Kentucky Press News Service

The unexpected is the everyday for emergency responders

August 23, 2018 - 12:34pm
On Aug. 8, the Prestonsburg Fire Department and other agencies were faced with something they had never seen before. A fire broke out at the boat dock at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, forcing the firefighters to take on numerous challenges. According to Prestonsburg Fire Chief Mike Brown, the fire, which destroyed three boats, damaged two others, and damaged the boat dock, presented a challenge for the firefighters. But, that’s often the way firefighting goes. Rarely is an incident response for a “cookie-cutter” event. Each one is different and presents different challenges and different dangers. 2018-08-23T10:37:25-04:00

The meaning of the First Amendment

August 23, 2018 - 12:34pm
Free speech is a guaranteed right in this country and the First Amendment that guarantees that freedom is popular. But What does the First Amendment mean? What does it mean to have free speech? The right to free speech is often thought of incorrectly as the right to never be censored by anyone or any organization. But the First Amendment is particular: It prohibits restrictions on free speech imposed by our government. 2018-08-23T10:33:33-04:00

Why not require Kentucky's public schools to post 'In Allah We Trust'?

August 23, 2018 - 12:34pm
In Allah We Trust! Chances are if you live in Kentucky, where 76 percent of the people are Christian and a large plurality of them are evangelical Protestants, that’s not something you want posted on the door of the classroom where your child attends school. Or in Buddha We Trust. Or, even in Gilgamesh We Trust (Gilgamesh, according to legend was two-thirds god and one-third man — if you can wrap your head around that). That’s the trouble with the new bill being pushed by state Rep. Brandon Reed, an evangelical minister from Hodgenville, that would require schools to post the nation’s motto in their buildings. 2018-08-23T10:16:40-04:00

Statues honoring Kentucky women are in the works. How the #MeToo movement has helped.

August 23, 2018 - 12:34pm
A century ago, Lexington women were national leaders in the movement to secure civil rights for women, including the 19th Amendment giving them the right to vote. But there are no statues, monuments or plaques in town to honor them. In fact, while Lexington has many monuments to men and horses — and even a dog and a camel — I know of only one significant statue honoring a woman. A bronze Catherine Spalding (1793-1858), founder of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, sits outside KentuckyOne Health St. Joseph Hospital. A non-profit group called Breaking the Bronze Ceiling hopes to change that. 2018-08-23T10:12:39-04:00