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Guest Columns

  • Top 10 facts about education in Ky.

    Since we became a state in 1792, Kentucky has been committed to education. It is that commitment that led to key education decisions in the Civil Rights movement, the passage of the landmark 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) and the 19-year-old Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act.

  • Perspective is one lesson we should teach through sports

    The Kentucky Standard
    Within the sports world, we often see many layers of day-to-day society played out within the lines. Sports is often great at highlighting the best values we have to offer, such as sportsmanship, camaraderie, teamwork and the joy of competition. But there’s always another side to the coin. Those intense emotions of the games can bring out the worst in us, as well.

  • Faith and politics

    By Michael Jinkins
    President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    Back in November, I pulled down from the shelf some favorite books by William Stringfellow and started going through them again. I found I had underlined virtually all of the sentences in one of these books. The book, The Politics of Spirituality, was published by Westminster Press in 1984. And I can open it to almost any page and see my underlining and marginalia.

  • State making investments in agriculture

    With the Kentucky General Assembly set to reconvene in regular session on Tuesday, February 7th, work continues in Frankfort on an important committee that meets monthly to consider investments in the health and agricultural wealth of the Commonwealth.  

  • Hornback: 2017 Legislature ‘hits the ground running’

    It was an exciting first week back in Frankfort. On Tuesday, January 3, we officially began the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly and we hit the ground running. Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover was officially sworn in and became Speaker Hoover and we welcomed the new House majority. Two new members were also sworn into the Senate.

  • Proposal would change formula for local road funding

    It was just a few weeks ago that we learned the 2017 legislative agenda for our cities in Kentucky from the Kentucky League of Cities. At the top of the list? A proposed change in how local road aid is distributed between rural and urban areas.

  • Trimble statistics from the Kids Count County Data Book

    Dear Readers,
    I would like to share information with you from the 2016 Kentucky Kids Count County Data Book. This is a project of Kentucky youth Advocates and the University of Louisville Kentucky State Data Center. Each county has been scored and given a child well-being ranking for comparison with other counties. These scores were assigned based upon how they scored on 16 key indicators, 4 each under 4 domains listed below:
    l Economic Security
    l Education
    l Health
    l Family and Community

  • Rand assessment: ‘So much harm in so little time’

    I fought hard during this first week of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly to protect the interests of Kentucky’s working families against a rising tide of wealthy corporate interests, but in the end, our best efforts were blocked by the new ruling majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

  • General Assembly’s 2017 Regular Session underway

    This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to begin the 2017 Regular Session. Although the House and Senate are as old as Kentucky, this is only the ninth odd-year legislative session since our current state constitution was adopted in the late 1800s.
    We actually were one of the last states to have its legislature meet annually. Now, there are just four that have not made the switch: Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas.

  • Christmas Greetings

    As the days got shorter and colder in this season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I found myself reflecting on how truly blessed we are to live in the United States of America. As we approach the Christmas holiday, I am grateful for the opportunity and freedom we have to celebrate the birth of a Savior and the reminder to spread peace, joy, love and goodwill toward those around us.