It’s not, as Mitch McConnell says, the 11th hour. The Senate has time to investigate and hear witnesses, though a rush to confirm would be consistent with the GOP quest to conceal key parts of Brett Kavanaugh’s past.
After the May primary, we urged Lexington mayoral candidate Ronnie Bastin to electronically file his campaign finance reports. He chose not to, delaying the public’s access to information about who’s bankrolling his campaign.
If people stop coming from other countries, Kentucky will lose more population through migration than it gains. International migration is raising Kentucky’s education levels. So let’s hope Trump does not succeed in scaring away immigrants.
Unemployment is low but the profits from Americans’ labor is not showing up in their paychecks. Kentucky will be stuck with a branch-plant economy until it produces its own entrepreneurs and company founders.
Thanks to Together Lexington for creating a black history trail. People who take the self-guided tour will learn about slavery, lynching and the first black church this side of the Alleghenies. As painful as our past is, we can’t build a solid future without understanding the past.
Artist Karyn Olivier’s “Witness” elevates enslaved people from the margins of white-written histories to long overdue recognition — in this case, on the newly gold-leafed dome of the University of Kentucky’s Memorial Hall.
Kentucky should convene an independent bipartisan commission to examine the systems that protect elections, their funding and lines of responsibility. Especially important, after Russians have hacked voter registration systems, is the question of who can change those records.
Floyd County must quickly clean up abuses of its special education program that state investigators say were aimed at boosting test scores. But let’s not discredit the real progress in this impoverished Eastern Kentucky school district.
Infill development will not gain public support or succeed in Central Kentucky unless it respects existing neighborhoods, businesses and quality of life. The Paris Board of Commissioners thinks differently.
Republicans Robert Stivers and David Osborne should explain the “different direction” they have in mind for the nonpartisan agency that staffs Kentucky’s legislature. It’s too important to become a political spoil.
Transferring money from low-income students to for-profit colleges, as the Trump administration is doing, is the last thing Kentucky needs as it struggles to raise education levels and prepare more people for the workforce.
Lexington should relentlessly focus on infill and redevelopment. Now is no time to siphon off public resources, private investment or civic energy with a fight about expanding the urban growth boundary.
Kentuckians should mark this moment as a turning point — well, really, a turning backward — in a long quest to depoliticize decisions about public education and to hire educators based on credentials not connections.