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Bill Straub: Deja vu all over again — gun massacres, promise of controls, then nothing; repeat rapid fire

All right, let’s break this one down to its component parts. On the morning of Aug. 3, a gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others in El Paso, TX. About 13 hours later, in Dayton, OH, a second gunman shot and killed 10 people and injured 17 others. The incidents brought to 251 the number of mass shootings that have occurred in the United States of America...

Commentary: Skilled-workers law would be a boon for Kentucky businesses, say Chamber executives

Earlier this year in a speech discussing immigration, former President George W. Bush declared Americans need to “dial down the rhetoric, put politics aside and modernize our immigration laws.” The Kentucky business community agrees. Kentucky businesses know we need to get past the rhetoric and divisiveness of the issue and fix our broken immigration system into one that drives job creation and...

Constance Alexander: Being reminded of what work really is and whether we appreciate it enough

In my New Jersey hometown, the Duchess Diner was the main hang out for teenagers. Next door from the Dairy Queen, catty-corner from the Four Seasons Pool Hall, and a couple of blocks off Main Street, the location was strategic. Our parents hated it. We probably spent more time in the parking lot than anywhere else. We talked with friends, kidded around, boys and girls subtly checking each other out...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages about America’s exceptionalism through work ethic

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Last week we covered how crucial work ethic will be for our individual success. Now we cover the importance of work ethic to the entire country. Instead of skipping over the positives as some people do, let’s begin there. We can learn about America’s positive work ethic by studying America’s productivity and quality...

Anna Baumann: How are Kentucky workers faring this Labor Day; where are quality jobs families need?

The longest economic recovery on record and a state unemployment rate of 4.3% sounds like a strong foundation for Kentuckians’ prosperity. But a close look at the numbers this Labor Day shows an economy where many Kentucky communities still lack jobs, especially quality jobs families need to thrive. When you take into account the many still-sidelined workers the official unemployment rate doesn’t...

Letter to the Editor: Voter Ruth Bamberger says McConnell should act in a democratic way as Leader

In a recent NKyTribune op-ed by Sen. McConnell, I agree with his assessment of China’s authoritarian regime’s suppression of freedom, self-expression, and self-government in Hong Kong. China, in fact, is violating the 1997 agreement honoring the right of Hong Kong to continue its economic and political systems as it did under former British rule. Mitch McConnell But McConnell’s record as...

Jesse Brewer: Explaining reasons for my no vote on new residential development off Old North Bend Rd

At our most recent Boone County Fiscal Court meeting on Aug. 27, a majority of the fiscal court-approved, by a 3-1 vote, a new residential development off Old North Bend Road comprised of condos, townhouses, and patio homes. Of the four legislative members on the fiscal court, I was the only dissenting vote for this project for a multitude of reasons, which I will outline below. First, let me say that...

Allison Ball: STABLE Kentucky is game-changing and life-changing for our citizens with disabilities

During my first year in office, I was approached by a young woman who expressed to me her limited ability to save and invest for her future. This limitation came not from her own lack of discipline or willingness, but rather from government regulation. As a person with a disability receiving government benefits, she could only save $2,000 at a time without jeopardizing government benefits she received...

Bill Straub: Kentucky’s famous statesman Henry Clay preferred being right, Bevin just wants to be governor

It was one of Kentucky’s most celebrated statesmen, Henry Clay, who, way back in 1839, uttered the memorable phrase, “I’d rather be right than be president.” Perhaps Clay’s words have served as an inspiration for Gov. Matt Bevin, aka St. Matt the Divine of New Hampshire, who seems to be giving a new twist to the old phrase through his actions – I’d rather be a twit than be governor. St....

Fernando Figueroa: Gateway is proud to serve NKY, helping people have better life, driving workforce

Gateway Community and Technical College serves Northern Kentucky by helping people have a better life through education and by driving economic growth through workforce development. Northern Kentucky is experiencing exciting but complex changes on both fronts, and Gateway is perfectly positioned to play its part. Last academic year, Gateway saw almost 1,900 graduates – our ninth straight year-to-year...

McConnell: The rest of the world should do what the protesters in Hong Kong are doing; confront Beijing

The Hong Kong crisis is something the world has seen time and again: authoritarian rulers seeking to repress the innate human desire for freedom, self-expression and self-government. The scenes remind us of Budapest in 1956 and the Prague Spring of 1968, of Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Moscow in recent weeks. The next chapter is unfolding today as the Chinese Communist Party terrorizes the people of...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about exceptionalism through work ethic

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa President Thomas Jefferson once joked “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Just about every successful person agrees that work comes before success. In other words, “lucky breaks” usually occur after our work ethic moves us into the best position to take advantage...

Richard Nelson: Political Action Committees offer teachable moment, reflect values of constituency

Elections are kind of like a new school year. New faces show up. Fresh ideas are disseminated. Personalities emerge. Elections often teach us as much about the candidates’ values as we learn about ourselves. In other words, elections serve as teachable moments. Like a school yard playground, the campaign season brings out bullies. Just ask Matt Jones who believes his Hey Kentucky! television...

State Rep. Bentley: Cost of some prescription medications too high, legislation is needed

As a pharmacist, I have seen firsthand the struggle Kentucky families face when it comes to paying high prices for their prescription medications.  Bentley The average annual cost of brand-name drugs has more than tripled in the last decade, jumping from $1,868 in 2006 to $6,798 in 2017, with drug costs increasing four times faster than the rate of general inflation. One life-saving drug, Insulin,...

Al Cross: Trump is back-and-forth on gun control legislation; in the end, he and McConnell must agree

In Louisville on Wednesday, President Trump said he would get, or help get, Gov. Matt Bevin and Sen. Mitch McConnell re-elected: “We’ll get them both back in.” Bevin was on hand, to bask in the glow of a president who has the approval of most Kentucky voters and whose support he needs to win a second term. McConnell wasn’t around, because he was recovering from surgery six days earlier to repair...