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Jason Bailey: Kentucky’s senators must agree to adequate federal aid for state to survive recession

A couple months ago, some public officials and corporate lobbyists began eagerly calling for states to reopen rapidly as the way to solve the COVID-19 problems of mass unemployment and struggling businesses. But the choice to reopen before the virus had been controlled and minimized — and without adequate testing, contact tracing and protections for workers and consumers — has been a dismal failure. COVID-19...

Mayor Joseph Meyer: People over politics — especially during a pandemic

As the mayor of Covington, Kentucky’s fifth-largest city, I have a message for public officials trying their best to undercut and demolish the state’s strategic and steady response to COVID-19: A pandemic is no time for partisan gamesmanship. When COVID-19 hit this March in all its fury, Covington was riding a wave of economic development and excitement, a city whose “cool vibe” was enticing...

Bill Straub: Rand Paul objects to Trump’s Gestapo but then wants Dr. Fauci to be more optimistic

In The Sound of Music, that wholesome hash of low-brow entertainment produced on both stage and screen, a waddle of nuns is heard crooning the tune, “How do you solve a problem like Maria?: In Kentucky, the song might be improved if Oscar Hammerstein’s lyrics could be edited to ask, “How do you solve a problem like Rand Paul?” The Republican senator from Bowling Green often comes across...

Dr. Scottie Day: Reopening schools safely requires careful planning — here are guidelines to consider

As we continue into unchartered waters during the coronavirus pandemic, reopening schools safely requires careful planning. Many schools are overcrowded and understaffed, which makes implementing measures such as distancing and cleaning difficult. The American Academy of Pediatrics has outlined some guidelines for states and school districts to consider when planning a safe environment for students,...

Fernando Figueroa: Gateway helps find ‘new normal,’ offering a work-ready, affordable education

As we continue our ongoing battle with COVID 19, which shows few signs of letting up anytime soon, our families, communities, businesses, and educational organizations need to find new ways to do old things to navigate through these troubling times. Fortunately, the 16 colleges that make up the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, including Gateway Community & Technical College in...

Jan Hillard: We are all in this together, except for our partisan differences

It is expected that our political parties differ on many issues such as the economy, foreign affairs, and the role of government. These differences are reflected in public opinion and across political leaders. However, it would be reasonable to expect that partisan differences would significantly lessen during the current pandemic. Instead, the opposite is true. During the pandemic, partisan differences...

Al Cross: There’s no question Cameron’s timing was bad, but Beshear’s attitude is far from perfect

“The coronavirus is not involved in American politics.” So says Mitch McConnell, who has gotten most things right about the pandemic, but not that one. What he means is that the virus doesn’t pick and choose whom it infects. But it has also infected politics, and that’s making worse the disease it causes – and hampering our ability to control it. President Trump is the leading example, mismanaging...

Christina Conover: Here’s how your absentee ballot gets counted — and how you can be confidant with a mail-in option

As we draw closer to the 2020 general election, one non-partisan concern is: Did my vote really count? This concern was brought to light under Kentucky’s emergency regulations that permitted no-excuse mail-in absentee voting in the 2020 Primary. This change in the manner of the election, which gave voters the mail-in option, resulted in unprecedented turnout. Many people in Kenton County (where we...

Rocky Adkins: Beshear rebuilding unemployment after years of cuts designed to fail Kentucky workers

My fellow Kentuckians deserve better than an unemployment office that has been starved of funding for years and a system that was designed to tell them “no” when they need help. On those dark days when Kentuckians have lost their job, they deserve better, and Gov. Andy Beshear is committed to fixing the state’s antiquated unemployment system with financial, staffing and geographic challenges...

Bill Straub: Leave it to Mitch to make terrible situation unbearable, and welcome to McConnell World

With the Covid-19 juggernaut sweeping across the nation, sidestepping the federal government’s thus-far paltry efforts to rein it in, you can always count on Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell to make a terrible situation even worse. Despite recent bromides paying tribute to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...

Advancing Equity: CAC working to create opportunities for all, give voice to voiceless

Part of a series by NKY’s nonprofits who stand together against racism and any acts that dehumanize people. By Catrena Bowman-Thomas and Rhonda Chisenhall NKY Community Action Commission Community Action Agencies were formed as a part of President Johnson’s War On Poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was created “to eliminate the paradox of poverty on the midst of plenty in this...

Charles Leis: Landmark SCOTUS cases upholds school choice; Ky. needs scholarship tax credits



A few short days ago, school choice advocates and nonpublic school families across the U.S. celebrated the school choice ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS.) The Court’s decision in favor of Espinoza in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue lifted yet another barrier to educational freedom, making it clear that families can use scholarship tax credits for the...

Jan Hillard: Reopening schools and lessons learned from spring shutdown; schools face a dilemma

As Fall approaches, school districts, parents, students, and elected officials are struggling with the question of re-opening schools amidst the continuing threat of COVID-19. Reopening is a complex decision that brings into question the capacity of schools to make safe adjustments to face-to-face classrooms, improve access and ease of use to remote learning, and respond to ever-changing medical and...

Dick Gabriel: Let me interrupt your misperceptions about Adolph Rupp with some facts on the race issue

Given the climate in America today when it comes to race relations, it was inevitable that a debate would open up about Rupp Arena and its namesake. To many, the thought of Adolph Rupp still kindles the notion not of basketball, but of racism and segregation.
 It did in me, starting in the mid-‘60s when I began following college basketball. I couldn’t stand the notion of the guy coaching a team...

Constance Alexander: Author Roberta George’s debut novel ‘The Day’s Heat’ is hot stuff; she’s 80

Best birthday present this year was discovering that a friend from long ago, Roberta George, had her first novel published at eighty. “There’s still time,” I said to myself, nervously measuring the years to four score and naught, wondering if I can make the leap the way Roberta did. We’d met in the early 1980s at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in Middlebury, Vermont. Described in the current...