• By Amy Morgeson
    Guest columnist

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…nope not Christmas, September! You have the warmth of summer with a hint of cool in the evenings. The city itself seems happier in September. Street curbs get a cheerful coat of fresh yellow paint. The Main Street flowers are in full bloom. Store windows are ready for Ham Days. The holiday season is coming, but you know the worst of the cold is a few months away. Everyone just feels like celebrating.

  • While the temperature may not feel like fall just yet, many of the traditional signs of the season are starting to arrive.
    One of the most telling is the sheer number of festivals that has already started to take place and will run through Halloween. They are centered on items you might expect – country ham, dairy products, apples and bourbon – and a few more that may seem odd until their history is known.

  • By G.B. Dixon
    With the sublime prompting of a simple downbeat, a new artistic entity has arrived, promising more in the way of things to do in central Kentucky. Under the fluid direction of Dr. Lisa McArthur, Kentucky Classic Orchestra held its inaugural concert before an appreciative crowd of around 100 people Sunday at Centre Square in Lebanon.

  • One of this interim period’s hot button issues is finding a way to stabilize the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) and the Kentucky Employee Retirement System (KRS). KTRS was debated in the waning days of the last General Assembly, and the momentum continues. As a member of the Public Pension Oversight Board, I have had a seat at the table on these issues, continuing to deliberate with the various stakeholders and legislators who want to find a solution.

  • Last week, the United States celebrated the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote, a milestone made possible by the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kentucky was the 23rd state to ratify that amendment, but it did not clear its final legislative hurdle until Tennessee became the 36th in Aug. 1920. Interestingly, that decision was a close one, occurring only when a young legislator voted in favor at the request of his mother.

  • By Wendell Lawrence
    It is hard to believe Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville Region by the end of 2017, is celebrating its first anniversary in September.  
    In the last year, nearly 1,500 veterans and spouses have been connected with employment opportunities throughout the region and over 130 participating employers have signed up to support this initiative.

  • By G.B. Dixon

  • By Kaelin Reed

    It is the beginning of the school year, and we have begun to settle into our familiar fall patterns. The days are starting to get a little shorter, the morning air is beginning to feel a bit more brisk, the school buses are back on the roads carrying our children to and from school, and the Marion County Board of Education, of which I am now a member, will be convening soon to set the property tax rate for the upcoming year.

  • The human toll of hate
    Throughout history there have been preachers that have used selective Biblical verses as a weapon to vilify and persecute one minority or another, while ignoring far more consequential verses that applied to majority classes. For example, there are five verses in the Bible that are interpreted by current self righteous preachers to condemn LGBT people … while there are 49 verses that condemn adultery and divorce on pain of death, which are tacitly ignored. 

  • One of the ongoing challenges our country faces is making sure our veterans receive the full benefits they have rightfully earned. Unfortunately, as we discovered during a legislative meeting earlier this month, there are still some who are either unaware of what is available or who have become mired in bureaucracy. The good news is that, thanks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), we are making great strides in closing these twin gaps.

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

  • By Kenny Fogle

  • Love wins
    I have been reading the editorials with dismay these last few weeks. I am surprised of the tone and wording of so many of the letters from “Christians.” I recall reading Carrie Bridgman’s piece and thinking how fair and peaceful she came across. Then in striking contrast I read submissions from several church leaders and found it hard to get through them. 

  • When it comes to policy, unemployment insurance may not generate as many headlines as education and public safety, but for working families dealing with the loss of a job, few programs are more important. President Roosevelt signed this safety net into law 80 years ago last week as part of the Social Security Act. Since then, it has weathered numerous ups-and-downs in the economy, but beyond the Great Depression itself, none tested the system quite like the crisis that hit the country in 2008.

  • By Amy Morgeson
    Guest columnist

    The library parking lot will be getting a much-needed facelift with resurfacing scheduled for Friday Aug. 21 and Saturday Aug. 22. While the library building will be open for patron use on these days, parking will be limited to the Harrison Street (front side) of the building and/or use of extended parking at the Hourigan Building. Patrons will be able to gain access at the front of the building through the doors that face Harrison.

  • By Connie Goff

    Adult education centers offer a lifeline to adults who want to expand opportunities available to them. In every county across Kentucky, adult education centers offer a number of free services such as academic instruction, GED preparation, skills training and more. By reaching adults who are underemployed, unemployed or not currently in the labor market, the centers also are key partners in developing a strong workforce.

  • By Rev. Carrie Mook Bridgman

    I spent last week at Logan Martin Lake in Alabama, with an unusually large collection of family and friends: my husband and son, my father-in-law, my dad and his wife, a friend of my husband’s whom we rarely see, and three (count them, three) friends of my son’s, who is about to start his senior year in high school. Not everyone was there the whole week, but the cabin was a bit full. Luckily, the weather was good, and we spent most of our time outside when not sleeping or reading on the porch.

  • By G.B. Dixon

  • By Jerry Evans
    Guest columnist