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Opinion

  • Last year, I published a column about summer safety and I wanted to bring it up again this year. Although many children will be back in school within the month, the summer heat and fun will continue and with it, the chance for injuries and sicknesses that can easily be prevented. Take a moment to review these tips to ensure your family’s safety.

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

  • The Kentucky Standard

    Isaiah House is the largest faith-based or “Christ-centered” drug treatment and rehab program in Kentucky and serves the entire state.

  • By Kenny Rambo

    Did you know by 2020 millennials will make-up 50 percent or more of the workforce? It is an alarming statistic if you buy into the negative stereotypes that exist around this generation, born between 1977 and 1995.

  • Good deed doesn’t go unnoticed

  • By Dr. Patrick J. Withrow

    What I am referring to, sadly, are the horrible chronic diseases and premature deaths caused by Kentuckians using tobacco products.
    Per Capita, Kentucky ranks No. 1 in cigarette consumption of all 50 states and leads the nation in lung cancer deaths. One-third of all cancer deaths in Kentucky are related to tobacco. The No. 1 killer of women is heart attack and stroke and of men, cancer; most are attributable to tobacco. Kentucky leads the nation by far in pregnant women who smoke (26.5 percent vs. 10.7 percent).  

  • By Lisa Boone

    Months ago, the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board set out to develop a thoughtful strategic plan that not only assures our regional workforce development system is responsive to the needs of job seekers and employers but also addressed the system’s change in focus as laid out by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Although I live in Indiana, I would like to write a letter about Johnny 
    Boone.
    I do not feel that Johnny Boone should have to serve any time in prison. He 
    did not murder anyone. He is not a violent individual. He did a lot of good 
    for people in both Washington and Marion counties in Kentucky. Why is the 
    Commonwealth of Kentucky and the U.S. government spending millions of dollars 
    to prosecute and imprison a man who is not a threat to anyone?

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed
     
    The Fourth of July is a time that represents everything that is fundamentally great about America: the freedom and inalienable rights that this nation was founded upon.

  • By Dr. Juston Pate

    Employers in high-demand industries across our region are facing the same challenge. They are struggling to find the skilled employees they need to replenish an aging workforce, grow their businesses and remain globally competitive. At the same time, many Central Kentuckians with the potential to succeed in our region’s growing career fields are held back by the financial burden of continuing their education.

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  • By Gary Miles

    While we may not like to admit it, hunger is everywhere, in every single community, including Marion County.
    While the economy has been improving, food insecurity and poverty remain higher than before the Great Recession of 2008 began. And while food insecurity rates have declined, the millions of people still facing hunger could be falling further behind.

  • By Trish Niles

    As a member of the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board (LTWDB) and a human resource professional, I can relay firsthand our region’s growing demand for skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. At the same time, we know there are young adults living in our region who are interested in meaningful careers in manufacturing, but need help to get a successful start.

  • The recent reorganization of the middle schools in Marion County may turn out to be a good idea. It makes it possible to balance the student numbers and possibly offer more elective courses. There are probably other improvements made possible by this new arrangement. Good creative leadership here!
    The need to reassign teachers is inevitable, and even though it is upsetting, it is just part of the job and is needed to best serve the students. Hopefully, this will better prepare our students for the future.

  • The Stars and Stripes have long represented the values and history of the United States, but oftentimes we do not know or fully understand how to respect “Old Glory’s” presence. On June 14, 2017, we celebrate the annual Flag Day to honor our nation’s emblem. In light of that holiday, Memorial Day, and the quickly-approaching Fourth of July, I thought it relevant to share some of the United States’ tradition, regulations, and laws pertaining to the American flag, all of which can be found in various government publications.

  • By Ricky Dale Calhoun, PhD
    Guest columnist

  • By Lisa Boone

    When the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox metropolitan statistical area ranked as the No. 1 MSA for start-up growth in the country, I couldn’t have been prouder of what that means for our region. The ranking speaks volumes for the entrepreneurial culture that has developed in our area, and a vital tool in developing that culture is providing aspiring business owners ongoing access to valuable resources.