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Kathie Mancini: Time is running out to choose your 2023 Medicare plan coverage; deadline is Dec. 7

As 2023 quickly approaches, many Kentuckians may start to consider their New Year’s resolutions. If exercising more, eating healthier, losing weight, and living more economically are on your list, you’re not alone. In fact, a survey found those were among the top five resolutions for 2022. For those 65 or older or individuals eligible for Medicare due to disability, it may be easier than you think...

Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s view of the week in the news — 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 self-syndicated...

Jackie Mader: Play important to children of all ages, part of learning; schools should maximize benefits

In 1966, when psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown was assigned to a commission to investigate what led University of Texas student Charles Whitman to kill 12 people in one of the country’s first mass shootings, Brown and his colleagues considered many different aspects of Whitman’s background. The student had access to firearms at home; he had witnessed abuse while growing up; and he had a difficult...

Bill Straub: Jamie ‘Hee-Haw’ Comer just can’t walk away from Hunter Biden ‘investigation’; about John Y.

Like Ali Baba chanting “Open Sesame” to enter the mouth of a cave holding great treasures, Rep. James Comer has taken to using “Hunter Biden” as an incantation, reciting it over and over again, praying it will result in the sort of untold riches – of the political variety, of course — the 40 thieves could only dream about. Comer, R-Tompkinsville, or Frankfort, or DC, or wherever...

Al Cross: In politics, John Y. Brown Jr. was a reformer who delivered — may his example be widely followed

The first time I was in a helicopter, and the first time I covered a race for governor, was the first time I met John Y. Brown Jr. It was the Monday after the 1979 Kentucky Derby, and Brown was using a helicopter to make up for his late-starting candidacy, choppering from town to town, often joined by his new wife, sportscaster and Miss America Phyllis George. Her celebrity and his money were keys...

Commentary: Kentucky youth say ‘Listen to us!’ — and hear us about decisions made about our futures

By Jordan Joslin, Kori Wheeler, and Kirsten Yancy Kentucky Youth Advocates As the November midterm elections have come to a close, Kentuckians are now looking ahead to the 2023 Kentucky General Assembly and Governor’s race. Voters will make their way to the polls next November, and we – Kentucky’s youth – are relying on those same voters to keep us top of mind when casting their ballots. While...

Constance Alexander: Giving thanks to those who provide special care during National Hospice Month

A line from a familiar Thanksgiving song — “All is safely gathered in” — rings true, especially in November, National Hospice Month. According to Murray-Calloway Hospital’s hospice orientation guide, hospice provides “a special kind of caring” at the end of life. Since 1981, the hospital has offered at-home hospice support, but for the past six years – after extensive fundraising...

Gov. Andy Beshear: Our time to invest in education is here and our children need it now

As elected officials, our job is not to move Kentucky right or left – it’s to move Kentucky forward. One way we can continue to build a better Kentucky is by supporting education and our educators. Lt. Gov. Coleman and I have always run an education-first administration. As parents and as statewide leaders, we know the best thing we can do for all Kentucky children is to ensure they have access...

Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s view of the news of the week in 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...

Jay Miller: November is National Adoption Month — Let’s work to find a forever family for every child

Every child, no matter the context, needs a permanent family. Having been in out-of-home care myself, I can personally attest to this need. As a youth, I was placed in out-of-home care as a result of the death of my mother and my father’s inability to beat his addiction to substances. My sisters and I spent several years shuffled from place to place before being taken in by an aunt and uncle. I was...

Bill Straub: Now that the election is over and R’s lost opportunities, let the games begin in earnest

The election is over. Let the recriminations begin! What say we start with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, generally viewed as the legislator least likely to win a popularity contest among his colleagues, edging out Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, the near wholly owned subsidiary of billionaire Ted Yass, for that distinction. Poor Ted Cruz is so “pissed off” about the Election Day results, which found...

Al Cross: Gerrymanders warp legislature, damage our political system

The word “representative” is both a noun and an adjective. In the Kentucky General Assembly it has become mainly a noun, meaning a member of the House of Representatives. That’s because the House is not as representative of Kentucky as it should be, given the results of this month’s elections and the district lines on which they were run. The lines were drawn by Republicans who control the...

Commentary: It’s time to tell pharmacy benefit managers to share the savings with Kentuckians

By George Huntley and Stewart Perry Special to NKyTribune American healthcare innovation has saved countless lives. Whether it’s a new vaccine to prevent serious illness, or a breakthrough treatment to help someone manage a previously debilitating chronic disease, we owe a lot to those researchers and scientists in white lab coats. But what if they toiled away in the lab to make that new medicine...

Constance Alexander: Calloway County bicentennial history book from a triumph for the community

At 448 pages, Calloway County’s bicentennial history book packs a hefty wallop. Weighing in at 5.2 pounds each, copies are flying off the shelves. According to one of the three co-editors, Bobbie Smith Bryant, the initial press run of 1400 is almost sold out, with fewer than 100 still available for purchase at press time. Romantics might describe the effort as a labor of love, but those closest to...

Andrew McNeill: With midterm elections behind us, 2023 legislative agenda moves into the spotlight

Kentucky’s mildly suspenseful midterm election season went late into the night before some final results were known but didn’t deliver any huge surprises. In his effort to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Charles Booker’s promise to “shock the world” barely registered as an electoral tremor. Democrat Morgan McGarvey won the open congressional seat in Louisville, keeping...