• October is Domestic Violence and Prevention Awareness Month

    By Delena Trent
    Executive Director
    The Caring Place

    Women of domestic violence are 70 times most likely to be murdered in the few weeks after leaving their abusive partners than at any other time in the relationship. And the number of children exposed to domestic violence every year is 10 million.

  • What a difference

    By Carrie Bridgman

    Last week I took my friend B. to the Waterfront Wednesday concert in Louisville.  B. loves live music and has definite tastes: she likes jazz, blues, folk, easy listening and classic rock. She dislikes heavy metal, punk and New Age music.  She enjoys music with interesting rhythms. The folk rock band we saw last week, Vanderveer, met her standards perfectly. 

  • The sky is the limit for Kentucky

    Most Kentuckians know that the commonwealth plays a major role in the auto industry. In fact, only two states produce more cars and trucks than we do. But, far fewer are likely aware that our work in aerospace and aviation has overtaken it.
    Last year, that industry accounted for nearly $8 billion in exports, topping the $5.9 billion generated by our auto parts and assembly factories. Overall, about half of everything that Kentucky ships beyond our borders ultimately goes toward moving people and products over the ground and in the air.

  • Educating our young about the importance of civics

    I found myself teaching elementary-age students about civics and public service in Casey County this week as part of America’s Legislators Back to School Program.

  • Women part of solution to manufacturing skills gap

    By Cathy Wilson

    It’s no secret that women are underutilized in the manufacturing field. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise nearly 50 percent of the total U.S. labor force, yet only account for 27 percent of all workers in manufacturing.

  • Don’t be silent about suicide

    By Daniel W. Phillips III, Ph.D.

  • Reducing the dangers frontline officers face

    When it comes to keeping us safe, it can be easy to take for granted those who protect us – until tragedy re-reminds us that their job can carry a steep price.
    That was very much on everyone’s mind last week, when House Speaker Greg Stumbo joined with the father of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder – who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 13 – to pledge their support for actions that would help reduce the dangers frontline officers all too often face. It is a cause I support as well.

  • The real thing

    By Carrie Mook Bridgman

    It is officially fall. At least, it's not really summer any more. I won't believe in fall for sure until the day I put on a sweater in the morning and don't take it off by noon. I love fall, but I am sad that the entire summer has ended without two of my favorite summer traditions: a really good watermelon and a really good peach. 

  • Fall is proving to be busy in Frankfort

    Cooler weather is on its way, and I hope you and yours are enjoying the exciting and busy time of fall. Football, fall festivals, school and other activities are in full swing, and I imagine some weeks go by in what seems like a blink of an eye. But, this fall brings us another important event: the election of our next governor and our statewide constitutional officers. I encourage everyone to register and exercise your precious right to vote. The election is Nov. 3, so make plans to cast your vote.

  • Kentucky and its students are progressing

    It may still be early in the school year, but some of the “report cards” the state uses to measure academic progress have already begun to arrive. In general, the news for Kentucky is good, although there is still much room for improvement. Perhaps the best example of that can be found in the growing number of high school students taking and passing Advanced Placement tests, which provide college credit if the score is high enough.