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Commentary: Gov. Beshear’s unemployment insurance backlog is a national embarrassment

By Kentucky State Senators Rick Girdler, Paul Hornback, Damon Thayer and Max Wise   As a direct result of Gov. Andy Beshear’s shutdown orders, nearly half of Kentucky’s workforce has filed for unemployment insurance since March. As we reach the end of June, tens of thousands of Kentuckians who have filed jobless claims still have yet to receive the money they were promised and have earned. Thousands...

Lynn James: Let us hope that 2020 will be the year the second half of the civil war ended

It’s that time of year again when fireworks are heard and seen going off every day and night (legal or not). That’s how we spend the weeks leading up to and following the celebration of our nation’s freedom from the submission – the bondage – of another country. How appropriate that our country’s Independence Day takes place only two weeks after we celebrated the...

Ron Daley: New statue in Capitol is opportunity to explore Kentucky history — with plenty of candidates

The discussion around and the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue in the Capitol rotunda has been a teaching moment for Kentuckians, especially its youth. The consideration of a new statue is an opportunity for young and old alike to learn more about Kentucky and its greatest citizens. Gov. Andy Beshear, the Historic Properties Advisory Commission and other pertinent historic organizations should...

David Bolt: Racial injustice and inequality must end; it’s time to shine the light for change

I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! That phrase is much more than the last words of a dying black man in Minneapolis.  It is the symbolic position of all people of color and many others of various races, nationalities, and ethnicities who we have been left behind in the American Dream. David Bolt Yes, George Floyd’s death was tragic and reprehensible, at the least. But to allow this intolerable...

Al Cross: Any doubt about the vote count could resonate long past the primary

Voting for the Democratic nomination to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is over, but the election is not, because most ballots were mail-in absentees due to the pandemic and are still being counted. That means the campaigns aren’t over, either, and that could affect the general election. Wednesday afternoon, the campaign of state Rep. Charles Booker sought donations “to hire lawyers,...

Bill Straub: Will McConnell maintain majority leader status, even if he defeats his Democrat opponent?

To the vast relief of a grateful but beleaguered nation, Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch” McConnell, has made it clear that, should the good folks of Kentucky choose to return him to the upper chamber for the seventh time this November, he would be more than willing to continue to serve as capo di tutti capi of the GOP caucus, whether it maintains its majority for another two...

Jay Box: Stay healthy at home and attend one of Kentucky’s 16 community colleges

As Kentuckians ponder their options for college this fall, I’d like to offer a suggestion: Look no further than your local community college. I know you are wrestling with concerns about health and safety, so for those who want to continue to stay healthy at home, the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are a good answer. I’m hearing from state and national...

Rep. Lisa Willner to Gov. Beshear: House Democratic Women’s Caucus wants women considered for statue

A letter to Governor Andy Beshear: As chair of the Kentucky House Democratic Women’s Caucus, and on behalf of our 19 members, I first want to thank you for leading the way in the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from the Capitol Rotunda.  This divisive symbol made the “People’s House” a less-than-welcome place for more than 80 years, and as you said on the day the statue was taken down,...

Analysis: Americans are relying more on faith in time of pandemic; faith provides comfort, fellowship

By Jan Hillard NKyTribune Data Editor While most American houses of worship were shuttered in response to COVID 19 (over 90% of churches nationally), their congregations, as well as others, say their faith is growing daily. In times of threat and uncertainty, it is of course understandable that faith provides comfort and fellowship to many. A national, representative survey released in April by the...

Dr. Kevin Kavanagh: The virus is winning, and COVID-19 will not be defeated by false narratives

Society is struggling on two fronts, both for social justice and at the same time to control a raging epidemic. The epidemic of COVID-19 may be with us for a long time — and those who try to minimize it are doing so by placing front-line workers and economically disadvantaged populations at risk. I have been asked by many if I am on the side of the far right, whose narrative trivializes the dangers...

Letters to editor: Kara Gebhart Uhl on why Charles Booker; Kimberly Luse on why Amy McGrath

(Editor’s note: Kentucky’s primary election is Tuesday, June 23. See details about voting here, if you haven’t already asked for a mail-in ballot, it’s too late to get one. It is a partisan election and registered voters can vote only in the Democratic or the Republican primary. Independents cannot vote in either one.) Kara Gebhart Uhl: Charles Booker, the leader we need Who...

Al Cross: Charles Booker, Mike Broihier harvest votes on a field Amy McGrath planted

When Amy McGrath ran for the U.S. House in 2018, Cameron French was with her. He was a campus organizer at the University of Kentucky, where he is a student. But now, as McGrath seeks the Democratic nomination for senator, he’s organizing for state Rep. Charles Booker. French said he abandoned McGrath on the second day of her Senate campaign, when she told the Courier Journal that she would have...

Bill Straub: Georgia Davis Powers represents all that should be celebrated by a statue in Capitol Rotunda

Unless you’re a devotee of Turner Classic Movies – I plead guilty – you’ve probably never come across Judge Priest, a 1934 film starring Will Rogers and directed by the American master, John Ford, who, a year before his passing, said it was his favorite movie. Based on the writings of Paducah native Irvin S. Cobb, Judge Priest takes place in an unidentified Western Kentucky town sometime around...

Emma Jennings: Kentucky deserves Amy McGrath in Washington — and here’s why I am voting for her

Kentucky deserves better than Mitch McConnell, and Amy McGrath is the person we need to choose to take his place. She is genuine, she is determined, and she is willing to fight for what Kentucky, not just her party, needs. The world and our country are changing rapidly, and Kentucky needs strong, forward-thinking leadership to make sure it doesn’t get left behind in coming years. This pandemic has...

Stuart Sanders: Bemoaning statues? Then support places where history actually happened

Confederate monuments are in the crosshairs. Officials in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and beyond are calling for the removal of memorials to rebels and their cause. In Kentucky, authorities evicted the Jefferson Davis statue from the capitol rotunda. Members of Congress have also considered striking rebel names from military bases and might remove 11 statues from the U.S. Capitol. This news...