Many ways to help fight hunger in Ky.
More than 730,000 Kentuckians struggle with hunger, including one in five children. They live in every county and legislative district.
In response, members of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks distributed the equivalent of 44 million meals in 2013 through a network of more than 1,000 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
Food banks would not exist without support from individual donors, the business community, civic groups and elected officials.
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That's why the association and Feeding America recognize Hunger Action Month each September to promote ways for people to get involved to fight it, such as:
¦ Share local hunger statistics on Facebook and Twitter.
¦ Like and follow Feeding America, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and your local food bank on social media.
¦ Sign the Feeding a Strong Future pledge at Feedingamerica.org.
¦ Volunteer at a food bank.
¦ Invite state and federal legislators to visit local food banks.
¦ Donate to a food bank.
¦ Participate in events such as Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland's Hunger Action Day in Elizabethtown on Thursday, God's Pantry Food Bank's Burgers & Bikes in Lexington on Sept. 21, and God's Pantry Food Bank's Crop Walk in Lexington on Sept. 28.
More information is available at kyfoodbanks.org.
Kentucky Association of Food Banks
Birds and bees
Times they are a changing. Thanks to the dependence of the political class on big money, income inequality is rampant.
Legal views of what constitutes marriage and corporations as persons are shifting dramatically.
Will the unions between many politicians and corporations achieve marital recognition?
It is among the perversities of corporate personhood that when they marry politicians it is the rest of us who get screwed.
T. Kerby Neill
Actions over words
I'm reminded of the saying, "actions speak louder than words" while observing Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign.
It has produced a barrage of commercials, billboards and mailers telling us he is fighting for coal miners and their families.
Yet, during the nearly 30 years he has represented Kentucky, significant numbers of coal jobs have been lost.
Another tactic is running numerous negative ads against his opponent. One would think that someone who has been on a job for nearly 30 years would have accomplishments to tout rather than trying to improve his image by demonizing his opponent.
I hope McConnell continues to be about words and not actions. He opposes an increase in the minimum wage and wants to repeal a law that has provided thousands of uninsured Kentuckians access to much-needed health care.
His actions remind me of another saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."
Gordon E. Parmley
Telecom reform urgent
Much has been said recently by Kentucky lawmakers about potential telecom reform in the commonwealth.
While this has been a contested issue in the past, let's make one thing clear: Telecom reform in Kentucky is not a political issue, it's an innovation issue.
And, perhaps more importantly, it's a progress issue. It's a "letting Kentucky live up to its full potential" issue.
Citizens for a Digital Future, or CDF, has long promoted expanded broadband access to all Kentuckians.
Part of making that happen is ensuring state laws are consistent with the technological age in which we live.
Unfortunately, Kentucky's outdated laws stifle private investment in broadband infrastructure and, as a result, hold Kentucky back.
CDF encourages all state legislators from both sides of the aisle to work together to ensure Kentucky's digital future.
Let's prove the adage wrong and put Kentucky 20 years ahead this time, not behind.?
Citizens for a Digital Future-Kentucky
Get tough on drinking
We need tougher laws.
You lose your right to own a firearm if convicted of a felony. You lose nothing while driving drunk? It's the same as a loaded gun getting behind a wheel and hitting someone.
What's wrong when we say no more public smoking, but we keep bars open later for drinking to make up for the smoking ban?
Lisa J. Johnson