A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Dennis Keene: Not a step forward to remove master’s degree requirement for Kentucky’s teachers

When the Bevin administration removed the master’s degree (Rank II) requirement for Kentucky’s teachers within the first ten years of their teaching career, it took one more swipe at professional standards with regard to Kentucky’s teachers and public schools. The requirement that our teachers receive advanced degrees was a significant investment made by Kentucky’s teachers to advance their...

Letter to Editor: Thanks, Sec. Elaine Chao and U.S. DOT, for federal funding on critical infrastructure

Re: Secretary Elaine Chao and U.S. DOT On August 24, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, visited Boone County to present a collective $74.5 million in federal grant funding for the region. A $67.4 million INFRA grant will leverage local investment to make improvements at the Richwood Road and Mt. Zion Road interchanges on I-71/I-75. Additionally, about $7.1 million in Airport Improvement...

Letter to the Editor: Workers’ Comp Reforms are good for private and public employers

Private and public-sector employers do not always agree, but when we do come together progress is almost always made for our state. This was the case during this past session of the General Assembly when legislators from both sides of the aisle along with a broad coalition of employers from the public and private sectors worked to pass reforms to Kentucky’s workers’ compensation system for the...

Bill Straub: Certainly no witch hunt as Mueller moves right along; and a word about ‘great guy’ Art Schmidt

With the November election now less than two months away, Republicans are ratcheting up their calls for a quick and painless end to the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s apparent maneuvering in the 2016 presidential election that resulted in, and it hurts to say, “President’’ Donald J. Trump (good Lord in heaven). The probe, entering its 15th month,...

Marshall Allen: I am a journalist and a Christian; both the ministry and muckraking serve a higher cause

This story was co-published with The New York Times and ProPublica. More than a dozen years ago I was a finalist for a reporting job at a small newspaper. All I needed to do was survive an interview with the top editor. The other editors warned me, saying their boss took perverse pleasure from smashing the hopes of naive reporters. I braced myself as he studied my resume. His lips curled into a sneer. To...

Constance Alexander: The last holiday of summer also a time to honor legacy of our labor unions

The pressman always talked too loud; in fact, he shouted. When I asked my father why, Daddy explained that the man had to make himself heard above the presses. He had gotten so used to the din, so he seemed unable to turn down the volume even when things were quiet. For so many people, work does not stop when the whistle blows, or the boss goes home, or the time clock punches them out. Today, technology...

Quarles: GleanKY, other organizations, working to eliminate hunger, food waste in the Commonwealth

In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells his listeners a parable, foreshadowing Judgment Day. In the middle of that story, the Son of Man says, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink … Amen, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:35, 40). Quarles The issue of hunger is something that affects more people...

Eli Capilouto: Memorial Hall art, ‘Witness’, is a powerful context for more dialogue and conversation

The work of art that now frames the vestibule of Memorial Hall is appropriately titled Witness. The word witness, I have been reminded recently, is both a noun and a verb. It speaks to the intentional act – the strong declaration – of telling a story. And it stands as a testament to the idea, deeply embedded in who we are as a university, to the responsibility we each share to both observe and...

Richard Nelson: Does national motto — ‘In God We Trust’ — belong in our public schools?

Does the National Motto belong in public school? State Rep. Brandon Reed (R-Hodgenville) thinks so. He’s introducing a bill that would require every Kentucky public elementary and secondary school to display the motto “In God We Trust” in a prominent location. Reed’s rationale is simple. He points to a broken culture of increasing illicit drug use, school violence, and teen...

Constance Alexander: Justine Riley shares her sensory appreciation of the horse in new book

“Most people think horses are beautiful, but I think they smell good,” says Justine Riley. In fact, she is so passionate about sharing her sensory appreciation, she created a book called “I’m a Horse Smeller.” When she wears the teal t-shirt that depicts the book’s cover, equine enthusiasts approach and tell her they understand exactly what she means. Those who don’t have much experience...

Bill Straub: The view from Trump’s DC hotel is ruined by an ‘ugly’ FBI building — and therein is a story

Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell has emerged in the past few months as such a snuggling lapdog for “President’’ Trump (Lord have mercy) that even the most adorable Pomeranian might sneer in contempt. The Louisville Republican who, history shows, regularly places the desires of his party above those of the nation he has taken an oath to serve, has been doing the...

Bridget Powell: As a teacher, it’s my responsibility to help students to good mental health and resiliency

Every school year, I take my 5th-graders to the county jail and judicial facility as a culminating part of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. This is usually a somewhat emotional experience for my students. Most have never been in a jail. Walking through the jail doors as we are “locked in,” anxiety kicks in and this experience gets real for my students and me. Leading my students...

Mitch McConnell: Remembering John S. McCain as a statesman, a family man, a hero, a gentleman . . .

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the passing of his dear friend and colleague, U.S. Senator John S. McCain (R-AZ): “On Saturday evening, a great loss echoed through our country. Six decades of patriotic service came to an end. We’ve suspected for some time that we’d bid farewell to our colleague, the senior...

Melissa Martin: Technology has changed our world but, parents, are you paying attention to dark side?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr, Reddit, WhatsApp, Google, and all the other techno companies have produced products that have changed and benefited the world. Phones, apps, and the web are necessary to our daily work lives and personal lives. But, is there a dark side for teen usage? The annual Piper Jaffray Taking Stock with Teens research survey (2017) questioned...

Mitch McConnell: New education law will help to close the ‘skills gap’ and benefit Kentucky workers

Kentucky’s economy is surging forward. After nearly a decade of sluggish growth, Republican leadership in both Washington and Frankfort is helping encourage job creation and economic opportunity. This is certainly promising news. However, 84% of Kentucky employers also reported last year that they couldn’t find enough qualified workers to fill all the job openings that have been created. One estimate...