The Ghost of an Idea: A reflection on Charles Dickens and the history and meaning of the season

BY: - December 23, 2022

Since the stone age, winter festivals have bestowed their warming glow of fire and light and bountiful feast in nearly every culture of human civilization drudging through the cold, dark, biting months surrounding the solstice. Using the stars and sun as a guide for monitoring the seasons, humans through history sowed their crops, stocked food […]

What to give the Kentucky pol who has everything? Al Cross has some jolly ol’ ideas

BY: - December 23, 2022

This column is republished from the Northern Kentucky Tribune, a nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism.  Before we renew the tradition of imaginary but fitting Christmas gifts for Kentucky political figures, here’s a plea for some real gifts for folks who really need them: the people of Ukraine, who are standing up […]

A plea to Kentucky’s teachers

BY: - December 22, 2022

I get why teachers in Kentucky are suspicious of almost anything coming out of the GOP-controlled legislature. Republicans earned that distrust through words and deeds, most notoriously the surprise attack on teachers’ pensions in 2018. I’m begging educators to see beyond the poisonous political atmosphere and seize ownership of a push to change reading instruction.  […]

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Illegal gun use is making Kentucky more deadly; red flag laws could save lives here

BY: - December 13, 2022

A Lexington wife and mother was killed in her home Nov. 23 — three days after a judge rejected an emergency protective order that police encouraged her to seek. The ruling: “No imminent threat.” The man she was divorcing called police to report he had shot her. Convicted of a past drug felony, he wasn’t […]

Listening to the pre-election preaching in one small Kentucky town

BY: - December 12, 2022

LAWRENCEBURG — With the election just three weeks away, my small, rural Kentucky town was suddenly “ate up,” as Grandma Ann might say, not with politics but with sex and sin.  The Oct. 17 meeting of the Anderson County school board was standing room only, and the vast majority were there to make fear-mongering, religious […]

Al Cross’s morning line on 2023 governor’s race

BY: - December 9, 2022

This article is published with permission from the Northern Kentucky Tribune, a nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. When Gov. Andy Beshear was sworn in three years ago Saturday, he was a fluke, elected by just 5,136 votes — less than 0.4% of the total — due to controversial utterances by incumbent Matt […]

Immediate action is needed to aid Afghans who put their lives on the line for Americans

BY: - December 7, 2022

More than a year ago, as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, I concluded 27 years of uniformed service. I spent more than a year of my life in Afghanistan, serving in special operations, a fact only relevant because it brought me into close contact with members of the Afghan National Security Forces and Afghan civilian […]

Introducing Kentucky Lantern’s health reporter

BY: - December 6, 2022

Every time I write a Kentucky health story, I’m reminded of when I was 13 and my “GrandG” taught me to crochet. It took weeks for my fingers to find their way and steadily stitch together yarn that took the shapes of scarves, blankets, potholders.  Often, because I was new at it, my needle slipped […]

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Citizens group demands new medical provider, end of overcrowding at Louisville jail where 12 died

BY: , , , and - December 5, 2022

For the past year, Louisville has been in the throes of one of the most devastating humanitarian crises in the city’s history. Twelve people died in the nightmarish conditions at Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC): Last December, as Mayor Greg Fischer and community leaders shrugged their shoulders and remained silent when three people died at the jail […]

Look for more attacks on Kentucky’s open government laws

BY: - December 2, 2022

Kentucky lawmakers faced a dilemma in 1975. One year earlier, they enthusiastically enacted an open meetings and an open records law aimed at restoring the public’s trust in government. Years of deception associated with the Vietnam Conflict and clandestine and illegal activities by the Nixon administration — collectively referred to as the Watergate scandal — […]

Mitch McConnell diagnosed GOP problem with voters but didn’t follow his own prescription

BY: - December 1, 2022

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, after beating back a challenge to his leadership position, offered a reasonable analysis on why his party fell short of midterm election hopes. “We underperformed among indepen­­dents and moderates because their impression of many of the people in our party, and leadership roles, is that they’re dogged in chaos, negativity, […]

Politicians owe Kentuckians a serious conversation about climate change

BY: - December 1, 2022

How many times have we seen it? Disaster strikes. The media descend. For a few days, the world is mesmerized. Until something new beckons; the media move on. And the victims recede in our ever-shortening attention spans and are forgotten. I’m proud the Kentucky Lantern’s debut brought you journalism that does not move on and […]