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Bill Straub: Dear, dear Abby, is it really OK to lie just because you want to? Thomas Massie says it is

Dear Abby sadly departed this mortal coil some years back now and no one has stepped up to provide our often-bewildered public with the sort of advice that could guide them through rough times. Until now. Enter Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, who has stepped forward to fill the void, providing wise counsel to those of us who would rather swallow a horse de-wormer than line-up for...

Ben Mudd: Kentucky pharmacists are on the frontlines of improving community health

Every day, pharmacists across the commonwealth step up to promote a healthy Kentucky. And that involves so much more than filling medications and sending patients on their way. Kentucky pharmacists have always been committed to expanding access to high-quality care, encouraging vaccinations and meeting our patients’ needs. Throughout the pandemic, that commitment has only grown stronger. Pharmacists...

Billy Reed: I took a fall and fractured some ribs and it hurt like crazy — but worst, I missed deadline

In my long career in journalism, I’ve always taken pride in making my deadlines. My track record is pretty good. But I had to miss my Saturday deadline for this column and, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to talk about that. I’ve written much about injuries to athletes: Punctured lungs, snapped Achilles tendons, broken legs and arms, etc. Sadly, I gave the fans what they wanted, which was an...

Constance Alexander: Corrosion takes many forms when it comes to diversity, equality, inclusion

Corrosion takes many forms in the work of Dr. Rudy G. Buchheit, Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky. On the scientific side, his research is mostly related to corrosion in aluminum alloys and products. On the humanistic side, he facilitates workshops at UK and elsewhere around the country to alleviate the kind of corrosion that blocks Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of...

Joe Heller: Cartoons in living color

Welcome to the NKyTribune’s newest feature: the cartoons of Joe Heller, a regular collection of his cartoons on any and all things brought to you by his pointed pen, fertile mind, and a keen sense of humor. Enjoy. 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 five cartoons a week and distributes...

Kyle Keeney: Here’s why Medicare price-setting isn’t the solution to fixing our healthcare problems

Earlier this month, the Northern Kentucky Tribune’s Bill Straub wrote a column supporting his belief that more government intervention in the healthcare market is a necessary good. However, in the process, he trivializes the industry’s lifesaving work — did he really miss the three COVID vaccines in record time — and the role of innovation in addressing serious health concerns in our...

Bill Straub: Poor, poor Rand Paul whose feelings are hurt by cold, hard facts which speak for themselves

Poor, poor pitiful me
 Poor, poor pitiful me
 Oh, these boys won’t let me be 
Lord, have mercy on me 
Woe, woe is me — Warren Zevon (as sung by Linda Ronstadt) Poor, poor Rand Paul. People picking on him when all he’s trying to do is raise a few million bucks hook or by cr…, well, let’s just leave it at hook, so he can remain in the U.S. Senate where he vows to continue gumming...

Al Cross: McConnell must give senators go-ahead to disavow election laws built on Donald Trump’s lies

This column has never dealt at length with Donald Trump because it’s about Kentucky politics. But now, Kentuckians and our federal representatives face the prospect of another Trump presidency, which could pose a clear and present danger to the way we govern ourselves. It is now clear that Trump fostered and supported what some call a “self-coup” to stay in office after the 2020 election, and...

Joe Heller: Cartoon voices in full color

Welcome to the NKyTribune’s newest feature: the cartoons of Joe Heller, a regular weekly collection of his cartoons on any and all things brought to you by his pointed pen, fertile mind, and a keen sense of humor. Enjoy.                         Joe Heller was the editorial cartoonist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Green...

Constance Alexander: More than pink ribbons in Breast Cancer Awareness — disease is too prevalent

Mother, sister, aunt, cousin, best friend, across-the-street neighbor, random branches of the family tree. The disease is so prevalent, most of us don’t need our memories jogged to recall that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hard to believe it hasn’t been around forever. Breast Cancer Awareness Month, that is, not breast cancer. Documented history of breast cancer dates back to Before...

Brigitte Blom: Assessment results show that learning recovery from COVID is everybody’s business

Last week the Kentucky Department of Education released the results of the 2021 student assessments. As expected, COVID has taken a tremendous toll on student learning: • Nearly 60% of elementary students who participated in the reading assessment are not meeting grade-level standards; • Nearly 70% of middle school students who participated in the mathematics assessment are not meeting grade-level...

Rand Paul: Responding to Bill Straub’s column, explaining ‘fundraising’ — and watching your money

Once again, the NKyTribune has given precious print space to partisan columnist Bill Straub who wants to twist things all the way to outright making up things and lying, just to score partisan points. I’m assuming by now most sensible readers of this paper are ignoring this particular writer based on his bias, but on the off=chance that’s not true, I asked the NKyTribune to publish this response. First...

Bill Straub: Sen. Paul living high on donations to his leadership PAC, money meant to assist others

It’s certainly comforting to learn that our boy, Rand Paul, the Earnest T. Bass of the United States Senate, is living the high life these days. Even better, he is, as Steve Winwood once said, able to “drink and dance with one hand free” on somebody else’s dime, further enhancing his notorious pinch-penny reputation. The inside dope is elaborately laid out in a report issued by a pair of...

Gov. Andy Beshear: Ford Motor Co., SK Innovation and Kentucky are leading auto industry of the future

During my inaugural address, held on the Capitol steps in Frankfort less than two years ago, I said advanced manufacturing was an area where Kentucky was “poised to be a national leader – if we have the vision and the will to be bold.” Because of that boldness, last week Ford’s Executive Chair Bill Ford, CEO Jim Farley, COO for North America Lisa Drake and Dong-Seob Jee, president of SK Innovation’s...

Heather Forman: As a mom of six, I know how important it is for everyone to feel included

It’s human nature to want to feel included. As we’re still near the beginning of the school year, it’s even more clear how much kids want to fit in. Even at an early age, this desire begins to kick in. As a mother of six, I can wholeheartedly say I understand how badly kids want to be seen and how important it is for all to be included. Of my six children, one of my sons has high-functioning...