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Columns

  • Kentucky keeps history alive

    When it comes to keeping history alive, few states can match Kentucky.
    The Kentucky Historical Society, for example, will celebrate its 180th birthday in 2016, the same year our country will mark the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. That legislation kicked off the modern era of protecting and promoting the hundreds of thousands of artifacts and sites that, collectively, tell the story of who we are.

  • Thinking about energy

    On Thursday, I attended a presentation called "Healthy Future for Our Kids" at the Loretto Motherhouse. Tim Darst of Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light discussed ways people can conserve energy and implement "greener" energy practices.
    He noted that issues affecting Kentucky include air, water and soil pollution and climate change.
    Now, I know some "I'm not a scientist" politicians want to pretend climate change isn't happening, or that it's just a natural part of the Earth. The evidence would suggest otherwise.

  • Training future workforce starts with community partnerships

    By Terri Thomas
    Client Services Manager
    Kentucky Career Center/Lincoln Trail

    Fall break was a restful time for many, but for several Marion County High School students, it was an opportunity to get a closer look at the high-demand field of engineering. Thanks to a dynamic partnership in Marion County, 19 students in the school’s Project Lead the Way program participated in a weeklong co-op program, gaining valuable hands-on experience with area employers.

  • Summit addresses fracking threat and energy choices

    By Chris Schimmoeller 

    With the dramatic expansion of the fracking industry in neighboring states and new interest in Kentucky’s deep shale formations, it’s important to look closely at the consequences of fossil fuel use and alternatives for Kentucky.

    The proposed Bluegrass hazardous liquids Pipeline was our wake up call.

  • Creating opportunities for workforce enhances collective community

    By Davette Swiney
    President/CEO of Central Kentucky Community Foundation

    Increasing the caliber of our community starts with a commitment to affecting the lives of individual citizens.

  • There is still lots to learn at legislature

    With recent rain showers and storms rolling through Kentucky as cool and warm weather mix, along with getting into the heart of football season and leaves turning and beginning to fall, autumn is officially here. Along with that, we are very close to an important election day as we go to the polls to choose our next U.S. Senator as well as many local and state officials who will shape policy over the next two to four years. Again, I want to encourage you to exercise your right to vote on Nov. 4 or call your clerk about voting via absentee ballot in the case you will be out of town.

  • Sorting the junk (mail)

    It's that time of year. The time when no matter where you go, you see it, even if you think it's too early to worry about.
    That's right, it's political season ... although sometimes I wonder if it ever ends.
    For many of us, politicking has been invading our mailboxes of late, too.
    Over the last few weeks and months, I've come home to multiple pieces telling me that: - - Mitch McConnell is great for Kentucky
    - McConnell is just another Washington insider

  • Library hosting genealogy and other activities

    By Jama Watts
    Guest columnist

    In the state of Kentucky, October is Archives Month, making it the perfect time to break out the shovels and dig up those ancestors! From 5- 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, the library is hosting a genealogy workshop with yours truly. 

  • Exercise your right to vote on Nov. 4

    This month, I will begin visiting schools throughout the district as part of the America’s Legislators Back to School Program. My presentation includes teaching our form of government and explaining how our representative democracy works. The program is actually a nationwide event and is made available by the National Council of State Legislatures.

  • Newspapers are the ‘tie that binds’ people together

    By Robert M. Williams, Jr.
    National Newspaper Association President

    What do you care most about in life?
    Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: Neighbors, the community, etc.
    That’s our world, our “sphere of influence.” Whatever happens to those who inhabit that place in our hearts and lives means something to us.
    We monitor.