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Columns

  • Farm to table, you say?

     By Joberta Wells 

  • Abuse cover-up seals the deal for district takeover

    If it wasn’t obvious before, then recent reports of very young children being abused in the Jefferson County Public Schools’ Head Start program absolutely must seal the deal for a state takeover of this broken, failing and unsafe school district.

    At least it’s unsafe for the young preschool girl whom the Courier-Journal recounted was “swatted” on the head by an instructional assistant at the Dawson Orman Education Center and, as it was reported to the district, “inadvertently” struck her head on some furniture and bruised a lip.

  • When thunder roars, go indoors

    DeAnn Cross

    Lake Cumberland District Health Department

    Lightning kills over 50 people in the U.S. each year. But deaths are only part of the lightning story. Only about 10 percent of those struck are killed; 90 percent survive. However, many of the survivors suffer devastating life-long injuries. These injuries are primarily neurological, with a wide range of symptoms, and are very difficult to diagnose. Lightning also causes over $5 billion of economic loss each year in the U.S. from fires and other property destruction.

  • ‘Exuberance!’ soars above Kentucky Children’s Hospital

    University of Kentucky

    When you enter the new lobby of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH), located within UK HealthCare’s Chandler Hospital, the first thing you notice is a group of massive, colorful kites that seem to soar below the lobby’s skylight.

    The kites are sculptures by artists Erika Strecker and John Medwedeff, commissioned by UK HealthCare to not only be a public art piece, but to help “provide a healing environment enhanced by artistic expressions.”

  • Knowns and unknowns of education spending

    By Jim Waters 

    Promises to “properly fund education” remain political staples on campaign trails.

    My pro-bono advice for office seekers wanting to distinguish themselves from campaign-by-rote competitors who limit their education-policy message to “more money” would be to ask the following question rarely seen in those glossy environmentally-challenged campaign mailers that cost tons but offer little substance: What’s happening with Kentucky’s current education dollars?

  • Forging a strong Farm Bill

    By James Comer 

  • Join our fight against modern-day slavery

    By Andy Beshear 

    Victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless.

    Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world and sadly, our Kentucky communities are not immune.

  • Democracy in action in Casey County

    As I wandered onto the grass outside the Casey County Courthouse last Tuesday night, a woman was storming toward her car parked across Campbellsville Street.

    She was clearly upset, talking to herself about the election results that had just been released. She turned around and saw me and Zach Johnson watching her and she slowed down a bit.

    She said that the election was crooked, “all the way down,” and that the county had fixed it so that her candidate (I’m guessing her family) didn’t win.

  • Farewell to our friend, Woody

    By Joberta Wells 

    Thirty-eight years ago a young man in a big brown UPS truck started delivering packages to Casey County. His name was William Hazelwood but everybody soon came to know him as Woody. 


  • Rebuilding Kentucky’s infrastructure

    By Hilda Gay Legg

    State Director, USDA Rural Development

    Some people remember when many rural households didn’t have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there’s still lots of room for improvement.