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Commentary: One-time funding must be used effectively to address Kentucky’s addiction crisis

By Tim Robinson, Nancy Hale and Beth Davisson Special to NKyTribune For the past 18 months and counting, Kentucky has battled the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing its decades-long fight against addiction. This has truly been an epidemic within a pandemic. But our state has a unique opportunity on the horizon that may forever change how we address addiction-related issues. Earlier this year, the NORC...

Bill Straub: Withdrawal from Afghanistan was never to be a walk in the park and it wasn’t, but we’re out

Apparently a lot of Americans thought the withdrawal from Afghanistan was going to be a tiptoe through the tulips, a walk in the park, a simple matter of gathering more than 100,000 people in hostile territory, sticking ‘em on airplanes and depositing them in some safe haven, no muss no fuss. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, of course, and anyone who thought this was going to be like lying...

Commentary: We’ve taken important first steps in climate fight, but every citizen must embrace change

By Stephen McClanahan and Teresa Werner Special to NKyTribune A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that the changing climate is accelerating at an alarming speed. While this is worrying, there is one clear takeaway from the report: it is not too late – yet. We still have a small window of opportunity to reduce our emissions and avoid the worst consequences....

Col Owens: How are we leaving Afghanistan? Hypocrisy detector is quivering, given narrative

I am not a student of Afghanistan, but I do have a good hypocrisy detector. And it is quivering at the current narrative of the talking heads and the media. When we went into Afghanistan after 9/11 it was to eliminate a safe haven for terrorists, their training ground and their base of operations. That goal was accomplished pretty quickly. Col Owens The kill Osama Bin Laden goal was, from my standpoint,...

Woodrow Keown: John Lewis Voting Rights Act a step toward the freedom for which MLK dreamed

Today, 58 years after the historic March on Washington, we thank and acknowledge thousands across the nation who are again marching for voting rights. The struggle for true freedom never ends and protecting the right to vote is tantamount to protecting freedom. The right to a voice in our nation, our government, in its representatives and actions, is a self-evident truth our nation was founded upon. Woodrow...

Jeff Rubin: Discrimination facing our aging population affects everyone, not just old people

Who’s problem is it when it’s not my problem? I recently posed that question to a group of thought leaders regarding the subject of ageism, a form of discrimination more pervasive than racism or sexism and certainly as debilitating to anyone denied equal access to resources, services, or opportunities simply because they are considered too young, or more likely, too “old.” This global...

Hilda Legg: Why should Kentucky embrace solar power? To improve the future for generations

Agriculture and energy have historically shared a symbiotic relationship, especially since the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) was created 85 years ago — to bring electricity to rural America. This development, coupled with the ingenuity and hard work of U.S. farm families, enabled us to become the breadbasket of the world. Good agriculture and reliable, affordable energy go hand in hand. Here...

Andrew Vandiver: Return to classes a reminder to shop for more than just supplies, shop for education

School is back in session. New classrooms, new supplies and new teachers bring a feeling of opportunity, and maybe a little anxiety too. Unfortunately for many families, this season is a reminder that their students — and thousands more like them across Kentucky — are trapped in a situation that just isn’t right for them. That may not be the fault of a teacher, an administration or even...

Bill Straub: Shouldn’t every American have a right to vote? Isn’t that the American way? But wait. . .

It has received relatively sparse attention, understandable given the ongoing COVID-19 danger and the developing events in Afghanistan, but the House this week passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, named for the late congressman and civil rights legend, with the basic intention of making it easier for all Americans to exercise their franchise, especially those who have faced barriers...

Al Cross: Legislators get the power they wanted; now they must use it wisely and show courage

Permanent federal approval for one coronavirus vaccine Monday should have eliminated the arguments of some sadly misled, vaccine-hesitant Americans that Operation Warp Speed is just one big experiment. But as Kentucky deals with another deadly surge of the coronavirus, it has started a heavily fraught experiment involving all three branches of its government, one that will likely affect the course...

Katherine Mueller: The housing crisis is very real for landlords too, but evictions are not the answer

There is no doubt that the last year and a half has been difficult for everyone, in every corner of Kentucky. An unfortunate highlight of these difficult times has been the ever-present housing crisis. Millions of people across the country lost their jobs as pandemic shutdowns began in spring of 2020 – many at businesses have not resumed at capacity, or in some cases, at all. When Congress finally...

Commentary: ‘Smart on Crime’ is actually increasingly soft on crime — local officials should make the calls

By Kentucky State Senators John Schickel and Danny Carroll and State Representative Kevin Bratcher   The increase in violent crime across our nation and Kentucky’s cities should not surprise us. The Kentucky legislature the last several years has set the table for it. House Bill 463 reduced penalties for drug offenders. There is so-called “juvenile justice reform” to severely restrict judges...

Ashley Spaulding: Student debt relief still badly needed as college year begins in Kentucky

As another college year begins amidst a resurging pandemic, new Census data show those struggling the most with student debt are also among the hardest hit by COVID-19’s economic impacts. Scholars and advocates continue to call for student debt relief as an effective policy tool for economic stability and recovery. The COVID-19-related pause on federal student loan repayment has been extended through...

Billy Reed: Visit to Reds game on unbearably hot day serves as a reminder of the gift of good friendships

Last Thursday I went to Cincinnati with my friends Ronnie Galloway and Paul Haydon to see the Reds play the Chicago Cubs in a 12:35 exhibition game at Great America Ball Park. With me, it was sort of an ego thing. I’ve been a fan since Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell was the ace of the pitching staff, and I hate to go through a summer without seeing at least one game in person. For that reason, I’m...

Ashli Watts: Passage of bipartisan infrastructure package leaves Ky. poised for additional growth

The saying is true — if you build it, they will come. Just look at the recent census data showing the areas in Kentucky which saw the most growth over the last 10 years. These areas can credit solid infrastructure as key to attracting businesses and jobs, which lead to population growth. Scott County tops the list in Kentucky, reporting 20% growth over the last 10 years. When asked what factors...