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If there’s one thing Democrats in both the federal government and here in Kentucky are good at it’s missing opportunity.

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When I think about cancer in Kentucky, I am proud of the tremendous strides we have made to loosen the grip of this terrible disease on our people. But I also know that we have a long way to go.

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I would imagine that Apple TV+ has seen a subscriber boost out of Eastern Kentucky in the past week. With the May 6 premiere of the documentary “The Big Conn,” one of our community’s most shameful stories is being told for the world to take in.

As overdoses and substance abuse continue to be a growing problem in Perry County and across the nation, several community organizations and businesses are partnering together to fight against addiction and promote recovery. Just in the past week, two recovery related events were held in Haz…

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Once upon a time, long ago, but also not very long ago, in a land far away, but also not very far away, there lived a man named John Dolittle.

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On April 25, The U.S. Supreme Court began the process of deliberating by hearing arguments on a case which will have ramifications far beyond just the involved parties.

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Next week is the return of Hillbilly Days in Pikeville, Which is ironic for me as every day is hillbilly days, but I’m starting to blend. If recent events are any indicator, we can expect more people than ever to attend this year’s event.

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The Kentucky General Assembly ended its 2022 regular session last week with a mixed bag of legislation becoming law.

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Why are so many Kentuckians content with low paying jobs? This is a question we at KCTCS are asking ourselves after research showed that 75 percent of Kentucky’s undereducated adults have no interest in pursuing education after high school even though 16 percent of Kentuckians live in povert…

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh likes beer. Supreme court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson can’t or won’t define what a woman is.

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Springtime is beginning to blossom. The buds are beginning to sprout life on the trees along the roadsides here in Eastern Kentucky and life is returning.

This past week, the leadership at One East Kentucky submitted their resignations to assume new challenges with a national economic development consulting firm. While their departure will create a short-term void at One East Kentucky, it also provides an opportunity to refocus the future of e…

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Since 2020, we’ve seen a complete shakeup of the global economy. COVID-19 and the lockdowns and other effects sent seismic shockwaves through our economic systems and, in many ways, reframed how we live our lives, including how we spend our money.

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We are now over halfway through the 2022 General Assembly and this week there was no slowing down. March 1 was the last day to file new bills, so we were quick to file the rest of our bills for this session. More than 700 bills have been filed this year, but only a fraction will pass into la…

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Once again the issue of publishing legal advertising in local newspapers reared its ugly head in Frankfort. A bill co-sponsored by Rep. Chris Fugate, called for legal ads to be published on certain web sites and not published in community newspapers.

“On Wednesday October 11, 2000, the coal slurry impoundment owned and operated by MCCC [Martin County Coal Company] had a sudden breach and millions [approximately 300 million] of gallons of Waste Materials, including, coal fine refuse slurry, and sediments spilled from a point source into t…

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Recently, the state’s largest newspaper — The Courier-Journal — did a series of stories on a Kentucky law the newspaper concluded was “fueling Kentucky’s huge incarceration rate,” bemoaning the law’s “devastating impact on families across the commonwealth.”

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For the last 58 years, Kentucky Community Action Head Start agencies have directly and independently operated Head Start. Collectively, we are the experts for Head Start in 96 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. To be clear, the state of Kentucky does not have a single Head Start Director. Just like…

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I hope that this letter finds you well. Like many of you, my family and I recently battled with a case of COVID. I am happy to report that my family and I are healthy and well after dealing with this unfortunate illness. I want you to know that while I was in quarantine, I was able to work r…

If you’re a regular reader of this column, then you know that my political beliefs do not fall neatly into either the right or the left.

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Congratulations, you made it through 2020 and 2021 to 2022. Where we go from here, no one knows, but it’s an election year, so plan accordingly.

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the last two years, you most likely have been exposed in some way to COVID. With yet another variant, the flu and the common cold in full swing, we are all likely to get sick in some way.

Christmas is a really good time to bury a story. With everyone more worried about gathering with their families, getting their shopping lists completed and rushing to and from church and social gatherings, while also adding pandemic concerns this year, it’s a good time watch a news piece wit…

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This week, our world will slow down just a little bit, businesses and government offices will close and people will be given an opportunity to spend time with their families and stop for just a minute and reflect on life and what’s really important.

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A new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been identified that leaves many people wondering if their vaccinations will continue to provide protection. While there is still much unknown about the omicron variant, initial anecdotal reports bear some promising news.

We all screw up occasionally and when we do, we should recognize the mistake and address the issue accordingly. I’m not immune to screwing up. I try not to screw up, but when I do, I do it right.  

The Democratic Party has long painted itself as the one of the two parties which operates on compassion — focused on the needs of the less fortunate, ensuring that programs such as Social Security, SNAP and other assistance efforts retain funding and reach.

By the time you read this, your Thanksgiving festivities should be over and you should be on to important stuff like shopping and football.

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When Daniel Boone and early pioneers blazed a trail into the Kentucky wilderness via the Cumberland Gap, they quickly realized both the immense challenges and opportunities that lay before them on the new frontier. Two and a half centuries later, the rugged terrain of the Appalachian Plateau…

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This Nov. 15-19, Partners for Education at Berea College joins the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recognizing the first statewide Kentucky Family Engagement in Education Week — a time dedicated to building awareness and support for effective family and school partnerships in Kentucky schools.

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Oct. 24 is designated as World Polio Day. Polio is a potentially lethal, highly contagious disease that causes paralysis.  This disease predominately affects young children. Humanity has endured this disease for more than 3 millennia. This deadly disease has robbed hundreds of thousands of y…

In a world full of ways to earn a living, it takes a pretty unique soul to be willing to  choose one of the very few out there where you walk out the door each day knowing you may never make it back home.

During the early days of the 2021 legislative session, the Kentucky House Democratic Women’s Caucus sponsored the Kentucky Maternal and Infant Health project, a slate of over 20 bills and resolutions designed to raise awareness about Kentucky’s maternal health crisis, and to improve health o…