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Columns

  • Attention cattlemen - Vote yes on Nov. 20

    By Steve Downs
    2014 KCA President

    Fellow cattlemen - we are in a unique position to invest in our future in a way that will have a profound effect on our livelihood for years to come. On Nov. 20, a referendum will be held, asking you to support an additional dollar check-off for our Kentucky producers. This investment in our future will help ensure that, as cattlemen, we are best positioned to maintain our prosperity even in the face of the challenges that could lie ahead.  

  • State legislature reviews school safety

    Last week, the Department of Education released its latest annual report on school safety, a study that gives the public a truly comprehensive look at the discipline issues our students, teachers, staff and administrators face.
    Overall, the news is good. Nearly 90 percent of the 660,000 students who attend public schools were not involved in any infractions in 2013-14, and of the remainder, only a small percentage was engaged in violent behavior.

  • State, districts prepare for possible missed school days
  • Thank you, veterans, for your selfless service

    This week, we recognize our veterans and thank them for their selfless service to the United States of America. I join you in honoring all of the brave men and women who have served.
    Veterans Day continues to be a very significant day for all of us in Kentucky and the U.S. as we still have so many of our service men and women around the world. Whether they are in a combat zone in the Middle East or deployed to help stem the tide of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the U.S. armed forces continue to defend liberty and help troubled nations all over the world.

  • Global Entrepreneurship Week events invite innovators to take their next steps

    By Lisa Williams
    Director of the Kentucky Innovation Network

    All around our community, we see the impact of entrepreneurship. It’s driving innovative new products and services to the market. It’s strengthening our economy. It’s creating new opportunities.
    It is certainly worth celebrating. The Lincoln Trail region will do just that during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17-23.

  • 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.