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Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for American’s youth – focus on achievement not envy

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa There will always be people in this world who earn more money than us or have things we want. How will we view the people doing better than us? We get to choose 100% what we think about them. We could choose to be jealous. We could choose to criticize or tear people down. We could say to ourselves and others, “They...

Steven Mintz: Are rude and crude the new norm, or will Americans bring back civility; here are some tips

Can we talk? Joan Rivers made that catchphrase popular decades ago, but in 2019 the answer to the late comedian’s heartfelt query appears to be a resounding no. Whether it’s tweets on social media, pundits on TV, politicians in Washington, or parents at a youth soccer match, much of the communication we engage in today is ill-mannered, inconsiderate, vicious and sometimes downright cruel or violent.  In...

Tom Elfers: Kentuckians deserve better; they deserve the Kentucky that Andy Beshear can deliver

Kentuckians deserve better. We deserve a Governor who respects the educators who care for our children and work tirelessly, day and night, to help them to learn and grow into productive, upstanding citizens. We deserve a Governor who understands that public education at all levels is vital to the growth of our economy, our communities, and our Commonwealth. We deserve a Governor who values the public...

Al Cross: The values that drive voters will be the key as Kyians prepare to head to the polls Tuesday

Gov. Matt Bevin told The New York Times that Tuesday’s election won’t be close – that he will beat Attorney General Andy Beshear by 6 to 10 percentage points. “I think you’re going to be shocked at how uncompetitive this actually is,” he told reporter Jonathan Martin, who has a knack for getting politicians to say what they think. Bevin may have based his prediction on what happened four...

Judges-Executives: A case for voting for Gov. Matt Bevin on November 5

By Boone County Judge/Executive Gary Moore, Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery, and Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann  We’re writing today to urge you to vote for Governor Matt Bevin on Tuesday, Nov. 5th.  When our parents’ generation went to war in 1941, they left a state that was nearly identical in population to our neighbor to the south, Tennessee. Seventy-plus years...

Letter to the editor: Bill Butler objects to Bill Straub’s ‘low blow’ on segregation related to Bevin, Cameron

I strongly object to Bill Straub’s column today in the NKY Tribune and I suppose other Kentucky media outlets. To paint Cameron and Bevin in the context of George Wallace the former segregationist is a low blow at best, and in the poorest of taste, cheap. Is it an indication of how badly he wants to affect the election in Kentucky next Tuesday that he would stoop to such levels as to suggest if not...

Bill Straub: Ah, the memories of George Wallace’s yesteryear revisit KY in Bevin, Cameron campaign

Return with us now, for a moment, to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when Alabama Gov. George Corley Wallace, whose face, a witness once observed, resembled a clenched fist, stood before the state capital in Montgomery to declare “in this very heart of the Great Anglo-Saxon Southland’’ — “segregation today . . . segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever.” It was Jan. 14,...

Joe Meyer: Bevin support for tolls on Brent Spence Bridge disappointing to Northern Kentucky

As the Mayor of Northern Kentucky’s largest city, I feel compelled to speak out about Governor Bevin’s shocking endorsement of tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge at Tuesday night’s debate at Northern Kentucky University. Why is his position shocking to me?  For more than five years, since Governor Bevin first ran against Mitch McConnell, he has publicly and privately opposed tolls on the Brent...

John Schickel: What do you think of increasing the gas tax and other matters? Remember to vote!

Fall is officially upon us, which means the end of the interim is quickly approaching. It is hard to believe that in less than 100 days, the General Assembly will convene at the Capitol for the 2020 Regular Session.   Advancing public policy is one of the cornerstones of the legislative branch. The General Assembly is utilizing this time away from Frankfort to reflect on current structures and better...

Richard Nelson: Halloween is approaching but real scariness lies in disrespect of others’ points of view

Halloween is approaching, but Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s resolve to remove tax-exempt status from churches and other nonprofits sent shivers through viewers of CNN’s recent presidential town hall forum. We expect every presidential candidate to uphold the First Amendment rights of all, and Beto’s conflation of same-sex marriage with human rights isn’t...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive message for America’s Youth – exceptionalism through patriotism

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Patriotism means being proud of our country, grateful, and willing to stand up for it. By looking at America’s positives, we find many good reasons to be patriotic. To begin with, we built the world’s largest economy and achieved a high standard of living. As we achieved, we became the world’s most generous nation with...

Jacob Clabes: ‘Unexpected friends’ can happen; embracing them can become unexpectedly wonderful

On Thursday morning, after finishing my hurried morning routine of rousing my three sleepy kids, preparing the day’s lunches and spiriting them off to their respective schools, I returned home and stood before my desk to begin the day. Like any other morning, the chatter of the news was on in the background as I went about my usual business. On this particular morning, an unusual solemnity interrupted...

Al Cross: McConnell cares most about the state Attorney General race, and things are looking up

For Mitch McConnell, things in Kentucky are looking up. In Washington, not so much. The races are close, but the Senate majority leader’s state appears likelier than not to elect Republicans to the state’s top offices Nov. 5. McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin, former rivals, have learned how to get along and stay out of each other’s way, and a Bevin victory should increase McConnell’s chances of...

Debbie Zegarra invites all-comers to ‘ET’s Stampede for Suicide Awareness,’ for good mental health

Ethan’s Purpose, a local non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of good mental health and suicide prevention, is hosting it’s first annual ET’s Stampede for Suicide Awareness on Saturday, October 26. This event will help fund our non-profit foundation that is currently providing counseling for over 240 students in three Boone County Schools – Conner High...

Bill Straub: Argue the facts when you have them; when you don’t, pound the table. And so they do

There’s an old bromide often circulated among lawyers in just about any courthouse you might happen upon in any part of these United States: When the facts are on your side, argue the facts. When the facts are against you, pound the table. Congressional Republicans, also known as white guys in suits, are industriously pounding the table these days in regard to the hearings being conducted that might...