A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Jesse Brewer: Just say ‘no’ to voting straight ticket — think about every vote you can cast

Kentucky is just one of eight states that still allows straight-ticket voting. Texas just passed a law getting rid of it in 2020, which will make us one of 7 states left and given in just about 2 weeks the general elections will be here and that it’s a non – presidential and non–governor election year, the turn-out is predicted to be low. Estimations of 10–14% of registered eligible voters...

Letter to the Editor: Tom Haggard of Covington Partners asks for support of after-school programs

To the Editor: This Thursday, hundreds of parents, students, educators, business leaders, policymakers and others will come together across our community to mark the 19th annual Lights On Afterschool, the nation’s only nationwide rally for afterschool programs. Programs across the region will be hosting open houses, inviting families to participate in fun activities and giving tours to elected officials...

Candidates: Terri King Schoborg seeks to be Kenton County family court judge

I am seeking the position of Kenton County family court judge because both my passion and my expertise are in Kenton County family court. For over 3 decades, I have worked diligently on child protection law cases in Kenton County collaborating with social workers and other community partners to achieve positive results for families in need of services. I have represented both fathers and mothers in...

Patricia Wingo: Florence’s Main Street began 200 years ago — and is now on verge of new beginning

Florence’s Main Street is our city’s most significant remaining identifying feature of our past. It guides us to look to our future by remembering what has always been important to our community. Main Street is truly the original heart of the city. It is where it all began. It holds our history, reflects the development of our community, shares our values and exemplifies how we are defined. Main...

Bill Straub: McConnell breaking through bottom of barrel, blaming ‘entitlements’ for growth of deficit

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell is no longer scraping the bottom of the political barrel. No, it appears our boy from Louisville has broken through the bottom of said barrel and is in the process of digging his way through to China. Just how low can Mitch go? Wait and see. You may remember, apparently Mitch doesn’t, that the Congressional Budget Office...

Letters to Editor: Brian Rickert, Deborah McNeil for Bonnie Rickert, L. Steidel for Keene, Roberts, Kilmer

Brian Rickert support wife, Bonnie, for Family Court Judge I am writing to encourage voters in Boone and Gallatin County to join me in voting for my wife, Bonnie Rickert, candidate for Family Court Judge. Bonne is a wonderful wife and remarkable mom to our children. I know how hard she works and how deeply she cares about the youth of this community. The kids and I have watched as Bonnie has agonized...

Candidates: Teacher Chris Wright wants to serve on the Ludlow City Council; Ludlow is his hometown

By Chris Wright Candidate, Ludlow City Council “Once a panther, always a panther” is a phrase that gets used quite frequently within Ludlow Independent Schools. Quite literally, I live that phrase every single day. As a graduate of the class of 2004 and currently serving in my 11th year as a teacher at Ludlow High School, I am asking the citizens of Ludlow for their vote for city council on November...

Candidates: Josh Blair wants to be your state representative from House District 63

NOTE: The NKyTribune is offering free space to all candidates in contested races in NKY. Please submit 500-700 words and a photo now — but by Nov. 1 so we can get them scheduled. None will be printed after Nov. 4. Send to news@nkytrib.com I love Northern Kentucky. My roots are in this community. I was born and raised here. I have lived most of my life in Kenton County. I attended Beechwood and...

Candidates: Marcia Thomas wants to be District Court Judge for Boone and Gallatin Counties

NOTE: The NKyTribune is offering free space to all candidates in contested races in NKY. Please submit 500-700 words and a photo now — but by Nov. 1 so we can get them scheduled. None will be printed after Nov. 4. Send to news@nkytrib.com By Marcia Thomas Candidate for District Court Judge My name is Marcia Thomas and I am a candidate for District Court Judge for Boone and Gallatin Counties....

Candidates: Christine Kelly and why she wants to serve on Dayton City Council

NOTE: The NKyTribune is offering free space to all candidates in contested race in NKY. Please submit 500-700 words now — but by Nov. 1 so we can get them scheduled. None will be printed after Nov. 4. Send to news@nkytrib.com By Christine Kelly Candidate Dayton City Council In 2005, I chose to make my home in Dayton. I grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, graduated from NKU, and spent several...

David Adkisson: Ky’s pro-growth policies create more jobs, high incomes greater business confidence

Two recent studies conducted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce show that business confidence is growing among Kentucky business leaders and that Kentucky is growing faster in jobs, incomes, and population than most of its bordering states. The Chamber believes that recent pro-growth policy changes in Kentucky (for example, Kentucky moving this year from ranking 33rd to 23rd among states in our tax...

Change of seasons has Sen. Schickel looking back at signature events, ahead to legislative session

It’s hard to believe that fall has arrived once again.  Some of my favorite late-summer and early-fall activities have already come and gone: the Boone County Fair, the Boone County Senior Citizens Picnic, and the Bean Bash. Sen. Schickel Each of these events, with their own history and tradition, give me an opportunity to interact with constituents, some of whom I am only able to see once a year....

Commentary: Make substance abuse disorder treatment available when needed; it’s common sense

By Kim Moser and Bruce Scott Years of struggling, lost employment, disconnection from family, a feeling of hopelessness — all common issues faced by those suffering from substance abuse disorder. In many cases, interaction with the criminal justice system can also be added to the list. But what if someone wants assistance before they hit rock bottom? There is hope. Addiction is a chronic brain disease...

Bill Straub: Trump lies because he can but with the numbers stacking up, few seem to care

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday of this week USA Today, which fancies itself a newspaper, published an op-ed piece from the president of the United States of America, one Donald J. Trump, in which he declared, among other things, that he had kept his campaign promises regarding health care, maintaining “that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care...

Jeff Hoover: Mitch McConnell cements legacy with Supreme Court confirmations; bold stance prevailed

It wasn’t long ago in our nation that boxing was one of the preeminent sports. Like almost everyone near my age, I grew up watching some of the greats like George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes. Of course, none was greater than Kentucky’s own Muhammad Ali.   For nearly 20 years, Ali was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He took on fighters younger and older than him, bigger...