• By Hannah Wilson

  • By Megan Stith

    Employment is the path to economic self-sufficiency, a source of dignity and the key in our fight to end poverty. Yet, at the same time our businesses are creating more and more job opportunities, many in our communities are willing and able to work but face barriers to employment.

  • At their core, the major American holidays are bound by a common thread: They remind us of who we are and what we stand for, each and every year.
    While the Fourth of July celebrates our founding and freedom, Memorial Day and Veterans Day call on us never to forget the high price paid for those enduring gifts. Thanksgiving gives us a moment among loved ones to appreciate the many good things in our lives, and on Labor Day, which arrives this weekend, we pay tribute to the hard work that made our nation what it is today.

  • It was almost the end of December when we traveled from Bladon Springs, Alabama to Gulf Shores. My wife, Emily, and I had landed a park hosting job almost by accident, and we were excited. We had just spent our first full month in our RV. Bladon Springs, though a nice place for us to stay, had been too secluded. Too lonely. And at times, too eerie.
    The winter was getting colder, but we thought going further south would change all that.
    It didn’t.

  • Given the chance, our dog, Winnie, will chase any critter. She usually goes after birds because they are the most plentiful, even though they are the hardest to catch. Rabbits taunt her every now and then, and she’s even gotten within inches of one or two. We don’t like it when she chases cats, but they are usually aware of her a solid 50 feet before Winnie is aware of them.

  • By Mo Miller
    Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board

    There is no doubt that our region has a strong connection to and appreciation for our nation’s military. The men and women who serve our country are part of the fabric of our community due in large part to our proximity to Fort Knox. That’s why in 2012, when veterans faced above average unemployment, the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board set out to determine why and how we and our regional partners could work together with leaders at Fort Knox to change that.   

  • Before the mid-1970s, special education in our country’s public schools was all but non-existent. Many students were either outright denied the opportunity to attend because of their disability, or they received inferior instruction if they were able to enroll.

  • 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.

  • The Russians historically protected the Christ culture, not the Bolshevik-Nazi communists. WWII Nazis took off their uniforms and became Reds.
    Communism falls in Russia and is imported to America but it is called globalism. All global systems are meant to control regular people. These moguls care nothing about you, only control. Money equals power.

  • When will Trump, his family and supporters see just how unhinged, ignorant of our constutional rights, the rule of law, and destructive his constant bashing of the media and others is? While Hilary Clinton is not perfect, she is qualified and a reasonable, sane human being. How many prominent Republicans and military professionals denouncing him will it take? Even if Trump loses this election, which he is currently, he will have done serious damage to our democratic republic with his hateful rhetoric.
    Elizabeth Wallen

  • Imagine for a moment that you have just been released from jail. You’re carrying a plastic bag with a change of underwear, socks and a toothbrush. Your pockets are empty. Your wallet would be, too, if you owned one. You have no family. The friends you have are still doing drugs. You know if you go to them you will be tempted by your previous addiction. But you’ve changed. You’re trying to better yourself. You don’t want to fall back into those old habits.  

  • 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.

  • By Sister Claire McGowan, OP
    Guest columnist

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Trump the Terrible. That's my nickname for this terrible person, and horrible candidate for president. I cringe at the very reality that he is actually running for office. Trump's behavior is utterly indefensible; yet Republicans continue to defend his obnoxious, ignorant, verbally abusive, disrespectful behavior.
    "God help us" as independent, former New York City Mayor Mr. Bloomberg said at the Democratic National Convention, with regard to his bad business practices.

  • By Jerisia Lamons

  • 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.

  • 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.