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Columns

  • Employers struggling to find able-bodied Kentuckians

    Autumn is already upon us as we celebrate the return of fall colors and cooler weather. In advance of the special session, members of the Kentucky General Assembly have been busy during the interim period. Although we are not in session currently, there are many issues that face our Commonwealth that can be addressed outside of the convened legislative body including hearing from citizens across the state about issues that directly affect them.

  • Power of the press is the content, not the delivery platform

    By Gene Policinski
    Newseum CEO

    WASHINGTON — The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

    Notice in those words not a mention of celebrity content, mobile devices nor “aspirational” reportage that feels good without doing any good.

  • A signature industry

    By Kim Huston

    Bourbon is booming, and this week we’ll see further evidence of that as Bardstown - the Bourbon Capital of the World - hosts the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. In 2016, 53,000 people from 44 states as well as the District of Columbia and 14 different countries attended the festival, and we are looking forward to an even more successful 2017 festival.

  • Old Glory

    By Stanley Gaddie
    Guest columnist

  • Loretto Community denounces suspension of DACA

    The Loretto Community is deeply disappointed and angered by the decision of the Trump administration to suspend the DACA Executive Order and break our nation’s promise to 800,000 young Dreamers. Loretto urges congressional passage of the bi-partisan DREAM Act, which would convert DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Executive Order, issued by President Obama and yesterday suspended by the Trump administration – into federal law.

  • ‘The regulars’

    Five out of seven days a week, my alarm sounds at 4 a.m.
    Yes, 4 a.m.
    No, I don’t have cows to milk or livestock to feed.
    I willingly choose to get up really early, put on my gym clothes, take the dogs out to do their business, and then drive to Fitness One in Lebanon.
    You would think that at such an early hour the gym would be empty, but that’s not the case.
    I can always expect “the regulars” to be there.
    Who are “the regulars?”
    Oh, I’m glad you asked.

  • We will fix the state’s pension problems

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    The independent consulting group, PFM, commissioned by the state to examine our pension problems, released their long-awaited report on Aug. 28. In the midst of much news reporting and information being pushed, it is important to note that the report only lists PFM’s proposals, and any legislative action will not mirror the full recommendations.

  • Work hard, play hard: Why both are important to our children’s success

    By Katherine L. Stone, Ph.D. and Laura Bonzo-Sims, Ed.D.

  • How 2-1-1 helps address our workforce supply crisis

    By Megan Stith

    We’ve all had a day when something upset our pre-work routine. It could have been a flat tire, a child with a sudden fever and, hence, no daycare option, or a power outage that knocked out your alarm clock and every appliance in the kitchen. Those are bad days, to say the least, even for those of us who have flexibility and solid support systems.

  • Interim Joint Committees are busy at work

    Summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school, but the members of the Kentucky General Assembly are still working on your behalf in Frankfort attending Interim Joint Committees. These committees bring together members of the Kentucky House and Senate to collaborate on policy ideas and discuss bills for future sessions. The interim is also a time for us, the members of the General Assembly, to hear from different offices and branches of government to keep them accountable to you, the taxpayer.