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I came to the Frankfort City Commission from the South Frankfort Neighborhood Association. In my tenure as president, I quickly realized the importance of all our neighborhoods to the overall health of our community.
Editor's note: The following letter was submitted to The State Journal by the South Frankfort Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. A copy of the letter was also sent to the Beshear family.
There has been lots of emotion regarding “Healthy At Home” and “Healthy At Work.” Protesters are arguing it is their right to do the various activities they did before the pandemic. Skip social distancing, skip wearing masks, go shopping in a crowded store, go swimming, go to church, and more.
Educating children, protecting families, supporting healthy communities and other investments in Kentucky are essential to reducing harm during the COVID-19 crisis and creating a pathway to eventual recovery.
Regarding the article “Fiscal court's inaction on Kentucky Capital Development Corp. budget could lead to agency's temporary shutdown” (May 15), Terri Bradshaw stated that KCDC staff would have to seek unemployment insurance (UI) benefits because the temporary shutdown would lead to KCDC sta…
Gov. Andy Beshear continues to tell us to stay “Safe at Home,” and he’s right. For many of us, that means a lot more time on the internet to work remotely, keep our kids up to date on school assignments, access telemedicine, tune into public meetings, shop for essentials and stream something…
Over the past 32 years Frankfort Rotary’s Youth Fund has awarded nearly $300,000 to area graduates to help them continue their training and education. Rotarians realize that in order for local youth to live up to their economic potential as well as to ensure a healthy economy, most students …
An economic crisis such as the one dragging behind this quarantine like a heavy, unbreakable chain squeezes an entire state, revealing or magnifying the true condition of its economy along with the competency — or lack thereof — of its political leadership.
Local governments across Eastern Kentucky have been facing budget shortfalls since 2012 as coal severance taxes have fallen. But now, they are preparing for more big budget impacts as occupational tax revenues continue to fall because of the COVID-19 crisis.
With COVID-19 dominating the headlines, it’s easy to forget — understandably — about many of the other actions we should be taking to keep ourselves healthy. You’ve heard a lot of guidelines about the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, washing your hands regularly, and much more…
I disagree with the portrayal of the issues found in The State Journal column “Steve Stewart: Can a change agent navigate city’s political minefields?”, Feb. 8-9. This column perpetuates a myopic view of the community as being divided into two mutually exclusive camps.
Keith Parker and Susan Laurenson are wise voices of fiscal caution as city and county governments wind down budget discussions for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
I am grateful for the article “Making strides: Locals dedicate workouts to Georgia victim of racial injustice” (May 8), and I am thankful for the words of empathy expressed by the mothers you interviewed for this article. (I know two of these women, and I know that both of them have big hear…
Although our battle with the coronavirus pandemic is not over just yet, much of the state’s attention has shifted toward how best to reopen our businesses and economy.
Gov. Andy Beshear missed a golden opportunity to demonstrate that he’s personally walking the COVID-19 walk as well as talking the talk concerning the need for Kentuckians to hunker down at home and the commonwealth to shut down its economy with the exception of what he deems “essential” services.
May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Awareness Month. What was that, you said? You have never heard of MCS? Well, you are in the majority. Most people haven’t.
Mother's Day is a special day of celebration to honor our mothers and motherhood in general. Too often, while growing up, we take our mothers for granted and don't realize their true value until later on in life.
I live two blocks from the Kentucky State Capitol. When we first moved downtown 10 years ago, my husband and I started calling it our neighborhood landmark. We like seeing folks visiting there and don’t mind the frequent events centered around it, including the occasional protest.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic striking the world, Frankfort is no exception. The closings of retail stores, schools and restaurants, Frankfort is no exception. This has increased the amount of vacant commercial space in our local market — Frankfort IS an exception.
From the moment local and state health officials recommended wearing a face mask in public to help contain the spread of COVID-19, Kentuckians have been bickering back and forth about whether they will comply. (Just do it, people. Until a vaccine or better treatment is available, be consider…
Schopenhauer tells us life is like a pendulum that swings from pain to boredom, and after 40 days of quarantine, I’m finding it easier to grasp his unique pessimism.
I agree with much of Ray Peden’s column (“Is COVID-19 Republican or Democrat?” April 26) but offer a slight rebuttal to some of his conclusions.
In a strange move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently announced he favors “allowing states to use the bankruptcy route,” so he’s pushing an idea that would require states to raise taxes and sell off assets such as the Kentucky State Parks.
On April 24, we participated in a forum of pastors across Kentucky to discuss the church's response to the pandemic and how to honor Gov. Andy Beshear, even when we may disagree on policy directives.
Editor's note: In honor of the 2020 National Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8, Kentucky Teacher of the Year Erin Ball wrote an open letter to all of the commonwealth's educators to thank them for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I read The State Journal article (“Local job loss less severe?” April 22) with intrigue and curiosity. While Chmura is a well-respected analytics firm, and one of the best in the business, its model is predicated on assumptions.
We recognize during these uncertain times that you may have concerns about receiving medical care for yourself of your loved ones. As always the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and communities remains our top priority.
Never in our history has the home been more important as the family becomes the main source of learning, comfort, and stability during this coronavirus outbreak.
With COVID-19 threatening the local economy there seems to be no telling when our lives will return to normal, or what that new normal will be.
It’s heartening to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., take a stand against using COVID-19 relief dollars to bail out public pension systems in states — including the commonwealth he represents — which have failed to enact long-needed reforms.
May has nearly arrived in Kentucky, and rather than planning a Kentucky Derby celebration, a road trip to Pikeville for the Mountain Laurel Festival, to Cumberland Falls to take in the moonbow, or to Louisville to jam at Louisville’s Kentucky Reggae Festival, we’re practicing social distanci…
On April 17, the Kentucky Court of Appeals issued a strongly worded opinion to the Kentucky State Police in which it rejected the agency’s claim that production of uniform arrest and traffic citations — requested by a Courier Journal reporter in 2017 — was unreasonably burdensome.
"In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!" — Tweet from President Trump, April 20
It’s such a strange concept, this newfangled notion, long missing from our public discourse, of addressing the tricky problem of governing without insisting that it be driven by politics and gamesmanship.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, journalists have documented the alarming statistics of disparate mortality among blacks.
Homelessness and jail time were not in this perfectionist’s plans, but they are part of my story. Actually, incarceration and homelessness are part of many other individual’s stories as well.
During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face masks.
To be frank, the term “essential worker” sounded a lot better a month ago before I also gained the responsibility of being the sole family representative chosen to leave our lair for food, work, food, groceries, food, necessities and food.
My assessment of "Afternoons with (Gov.) Andy (Beshear)": too long (people today have short attention spans and get bored easily, thus he's losing many listeners); often repetitious and boring; hokey or corny at times; frequently sentimental; more of a show-and-tell, Mister Rogers-like show …
Kentucky has taken necessary and appropriate actions to protect health and save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we also address the economic fallout from the crisis, we must do more to prevent harm to Kentucky’s public investments from cratering tax receipts and rising public costs.