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Let me assure you that I was sorry to see an apparently innocent victim get caught up in a police action intended to decrease the use of deadly drugs in our commonwealth.
Mainstream media publications are hammering fiscally conservative groups opposed to wasteful spending of tax dollars for accepting temporary financial help in the form of a publicly funded Paycheck Protection Program loan to counter COVID-19 shutdowns.
Connecting the dots for health, education and safety is paramount if schools across the commonwealth are going to reopen.
The Franklin County Humane Society’s Vision for Companion Animal Care is about more than simply building a new animal shelter.
As a direct result of Gov. Andy Beshear’s shutdown orders, nearly half of Kentucky’s workforce has filed for unemployment insurance since March. As we reached the end of June, tens of thousands of Kentuckians who had filed jobless claims still had yet to receive the money they were promised …
As we close out another fiscal year at the Frankfort Plant Board, I’m pleased to share with our community and our customer-owners how we have navigated through this global pandemic and how we plan to continue and expand services in the coming year.
America’s Founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Voting for the Democratic nomination to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is over, but the election is not, because most ballots were mail-in absentees due to the pandemic and were still being counted this week. That means the campaigns aren’t over, either, and that could affect th…
The past three months have proven to be a formidable time for health care delivery. The environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a brighter light on telemedicine technology services.
The Franklin County Trust for Historic Preservation opposes the zone change application at 690 Duncan Road for several reasons.
With a good measure of symbolism thrown in, Gov. Andy Beshear helped remove the Jefferson Davis statue from the rotunda of our Capitol. It had stood there for generations, revered by caucasians and feared by Black folks, as a symbol of white supremacy enforced by domestic terror.
The purpose of this note, and the many that will follow, is to provide you with recent and immediate future activity concerning the Second Street TIGER grant project.
Are there no local leaders or state politicians who have the backbone to stand up to our present 42-year-old, extremely liberal Gov. Andy Beshear? (I'm a fellow Democrat, I might add, although I've been one far longer than Andy has, being almost 30 years older, he being about the age of my d…
Acknowledging the disparate infection and death rates for Black Kentuckians from the COVID-19 pandemic, last week Gov. Andy Beshear committed to ensuring that all Black Kentuckians have health coverage. The pledge has come under scrutiny from a few for its focus on addressing the disproporti…
I was amazed, but not amused, when I saw the results of the following State Journal poll:“How would you describe the state of race relations in Frankfort and Franklin County?”
Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Rayshard Brooks and George Floyd. These are just a few whose deaths have sparked national outrage. They are gone because of unthinkable racial violence and disregard for life representing the antithesis of nursing.
The ultimate goals of both the decades-old Jefferson County Public Schools’ busing plan and Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) were similar: Improve the academic performance of all students, especially that of traditionally disadvantaged kids like racial minorities and those in poverty.
This is the first Father’s Day my siblings and I will experience without our father. My father, Andrew Lee “Biddie” Mason Sr., was 92 years old at his passing on Dec. 7. He always looked 10 to 15 years younger than he was. I attribute that to good genes, working hard his entire life and a re…
Now that Jefferson Davis' “divisive” statue has been removed from the rotunda, surely the agitators and grievance lobbyists are content, and will leave poor Jeff alone.
In many places across the nation people are debating whether Confederate monuments should be removed. Kentucky is included in that debate for the Jefferson Davis statue in the Capitol Rotunda.
I’ve been following with great interest the public discourse concerning the removal of the statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda.
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. The TIGER grant application identified the Second Street corridor as the focus of anticipated improvements.
On the afternoon of May 26, my wife and I were lounging in our La-Z-Boys in front of our wide screen television waiting for the latest doom-and-gloom reports on the pandemic COVID-19 that had gripped our world.
Many supporters have asked why I have chosen not to run for another term on the Frankfort City Commission. Part of the reason lies in the insults and indignities endured by my family. The politics of division no longer have any boundaries.
When Commissioner John Sower made the motion to name the new playground at Dolly Graham Park after Charlie Tippett (“New playground at Dolly Graham Park to be named after Charlie Tippett,” May 19), it was a slap in the face to the memory of Dolly Graham, her family and the black community.
Like many of you, I watched the videos that captured the murder of George Floyd and I asked myself repeatedly why this officer did this.
As Kentucky and our nation cope with crisis, it is more important than ever to know that our elected representatives have our back and we have their ear.
As most Franklin Country citizens are aware, a developer has proposed a zone change at 690 Duncan Road to allow industrial development on property adjacent to two existing industrial parks. This piece is not to disrespect the opinions of others who oppose the development or discount their fe…
Our world, nation and commonwealth are experiencing an unprecedented pandemic disaster. The citizens of our city and county have not been exempted from this horror. We have seen lives lost, many are still ill, businesses are closed, industries are failing, and jobs have been terminated. Many…
The upcoming vote of the Franklin County Fiscal Court to decide whether 85 acres on Duncan Road should be changed from agricultural to industrial is a test of community values.
Our community is at a watershed moment. Do we allow a historic farm to be leveled and covered with industrial warehousing in the name of economic development? Or do we stake our future on the natural beauty, prime farmland and tourism potential of places like the Blanton Crutcher Farm?
One of the things that defines Frankfort is our distilled spirit. This spirit is one that endures, one that remains determined and moves boldly forward.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the importance of health care providers, networks and collaborations in our local communities. In particular, the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Rural Health Clinics (RHC) are providing essential services to help keep our local populations h…
As part of Team Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve.
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 …