Access to reliable, high-speed internet service is now a critical part of everyday life, not only for our families and businesses here in Franklin County but for all Kentuckians across our great commonwealth. We work, learn, conduct business, worship and even receive health care services online.
In response to our study of the benefits a local 20 megawatt (MW) solar project could offer the Frankfort community, the FPB commissioned a report from the consultant Burns & McDonnell (B&M). We appreciate the concerns expressed by the FPB directors. While we are preparing a detailed…
The headline screamed from the top of the front page in the April 23-25 weekend edition, “Farmer attorney confident in case.” It is clear from reading the article that Farmer and his attorneys misunderstand what public defenders do, their duties or their ethics.
I am writing to shed light on the misguided claims made against me by Joe Graviss and Grayson Vandegrift (“Guest columnists: GOP legislators shutting public out and public schools down,” April 23-25).
When it comes to Appalachian coal, it might be appropriate to borrow from that often-misquoted phrase from Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
As the COVID crisis has been a disaster in many different ways, and now that it seems finally to winding down, it is a good time to think about what Kentucky did right and what it did wrong so that we can avoid similar mistakes in the future.
A little more than a year ago, none of us could have imagined anything like COVID-19. We went from gathering with family and friends anytime in our homes or at restaurants and working in traditional environments surrounded by co-workers to a complete shutdown overnight.
The investigative report prepared by Calcaterra Pollack under a $1.2 million contract with the Kentucky Public Pension Authority (KPPA) will remain a well-guarded secret for now.
With Kentucky’s 2021 General Assembly now behind us, and with issues of police violence against Black Americans remaining in the national spotlight, it’s a good time to recognize the progress in this legislative session’s criminal justice reforms while being honest about the many changes tha…
The use of the legal mechanism of a depressed and suppressed minimum wage is no more than "economic waterboarding." Continued use of a mandated minimum wage, not raised for the last 12 years, is part of the rationalization used to maintain obscenely low income, wealth inequality and a financ…
When the pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, it brought with it a sudden loss of stability and control, isolation and helplessness. The world as we knew it was no longer the one we lived in. Over the past year, we have had to figure what it means to live our lives now. People b…
We want you to imagine being one of the thousands of unsung heroes working in state government in Kentucky. Imagine if you were to see or experience something illegal within the Kentucky legislature and believe it needs to be addressed.
While some of Kentucky’s largest electric utilities are attempting to restrict access to rooftop solar, Frankfort has an opportunity to develop an innovative solar project that could cut electricity costs in half for city and county governments and local public schools, saving these agencies…
Among bills the Kentucky legislature passed over gubernatorial vetoes this past session was one that changes the way U.S. Senate vacancies are filled. It took away the governor’s power to unilaterally name a replacement, and requires that the successor be one of three people nominated by the…
Over the past days, weeks, months and, yes, years, we have seen a gradual erosion of the very foundation of the rights of American citizens.
Since COVID-19 arrived, measures to expand educational freedom and opportunity have been introduced in more than half the states in America — many of which already had some form of choice, including neighboring Indiana, where lawmakers expanded eligibility for an existing school voucher prog…
CNN reporter Devan Cole created a stir last week when he said, “It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.” If there's any confusion in determining male or female at birth, aside from any genetic defect, one's…
For many years, criminal justice advocates have been pleading with the General Assembly to take stock of outdated laws and make sure they meet the needs of Kentuckians today.
Before this year’s General Assembly, Frankfort GOP insiders joked that Secretary of State Michael Adams might end up signing more bills into law than Gov. Andy Beshear.
I read with great interest Sarah Lyall’s “We Have All Hit a Wall” in the New York Times because I learned a new word. The new word is “anhedonia” and it means the inability to feel pleasure.
As a neurosurgeon at a busy urban Level 1 trauma center in Kentucky, I am on the frontline treating the victims of gun violence far too often. I witness firsthand the devastation, both emotional and physical, that these senseless injuries cause.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed many people’s lives in ways that most of us cannot completely and truly comprehend or feel for.
As we have just passed the first anniversary of this coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it is a good time to make some reflections.
The late Maya Angelou wrote, “HATE. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet.” Yet in 2021 parents are still teaching their children to be hateful.
Much of eastern Kentucky is still coming up for air after widespread flooding submerged much of the region under several feet of water in early March.
February’s bitterly cold temperatures, pushing deep into the southern U.S. and persisting for days, severely tested Texas’ electric infrastructure, exposing weaknesses and providing valuable lessons about reliability.
This year’s iteration of the Kentucky General Assembly was an unprecedented assault on transparency and the constitutional guarantees of free speech and freedom of the press.
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of columns written by 1st District Magistrate Sherry Sebastian on conversation starters for progress in Franklin County.
An estimated 88 million Americans have prediabetes, and just over 1 in 10 have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In Kentucky, nearly 12% of the adult population is affected by this disease.
As a group of trade organizations that collectively represent the largest natural gas producing region in the country comprising an operational footprint of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, our member companies employ hundreds of thousands directly and indirectly and…
There comes a point in every legislative session when amendments are flying on and off bills, and the numbers are changing every time we blink. The budget is now getting passed essentially overnight, and my to-do lists each day are not formed until minutes before items are due.
Patriotism is often defined as a strong love for one’s country. However, this love of country can often be expressed in different ways by different people. Some people show their patriotism through displaying the flag. Some express it through American traditions such as the national anthem. …
Many Kentuckians have followed the recent debate in the Kentucky Senate regarding Senate Bill 211, a bill allegedly intended to protect law enforcement from verbal bullying.
I am responding to The State Journal editorial “Don't let a little river water sink Blanton's Landing project,” (March 9). Really? This is the public’s money that officials are wanting to risk.
When economies falter and hardship rises, governments must respond with vigorous action. It's a lesson our country learned in the 1930s with the New Deal but had seemingly forgotten during the painful decade that followed the Great Recession.
As the U.S. marks one year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky and the other 49 states have experienced relentless arguments about the best way to deal with the virus: “Implement no restrictions and let people decide for themselves” versus “Implement restrictions to help people protect themse…
It appears that common-sense conservatism will prevail over crony capitalists and their seeming obsession with raising the commonwealth’s gas tax despite the lingering economic uncertainty created by the fallout from COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear, thousands of Kentuckians are counting on you. It’s hard when you don’t have all the answers. I get it. We all face challenges in life that you just cannot figure out. It’s painful and frustrating, and you let your pride get in the way of asking for help. In the case of Ken…
Kentucky’s General Assembly recently passed a resolution to condemn the anti-Semitic and hatred. This resolution had full support of members. It is good to know that our members are working for everyday issues of our commonwealth beyond COVID-19.