In the midst of COVID-19 chaos, it can be difficult to maintain a positive outlook. Reading about our city's and county’s decision to close certain public parks makes me empathize with the many Frankfort families who are currently trying to corral kids or get some reprieve from a certain spouse.
As a virologist with experience in Hong Kong dealing with SARS epidemic, and now teaching virology at Kentucky State University, I would like to share a few comments regarding this COVID-19 pandemic.
Even with 13 years of stay-at-home mom experience under my belt, nothing could prepare me for working remotely with three kids and my husband at home. Let’s just say I have learned a lot about teenagers in the past few days. What I have found is that they are nothing like their toddler count…
I am just one of dozens of local businesspeople who I know all feel as I do, that the outpouring of support during this time of national crisis is endearing, heartwarming, uplifting — well, the list of adjectives goes on and on.
Rural communities of Kentucky and other states are not immune to COVID-19, or the coronavirus. The first known case of coronavirus in Kentucky was in Cynthiana, a town with a population of only 6,400 persons, and cases of coronavirus have been identified in several other rural communities. T…
My Vanderbilt-educated brother-in-law, who works on the front lines as a rural nurse practitioner, says we should have seen coming the American health care system’s complete lack of preparedness for what has hit us.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already sparked an economic slowdown resulting from widespread shutdowns in the global economy and recent closures of dine-in restaurants, entertainment businesses, gyms and child care centers.
Setting the benchmark of your first 100 days is a good measure for most leaders. It is in those first few months that you get to set the vision, organize your team and set out to achieve your goals.
This week has been designated Sunshine Week 2020 and, by no coincidence, the Kentucky Open Government Coalition celebrates its one-year anniversary this week.
The State Journal staff has been working hard in recent days to ensure that we remain — both in print and online — a trusted source of information in scary and uncertain times.
Can I just say how utterly sick I am of the political games regarding public education that have been and are currently being played in Frankfort?
After the call of the whistle, I stepped up on the block. I took my mark and dove in at the sound of the horn. I held my streamline, kicked a few dolphin kicks, then broke the surface.
In 1999, there was a major problem of infanticide and newborn abandonment growing all over the country. Mothers who could not take care of their newborns out of panic and fear were abandoning their babies, and, if not found in time, these little ones lost their lives, and these mothers were …
Frankfort is in the midst of private and public investment that is unprecedented for at least a generation or more — the federal grant to upgrade the Second Street corridor; the newly constructed Mayo-Underwood Building; Simon Warehouse Building and Marcus Building renovations; the opportuni…
Envision Franklin County respectfully disagrees with the planning commission's recent 5-2 decision to approve the zone change for the historic Blanton-Crutcher Farm at 690 Duncan Road.
Legislation passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives intended to provide long-term relief from steep increases in pension payments faced by quasi-government agencies like regional universities, health departments and rape crisis centers represents small steps in the right direction.
When I was elected attorney general, I committed to putting every resource I have behind our core mission to protect Kentuckians and defend the commonwealth. In my estimation, there is no greater purpose or requirement of government than the protection of its citizens.
Addiction is a tragic and heavy-handed disease, affecting individuals of all ages, races, occupations and income levels. And as anyone who has been impacted by addiction can tell you, the decision to seek recovery is never an easy one.
As we welcome March at the Capitol, we anticipate that some of the legislature’s biggest challenges — such as the state’s biennial budget and priority legislation — will come to the forefront.
In case you missed it, a letter to the editor published earlier this week (“Letter: 'Skinny jeans,' pajama pants display a cheap message,” Feb. 25) has gotten a lot of attention online — not for its compelling insight or convincing prose but for its cheap shot at women, in particular our attire.
Recently Kentucky legislators introduced House Bill 1, the latest attempt to make accessing vital public programs even more difficult for the Kentuckians who need them most.
I commend the members of the city commission for the money they have pledged and the support they have voiced for a new YMCA in downtown Frankfort.
Although I can count the times of our lengthy discussions on the fingers of both hands, C. Michael Davenport and I were fifth cousins through his mom, Margaret "Maudie" Hockensmith.
Each time it passes new legislation, Kentucky’s General Assembly has an opportunity to address barriers faced by Kentuckians of color and promote policies that allow all of us to thrive, or it can take steps that exacerbate disparities.
Both projects at the heart of this legislative edition of Liberty Boosters and Busters offer reminders of the costly, if unintended, consequences of government involvement in undertakings better left to the private sector.
As we approach the midpoint of the Kentucky General Assembly's 2020 Regular Session, legislators continue engaging with stakeholders, organizations and constituents who are making their way to Frankfort.
As we see the cost of groceries, insurance and other household expenses continue to go up each year, many families struggle to offset these additional costs.
Most stores go above and beyond to roll out the red carpet for their customers. Apparently that isn’t so at Walmart — which is guarded as if Fort Knox gold is inside, not rollback prices on supersized Arm & Hammer OxiClean fresh scent liquid laundry detergent and 48-count packages of Ene…
No one asks to be a crime victim. For many, the experience is the worst situation they will ever face. And for some, it is also their last.
In 2017, the City of Frankfort applied for and, in 2018, was awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation grant from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
Throughout more than six decades of working with people — first as a pastor and now as a counselor — I have never grown tired of hearing people’s stories and walking with them as they map out the course of their lives.
In my last article I discussed some of the attributes I would love to see in a new "dream" YMCA, but I neglected one very important population in our community, our senior members.
A change agent who can walk a tightrope over hot coals of competing interests has a big opportunity in this year’s city elections.
At the start of a new decade, Frankfort is poised to make transformational changes. People can sense the possibilities, and suggestions from the public are flooding city government.
Manufacturers and retailers who sell Juul and other brands of e-cigarettes, or “vapes,” wonder why health advocates won’t just leave them alone. We have at least three reasons: Kids, kids and kids.
It was a somewhat cool January, but things are beginning to heat up in Frankfort. The Kentucky General Assembly resumed its duties as members wrapped up week four of the 2020 Regular Session, bringing the first month of the new year to a close.
Hoping to score an interview with a city bus driver for a story I was working on, I forfeited the warmth, privacy and comfort of my vehicle to wait in a Frankfort Transit shelter outside Chick-Fil-A on Thursday afternoon. But it wasn’t until two or three stops into the ride that I realized h…
Regarding (“Frankfort Plant Board votes to resubmit Tanglewood reservoir plans,” Jan. 22), there are a number of troubling issues about the proposed reservoir replacement that concern me.
It has been ten years since the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released the original Leaky Bucket report that found three major leaks in the state’s spending — corrections, Medicaid and public employee benefits — all of which were consuming tax dollars at a rate that was growing faster than th…
The character of a community is defined as much by its built environment as the people who inhabit it. Though the strip development approaching Frankfort ties it to almost anywhere in the U.S., its downtown and residential districts as well as its rural beauty beyond the suburbs give it a ve…