• See something, say something

    Too often we hear of terrorist attacks and deadly incidents that in many cases could have been prevented or somehow lessened. Strange and erratic behavior is sometimes the first clue to a potential danger posed to our community. That is why the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security developed the “Eye on Kentucky” program.

  • A need for healing

    Have you ever had a teenager screaming and cursing in your face, throwing things as he stormed through the house? Breaking cabinets? Kicking in doors? Have you ever had to watch a teenager scream and curse at your spouse and you weren’t allowed to do anything about it?
    It’s tough to deal with, let me tell you.

  • Envisioning a local food system

    By Sister Claire McGowan, OP
    Guest columnist

  • Troubling traffic trends on the rise

    About a decade ago, Kentucky started to see a welcome trend as the number of highway fatalities began a steady decline. Totals that regularly exceeded 900 a year before 2007 dropped to 638 in 2013, a figure not seen in the commonwealth since the 1940s.
    Unfortunately, that was as low as it would go. The number of fatalities on our roads last year was almost a fifth higher than the benchmark set just two years earlier, and through the first seven-plus months of this year, it’s eight percent ahead of where it was last August.

  • What the hack?

    There is an unseen enemy attacking Americans today. They hide away in some dingy office in a different country. They are smart. They know exactly what to do and who to target. These enemies are the pirates of our homes, the digital pickpockets who can get your entire fortune if you allow them to dig deep enough. They are scammers.
    I don’t really know a better word for them. Perhaps: sleaze-buckets? Scum-suckers? Other words I’m not allowed to put into print?
    For consistency’s sake, we will stick with scammers.

  • Statistics show why Kentucky is among the best places to live

    Kentucky received some welcome news last month when a national study found that no state had a smaller gap when comparing the high school graduation rates of students from low- and higher-income families. The average gap across the country stands at 15 percent, but it’s just one percent here in the commonwealth. In fact, our low-income students graduate at a higher rate than the overall national average, something only five other states can say.

  • Labor cabinet secretary invites local employers to discuss apprenticeships

    By Derrick Ramsey

    Across Kentucky, many employers continue to battle a shortage of skilled tradespeople combined with the challenges of replenishing an aging workforce. Simultaneously, more and more students are considering the most affordable and efficient path to a high-paying career.

  • Girls can

    The Girls on the Run program changed Brianna Mattingly’s life.
    Mattingly, 13, was one of nine girls in Marion County's inaugural class of Girls on the Run at A.C. Glasscock Elementary School in 2011.
    At the time, she was a shy nine-year-old who lacked self-confidence.
    I remember watching her during our Girls on the Run activities and workouts. I could tell she was special, but it was obvious she didn’t believe in herself.

  • Escaping isolation

    For the last six years, my wife and I have lived relatively in seclusion. In Georgia, we were outsiders – people from the North who didn’t know a blessed thing about the South. Never would as far as they were concerned.

  • We all benefit when the ‘golden years’ are truly golden

    It’s still a while down the road, but the year 2033 will be a pivotal one for our country, because that’s when U.S. Census Bureau projects there will be more citizens over the age of 65 than under the age of 18.
    It’s not a surprising trend, of course, given the gains we have made in medicine, technology and a greater focus on eating right and exercising. From a historical perspective, however, it’s a relatively new phenomenon. A century ago, less than five percent of our citizens were older than 65; by 2040, they will comprise 20 percent.