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Columns

  • 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.

  • Back to school safety tips we can all use

    It is a busy time of year for Kentucky families as students get back into the routine of school with many after-school activities, like football and soccer, getting into full gear. I want to wish all the students, teachers and school staff a great year. With each new school year comes great opportunities and chances to achieve new levels of learning and great experience.

  • Morrows ride again

    You never forget the name of the person who almost killed your wife.
    I must first tell you, my need to fight injustice can sometimes come back to haunt me. In my last column, I told you the story about how some kid stole my bike and my wife’s bike when we were living in South Korea. Well, the truth is, I should have let them be. As it turned out, getting those bikes back would spell trouble for us. More so for my wife, Emily.

  • Kentucky is an iconic state

    When it comes to being home to icons known around the world, few states can compete with Kentucky.
    We have a derby that owns the first Saturday in May; a chicken restaurant chain that has grown from a single location in Corbin to more than 15,000 in 125 nations; and a cave so mammoth that it is longer than the combined lengths of the second- and third-longest on the record books. The six million-plus barrels of bourbon now resting in our warehouses, meanwhile, represent more than 90 percent of the world’s production.

  • Keep your family safe, happy and healthy

    Although summer break is coming to an end, summer weather—and hazards—will continue. However, there are a few things you can do to help keep your family safe, happy and healthy for the rest of the season, especially while enjoying the great outdoors.

  • The rewards of workforce development

    By Tommy Wheatley

    At the start of the summer of 1980, I was a college student looking forward to a seasonal job near Hardinsburg, Kentucky, my hometown. I was charged with overseeing a summer youth employment program, matching 16- to 21-year-old workers with non-profit employers.
    That summer, I first realized the impact the workforce development system has on individuals and our entire communities. But little did I know, the job was the start of my own lifelong career and passion.