• With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day upon us on April 22, we are already 
    reducing our carbon footprint during the pandemic by severely curtailing 
    travel. But we can do so much more by cutting our consumption of animal meat 
    and milk products. Yes, that.
    A recent article in the respected journal Nature argues that animal 
    agriculture is a major driver of climate change, air and water pollution, 
    depletion of soil and water resources, and destruction of wildlife habitats. 

  • By Pat and Alecia Ford

    Pat and I spent the week talking about “what ifs.”

    We reminisced about holding hands, summer ballgames, meetings over coffee, hugs among friends. What if the days of things being that easy are over?

    Then the phone rang, and Pat learned that his sister in Kansas had died in Hospice, 48 years young. The “what if” of that situation had immediately became “what now?”

  • The historic 2020 session of the Kentucky General Assembly came to a conclusion this past Wednesday. It is a session that will not soon be forgotten due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am proud of the General Assembly for remaining persistent and fulfilling our obligations to the people who have entrusted us to be policymakers. I am even more proud and grateful to the incredible staff who allowed it all to happen all while meeting the safety precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

  • By Kris O’Daniel

    We are in a century of unpredictable – except for one. Disasters. Economy and ecology go hand in hand.

  • The United States Postal Service is committed to delivering your mail and packages throughout the current pandemic. We are proud of our role in providing an essential service to every community. The one constant throughout this crisis has been our commitment to fulfilling the vital mission of the Postal Service.  

  • By Patrick and Alecia Ford

    Oh NO. I think I’m starting to care about other people.

    That is so Pat’s department! He is Mr. Smiling Facebook Photos, king of the group selfie, the one who adds #celebratethelittlethings to all of his happy moments.

    I leave it to him to connect with people, so that I can keep my head down, buried in graphs, long-winded articles and (sometimes) dry historical books. When did I look up? Better yet, why?!

  • I hope everyone remains healthy and safe as we all continue to work together, doing our part to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. There is little news to report to you this week for my legislative update. But, as your State Senator, I feel that it is important that I continue to communicate with you and make sure you are aware of important updates, and those things to come regarding the final days of the 2020 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly. 

  • By Pat and Alecia Ford

    An old friend of Pat’s called to talk business. The friend owns a pretty big company and doesn’t want to lose money. He told Pat that COVID-19 wouldn’t be so bad, with an arc “like a wide rainbow.”

    “I think it’s more like we’re dancing between raindrops,” Pat responded.

    For me, on April Fool’s Day, it was more like teardrops. That was the day I moved Pat’s things into the guest bedroom. I cried the whole time.

  • By Chad Kinsella

    During this difficult time, many people are looking for ways to help. Perhaps one of these easiest ways to impact our community right now is to complete the 2020 Census. A few minutes of your time will ensure that our community receives proper funding from the federal government, that we are represented properly at every level of government, and that research on our community is accurate for the next decade.

  • The 2020 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly will be remembered as one of the most unprecedented in Kentucky history. This comes as no surprise as the world, nation, and our Commonwealth are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Though it has been difficult for everyone, I am happy to see Kentuckians pulling together like never before.

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    Members of the Kentucky House and Senate met in Frankfort this week to finalize work on several budget bills, including a one-year budget that guides the state’s spending for the fiscal year beginning on July 1. Traditionally, the legislature will pass a two-year budget. Still, with the uncertainties of the state’s economy, due to COVID-19, we opted for a one-year budget, which will require us to pass another one-year budget during the session next year.

  • Dear citizens,

    You’re in a war not of your choice. It is against not a country or persons, it is against a virus. So all of the American population have become soldiers in an American offense force.

    This includes the young or old and not so old. Those that have died are killed in action (KIA). Those that have been infected are the wounded in action (WIA). Those that are not infected or dead from this virus are on-duty soldiers.

  • Who would have thought that, a month ago, we would be in the situation we’re in?

    Schools closed.

    Sporting events cancelled.

    So many businesses forced to change the way they do things, unsure if they will survive.

    Life as we know it uprooted.

    Who would have thought this all would have happened?

  • By Peter Baniak, Kentucky Press Association past president

    When Kentucky’s first cluster of COVID-19 cases emerged in rural Harrison County, The Cynthiana Democrat newspaper took immediate action to help keep its community informed. The weekly paper, which has two reporters, published a special section with essential information on the novel coronavirus and sent it out to every household in the county.

    “Don’t Panic,” said the banner headline. “But instead be prepared.”

  • By Pat and Alecia Ford

    Pat and I have become philosophers of sorts.

    Before the virus, we talked about what to eat, results of meetings, how different messages played out on social media, our plans for the weekend. Now we mull deeper questions: the importance of routine, the meaning of “essential,” and what it’s like to fight an enemy we cannot see.

    We reason that we are not the only people struggling with these issues.

  • The world is continuing to learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic with each passing day. As your State Senator, I am proud to see how Kentuckians are responding. Even while implementing safety precautions such as “social distancing” that physically keeps us apart, we are pulling together like never before in order to fight this invisible enemy. Our motto has never been more evident. “United we Stand; Divided we Fall.”

  • “What’s wrong?”

    “Where’s that pretty smile?”

    How many times do we ask our children these questions? What parent or family member doesn’t long to see his or her child or grandchild smile?   

    The real question is: How do we respond to them when they tell us they aren’t “happy?”

  • By Davette B. Swiney is president and CEO of Central Kentucky Community Foundation

    The past couple weeks have been a strange and challenging time for everyone, and nonprofit organizations aren’t immune from these experiences. Many nonprofits are hit as hard as everyone else.

  • Well, the universe has had enough.
    We weren’t listening to her. We weren’t taking her warnings seriously. We were ignoring her.
    So, she has SHUT US DOWN.
    She has put us in our place.
    She has forced us to slow down and focus on what’s most important.
    Our health.
    Our families.
    Our friends.
    Our livelihood.

  • The Kentucky General Assembly remained committed to fulfilling its constitutional obligation to pass a two-year state budget during week 11 of the 2020 legislative session. Due to the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19, the General Assembly, along with the assistance of an incredible legislative staff, moved expeditiously last week to ensure that our Constitutional responsibilities were met while ensuring the safety of all involved.


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