. We want a system that elevates beneficial, personal...