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  • Library teen program suspended until safety solution can be found

    Recently, there has been quite a bit of social media attention surrounding the library–some good and some bad. Normally, I do not engage in these conversations, but I feel like I need to address the current issues because they are important.

  • Governor’s Scholar Program offers students a chance to grow, learn during summer

    Summer vacation may well be underway, but for a select group of middle and high school students, their education continues as they attend one of several long-standing programs that take classroom learning to a new level.

    The foundation for these weeks-long events can arguably be traced back to the early 1980s, when Western Kentucky University served as home to one-day summer workshops for teachers of gifted students.

  • Community service offers offenders a way to repay debt

    “Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop.” I am sure you have heard that phrase before, or at least some version of it. It’s a phrase that I have heard since I was a little kid, and still believe it to be true today. I believe that when people work and are engaged in productive activities they do not have time, nor energy, to get into trouble.

  • Independence Day is a celebration of freedom, unity

    Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July has been observed as a day for patriotism and unity. It is on this day that exemplary visionaries dared to create a new form of government for a new people — a country in which freedom reigned. It is with celebration, reflection, and remembrance that we observe this Independence Day. “We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception but continue to fight for our God-given rights unique to the United States of America..,”

  • July 4 holiday is time to honor veterans for service to nation

    As we celebrate the Fourth of July this week, it’s worth remembering the words spoken by a young Teddy Roosevelt on this holiday in 1886, nearly 15 years before he would become president.

    “It is not what we have that will make us a great nation,” he said. “It is the way in which we use it.”

  • New laws take effect on schools safety, use of tobacco, education

    While the approval of new laws is a wintertime activity, their actual implementation doesn’t generally take place until the much-quieter days of summer. For 2019, that date arrives on Thursday this week.

    This follows a constitutional requirement that says new laws take effect 90 days after the General Assembly completes its regular session. The only exceptions are if the law is an emergency or has a specific enactment date.

  • Sufferage movement won women’s voting rights 100 years ago

    Early this month, our country celebrated a major milestone as we recognized the 100th anniversary of the congressional passage of the 19th Amendment, which ultimately guaranteed women the right to vote.

    That victory was not an easy one. It arrived more than 70 years after the Seneca Falls Convention, which launched the women’s suffrage movement in our country, and more than 40 years after the amendment was first introduced in Congress.

  • The problem with e-cigarettes

    Adolescent and teen use of e-cigarettes or vaping products has doubled or nearly doubled in Kentucky in the last two years, according to the 2018 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention Survey. About one in four 10th and 12th graders and one in seven eighth graders in the Commonwealth vaped in 2018. This Kentucky data depicts an even more troubling surge than we are seeing at the national level.

  • Attractions for all with state’s tourism

    There is a proverb that says it is “better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” That’s especially true when it comes to Kentucky tourism.

  • State education reform close to reaching many goals set for year 2020

    Twenty-two years ago this month, the General Assembly adopted one of the most far-reaching laws in the Kentucky’s history when it revamped our public postsecondary system. As part of that work, it set a series of ambitious goals to reach by the year 2020.