Keep education as top priority
Kentucky and many other states have a current financial future that is bleak. The reality is more money is needed than is available. Its a supply-and-demand issue — the demand is much greater than the supply, Some say this is a spending problem; others say it’s a revenue problem. If the truth be known, it’s somewhere in the middle.
“Somewhere in the middle” is the point of this letter. Somewhere in the middle of a spending problem versus a revenue problem is the place where the most important issues exist. It’s the place where 99 percent of Kentuckians live and work. “Somewhere in the middle” are real families who are affected by the decisions of the governor and our legislators. “Somewhere in the middle” are Kentucky’s youngest children who are and will be affected by the decisions made in Frankfort.
It may sound a bit cliche but our youngest citizens will soon be the next generation of adult citizens. I know the governor wants to provide opportunities for every child to grow and learn throughout their lives. There’s a chance that a toddler now enrolled in a quality child care program may be a Kentucky governor in 40 or 50 years. There’s an even great chance that a child in preschool today will become Kentucky Teacher of the Year or even National Teacher of th Year. Will every child want to grow up to be governor or teacher of the year or a gifted researcher? Of course not. However, shouldn’t every child be given an equal chance to be and do all that they are capable of doing and achieving?
I offer this challenge to Gov. Steve Beshear: As you approach a new legislative session and must make difficult funding decisions, please make investments in education from delivery to diploma a top priority.
Bradley Stevenson, Executive director, Child Care Council of Kentucky Inc.
Keep education as top priority
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
Primary election sends messages
The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.
Click it or Ticket
"Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
In Your View 5/13/14
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