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Danielle Corbin: Here are tips for how to choose the best child care center for your child and your family

Choosing the right child care center is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Research shows that just choosing a “high-quality” preschool for your child will help them get kindergarten-ready—and put them on the path to a fantastic future. But what is “high-quality” and how do you know which “high-quality” center is right for your family? Below are six easy things to do...

Tim Hanner: Supporting the Dialysis PATIENTS Act, an opportunity to improve renal care

Those who meet me may think I am a regular guy and perhaps even in good health for someone my age. What they don’t know is that I’ve survived a rare kidney disease, tuberculosis, dialysis treatments, and a kidney transplant.   My health journey has been tumultuous to say the least. Thirteen years ago I was offered the position to be the next Superintendent of the Kenton County School District....

Bill Straub: Hail, hail Fredonia; America is mired in Duck Soup under President Donald J. Trump

Perhaps the time has come to consider changing the name of the United States of America to Freedonia. Groucho Marx (courtesy of Wikipedia) For the uninitiated, Freedonia, land of the free and brave, is the country ruled by Rufus T. Firefly, as played by Groucho Marx, in the classic 1933 film, Duck Soup. The manner in which Firefly operated, it seems, serves as a precursor to the administration of President...

Stuart Sanders: Legislature reflects on history, changes, during session in Old State Capitol

The Kentucky General Assembly recently held a session in the Old State Capitol in Frankfort. State Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (standing) speaks in a legislative session at the Old State Capitol building in Frankfort (provided photo). It was a special occurrence for the legislature, which last met in the historic structure more than a decade ago. This National Historic Landmark, completed in...

Sandmann attorneys: Washington Post doubles down on lies, we will double down on truth

By L. Linn  Wood and Todd McMurtry In a span of 3 days beginning on January 19, The Washington Post rushed to claim leadership of a mainstream and social media mob of bullies who falsely attacked, vilified and threatened Nicholas Sandmann, an innocent 16-year old boy. Wood, left and McMurtry Late last Friday evening, 41 days after it launched its false attacks on a minor, the Post published an Editor’s...

Glenna Bevin: Scholarship tax credits expand education opportunities for all Kentucky’s children

During the next few weeks, our General Assembly has a remarkable opportunity to give thousands of Kentucky children a new path to success by voting in favor of two bills that will help create a scholarship tax credit program. House Bill 205 and Senate Bill 118 will go a long way towards helping children in the Commonwealth reach their dreams. Families like the Hendersons in South Louisville know all...

Amye Bensenhaver: By stealth legislators go for more stealth; HB 387 is example, sadly, of ‘darkness as best disinfectant’

There is one provision of the Kentucky open records law that Representative Jason Petrie (R-Elkton) neglected to include in the committee substitute to HB 387 which passed out of the House Economic Development Committee late on February 26. That revision would “clarify,” a term Rep. Petrie used to describe his bill, the statement of legislative policy that now appears in the open records law. Petrie...

Letter to General Assembly: Long list of advocates urge defeat of HB 3, barriers for children, families

To the Members of the Kentucky General Assembly: We, the undersigned, voice our strong opposition to House Bill 3. HB 3 would erect costly and complex barriers that take away vital food, health care and financial assistance from children and families in Kentucky. Scores of studies have found that participation in these programs improves success for children in school and has lasting benefits into adulthood...

Commentary: Infrastructure investment is key to economic growth; we all depend on transportation

Kentucky is in a prime spot — within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population. That makes the Commonwealth a key site for industries needing to transport products across the country. Dave Adkisson In fact, University of Kentucky economists report more than a quarter of the state’s economy is made up of industries highly dependent on transportation. National surveys of corporate...

Bill Straub: Unavoidable to broach this subject again, but to clarify — it isn’t voter fraud, it’s election fraud

In a week where President Trump (Egads!) traveled to Vietnam — a country he assiduously sought to avoid some 50 years ago — to play footsie with a half-mad dictator who has killed thousands of his subjects, and where the president’s former lawyer served him up on a silver platter before a congressional committee, we are here once again visiting Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’...

Danielle Corbin: Celebrate digital learning with less screen time; power those devices down

Considering the prevalence of screens in our lives — be it television, laptops, tablets or smartphones —it’s easy to feel as though our children are overindulging on access to technology. In reality, according to a study conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund, children’s average daily screen time has held steady -— at a little over two hours -— for years. Does that mean parents...

Amye Bensenhaver: Public right to know; consumer lenders don’t deserve secrecy on disclosures

HB 285, sponsored by Michael Meredith, (R-Oakland), is a 30-page bill that is intended to “modernize” regulation and oversight of these consumer loan companies that are permitted to charge a greater rate of interest “than otherwise permitted by law.” Whether Meredith’s bill achieves this goal is a topic for another day. But you can add HB 285 to the growing list of bills introduced in the...

Sen. John Schickel: Shaping Commonwealth’s future; look at some of Senate bills considered last week

Squeaky floors. No vote-counting tote boards. And nearly two-century-old decor.   That’s what greeted Senators when they convened for the fourth week of the 153rd regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly on Tuesday inside the Old State Capitol Building. The nostalgia commemorated President’s Day, often used to observe the birthday of one of Kentucky’s greatest sons, President Abraham...

Gov. Bevin on US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Trade modernization benefits Kentucky and North America

Throughout the very complex trade negotiations to replace NAFTA via a trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Trade or USMCA, President Trump, Secretary Ross and the Trump Administration have been the subject of no small amount of criticism. Gov. Bevin As Governor of Kentucky and as a businessman with decades of experience across a wide array of industries, I have intentionally...

Brent Cooper: Investing in Kentucky’s infrastructure is the key to our economy and quality of life

Reliable transportation is key to any successful economy. Business leaders are keenly aware of this fact. If you’re waiting on a critical shipment, want your employees to arrive on time, or if you’re running to catch a flight at CVG, you need reliable transportation. You’ll hear business groups talk about large companies impacted by transportation issues: places like Amazon, DHL, Kroger, etc....