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Emma Curtis: State legislature’s cruel war on gender-affirming care only serve to hurt more Kyians

I am a 26-year-old woman and a lifelong resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I have attended private, religious, and public schools here, and I’ve worked, worshiped, and volunteered here.   But most importantly, I am a transgender person who has received gender-affirming care here. I am living proof that gender-affirming care is genuinely lifesaving. I would not be here today to tell my story...

Constance Alexander: Chautauqua lecture series visit with midwife founder is multi-course affair

In the usual no-nonsense uniform she describes as “indestructible,” Mary Carson Breckinridge welcomes us to dinner at Wendover, her rustic log home on the banks of the Middle Forks River in eastern Kentucky. Addressing us in an imperious but good-humored tone, she announces that it is 1952. Ms. Breckinridge is clearly in charge, so no one in the audience at Murray’s First Presbyterian Church...

Amye Bensenhaver: No celebrating Sunshine Week this year; there’s nothing to do but keep fighting

I will not celebrate Sunshine Week 2023. Since leaving the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office in 2016, I have pursued open government as an avocation rather than a vocation. I have come to understand the importance of Sunshine Week as an annual celebration of public records laws securing the public’s right to know how their elected officials conduct the public’s business. But as a former...

Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s look at news of the week — Sunshine, Daylight Savings, Biden budget, travel?

                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 several cartoons a week and distributes them through his own syndicate. Through Heller Syndication, his cartoons regularly appear in more than 400 newspapers, making him the most successful...

Ken Rechtin: A permit to polute, really? EPA needs to hold Newport company accountable for air pollution

Located in Newport, River Metals Recycling (RMR), a subsidiary of Nucor (NUE, NYSE), annually obtains a “pollution permit.” It is issued by the State of Kentucky EPA. This “pollution permit” allows RMR to pollute our air and our Licking River (here, I will focus on our air quality). Only recently, after numerous complaints from citizens choking on noxious odors and clouds of smoke, the State...

Bill Straub: Mitch McConnell is no prize as party leader but what can we expect in his successor?

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the earth mother of the new, mean-spirited Republican Party, was attending some sort of right-wing confab in Coeur d’ Alene, ID, ground zero for White Christian nationalism in this great nation of ours, last month when she asked the scores of folks in attendance to respond to this statement: “How many people here, raise your hand if you believe Mitch McConnell is a...

Al Cross: No-compromise culture war has ruined our politics

When the Kentucky House voted to ban gender-affirming medical treatment for Kentucky minors, even if their parents want them to have such care, it illustrated what’s wrong with our politics and with the Kentucky General Assembly. Medical science and wisdom are ignored, and the legislative process is abused, all for political expediency. The loudest and most extreme voices hold sway, and compromise...

Jamie Ruehl: On abortion, an acrimonious topic indeed, agree that life is a right

Why is the issue of abortion such an acrimonious topic? On one side of the issue you see people arguing for body autonomy while on another side you see people arguing for a respect for human life regardless of the level of development. Jamie Ruehl grew up in Erlanger. He graduated from St. Henry District High School, earned a degree in business administration from Xavier University, served the US Army...

Constance Alexander: Celebrating Women’s History Month with Hamlet: Nice girls come in last

As an exchange student at the University of Copenhagen, I spent orientation week with other American kids residing at the Hotel Hamlet in Elsinore. January in Denmark exuded a chilly mist that settled like a shroud over the city. The weather was perfect for sightings of the ghost of Hamlet’s father and endless recitation of the most famous quotes from the play. (Painting by John William Waterhouse,...

Richard Nelson: ‘Do No Harm Act’ protects Kentucky’s children from life-altering decisions

The Do No Harm Act (HB 470) passed the Kentucky state House amid raucous opposition last week. Opponents positioned the bill as anti-transgender, hateful in fact, and in some cases verbally accosted legislators for their beliefs. In reality, HB 470 was pro-child protection for children who cannot rightly make such life-altering decisions. Essentially the bill protects minors suffering from gender dysphoria...

Joe Heller: Cartoonist’s take on news of week — Dilbert, cookie time, Fox News, Pink Floyd

                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 several cartoons a week and distributes them through his own syndicate. Through Heller Syndication, his cartoons regularly appear in more than 400 newspapers, making him the most successful...

Kyle Keeney: House Bill 180 brings new hope to Kyians by expanding access to biomarker testing

Technology is reshaping medicine in ways that were almost unimaginable a few short years ago. Now, medical innovation is bringing new hope to Kentuckians who suffer from cancer and other conditions that drastically impact their health and quality of life. Our challenge is to make sure access to innovation keeps up with the evolution of treatment options. Innovations in early detection are changing...

Bill Straub: Jamie Comer is on a misguided, multifaceted roll indeed — and he’s in over his head

From his ham-handed mangling of congressional probes that makes Inspector Clouseau look like Sherlock Holmes, to his stupefying lack of anything approaching acuity, Kentucky’s own Rep. Jamie Comer has suddenly emerged as the pasty face of a new, grievance-riddled Republican Party, steamrolling the nation toward the sort of discord unseen since the Vietnam War. Comer, R-Whereverhehangshishat, chairs...

Dan Weber’s Just Sayin’: Basketball postseason and baseball, softball preseasons cross over here

Thursday is the day for NKU. Both NKU basketball teams will be in action Thursday evening in the Horizon League quarterfinals. The No. 4 seed NKU men (19-12) host an Oakland team they just beat in the final road game of the season at Truist Arena in a 7 p.m. tip. But the Norse have to be careful since this 13-18 Oakland team, while bowing to the Norse in Michigan, 71-66, Saturday, upset NKU 64-63 Jan....

Teri Carter: What’s so dangerous about books? What about all the kids who die from firearms?

When Grandpa Pete died in November 2011, I was in a car full of family members as we drove from the funeral service to the cemetery when someone said, “I’ve never read more than three pages in any book.” This 40-something college graduate went on to tell us that any book worth reading would be made into a movie, and why would anyone in their right mind spend days reading a book when they could...