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Guest Columns

  • Kentuckians enjoy salary growth, increased jobs

    Kentucky incomes are on the rise, as is the number of many Kentucky jobs, according to a report on Fiscal Year 2017’s fourth-quarter state revenues from the Office of State Budget Director.

  • The Kentucky State Fair: The best of agriculture on display

    By Ryan Quarles, Kentucky
    Commissioner of Agriculture
    FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Fair is one of the highlights of the agricultural year in Kentucky. As a farm kid from Scott County, I have many fond memories of past state fairs. It’s a chance to rub elbows with our neighbors, reunite with friends from across the Commonwealth, and show off the best that Kentucky agriculture has to offer. The 113th edition of this great tradition is Aug. 17-27, and, as always, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is pleased to be a part of it.

  • Working in a farm successor as part of a retirement plan

    By Wyatt Fraas
    Center for Rural Affairs
    Are you one of the many farmers without an identified farm successor? Purdue University says that’s around 75 percent, and about half expect nonfamily members to take over. A gradual shift of responsibilities and ownership, plus an extended mentoring period, can help ensure the continued success of the farm business.

  • Pre-school program employees praised for contributions made to success of 5 Star Rating

    Dear Readers,
    We are excited this year to recognize the hard work of our pre-school employees. During the 2016-2017 school year our pre-school program underwent a Program Review based upon the Kentucky All Stars 5 Star Rating system. The Kentucky All Stars rating system is a quality rating and improvement system for early childhood and education programs. Based on the Kentucky Early Childhood standards and research-based indicators of quality. How a program earns its rating is listed below:
    n The Level 1 star is obtained by meeting all regulatory requirements

  • Make the heebie jeebies go away

    Today I have the heebie jeebies.
    I’ve been listening to a podcast (that’s like a radio program that you download from the Internet) about fear: Why are people afraid? How can they get rid of fear?
    The podcast began with a story about woman with Urbach-Wiethe disease, a rare condition that has three symptoms: a scratchy voice, raised dots around the eyes and absolutely no sense of fear.
    The part of her brain that registers fear is calcified. She can be happy, sad, angry, feel love and feel hate, but she can’t feel fear.

  • Growth slow in Kentucky’s Road Fund

    Kentucky’s Road Fund isn’t growing as fast as some would like. But it’s doing much better than it was two years ago.

  • Food insecurity a national problem

    It is said that Kentucky is a poor state and, for many areas of the state, that is true. But poverty is not something peculiar to Kentucky. Neither is hunger.

  • It is well with our souls

    The news was horrific and sordid: Church staff member arrested for a sexually salacious crime.
    Sadly commonplace, it happens all over the U.S. -- you just never expect it to happen to your church.
    But last week, it happened to mine when our former worship director was arrested and charged with multiple sex-related crimes against minors.
    A local sheriff’s detective called him a “textbook predator.”
    We as a church loved him -- still love him. And we as a church abhor what he has done.

  • Conventions offer economic boost to Louisville facilities

    What do the National Rifle Association, National Farm Machinery Show and Kentucky State Fair have in common? They were top draws for visitors to the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in Louisville in 2016.

  • Ark encounters resistance

    By Richard Nelson
    The Ark Encounter celebrated its first anniversary this month but instead of fanfare and praise, some news media and protestors poured rain on its parade. The Biblical theme park, which consists of a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark based in Northern Kentucky, faced 75 protesters and criticism from a columnist who said the group promotes “fringe beliefs.” But hey, it’s the Ark, right?  Compared to criticism that Noah faced, I’m sure this modern-day rendition will weather the storm.