Many Kentuckians have either directly or indirectly depended on the coal mining industry to make a decent living. Others argue that burning coal is harming our health and that the extraction method known as mountaintop removal has brought major destruction to the natural areas of Eastern Kentucky. Still others point out that coal keeps energy affordable for Kentuckians. And then there’s the matter of climate change.
Gov. Matt Bevin has called for prioritizing practical academic endeavors. Others are arguing that studying the humanities is essential, too. Certainly, those who work in higher education should read European literature.