New tax keeps hurting the poor

When people sat down last weekend at the St. Jerome Picnic in Fancy Farm to play Bingo, for the first time ever, 3 cents on every 50- cent Bingo card they bought went to the state of Kentucky. That’s money that will be diverted from shelters for the homeless and battered women, from people who need help paying their electric […]

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Love for child isn’t so simple

You walked off that plane with the biggest smile on your face. Your hug was stronger and taller than last time, proof of a growth spurt in the past six months that just stretched on forever, I swear. Before the airline official would allow you to leave with me, I had to show ID to prove my relationship to you […]

Female candidates must move beyond #MeToo

Much of the excitement over so many women running for House seats and even (gosh!) running against each other should be filed under “anticlimax.” After Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton and with the female powerhouses now serving in the U.S. Congress, a woman vying for elective office should not be that big a deal. There was a time […]

No, today’s kids are not all right

Childhood anxiety is giving us anxiety. Nearly a third of American adolescents meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even among younger kids, anxiety is on the rise. But as my Let Grow co-founder, Boston College psychology professor Peter Gray, notes, crime rates are at a 50-year low, so it’s not […]

What is Governor Bevin doing with state’s education boards?

Gov. Matt Bevin is doubling down on the use of executive power to expand his authority over the future of Kentucky’s public schools. Bevin quietly altered or abolished several education boards this month through executive order, reasoning that the changes will streamline bureaucracy and enhance student learning. But his main political foe is calling the shakeup illegal. “The Bevin administration […]

The view from Fifth Avenue

Donald Trump once famously said that he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and not “lose any voters.” He hasn’t shot anyone, though he’s seriously wounded a number of economic interests. The most serious casualties, however, are far from Fifth Avenue. America’s urban gentry, who overwhelmingly did not vote for Trump, are doing just fine. […]

Black-lung disease rate hits 25-year high in eastern Kentucky

More than 20 percent of longtime underground coal miners in Central Appalachia, which includes eastern Kentucky, have black lung, the highest level recorded in a quarter of a century, according to a study published last week. The study by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is the latest to document a troubling increase in black lung, […]

Kentucky just put doctor shopping into law to help coal firms avoid black lung fees

On July 14, the coal industry’s doctor-shopping was enshrined in Kentucky law as a spate of new laws took effect. One of them, House Bill 2, makes it harder for Kentuckians hurt on the job to qualify for workers compensation to pay for treatment of occupational injuries and diseases, especially if they are coal miners suffering from black lung. Enacted […]

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