Ky. needs more foster families
On May 3, Kentucky reported an all-time record high number of children living in out-of-home care.
This May. the Children's Bureau celebrates National Foster Care Month, a time to come together on behalf of more than 7,000 Kentucky children who are living in foster care because their own families are in crisis.
Let's thank the foster families who provide homes and love to children who need them. Let us also recognize that more families are needed to take on this challenge in our community.
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Nearly every community is suffering from a shortage of foster families. Children in foster care feel more secure and are more likely to succeed when they are able to stay in their home community.
The larger the pool of qualified foster parents in Fayette County, the easier it is to ensure that children can remain in their own neighborhoods, schools and overall be more successful.
The one thing all foster parents have in common is their commitment to children and adolescents. They understand the critical need our state is experiencing for dedicated, compassionate foster families. To become involved, contact us at 859-971-2585 or visit www.safy.org.
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What happened to the Herald- Leader on April 9? You actually had an article that spoke the truth about Rand Paul ("Fact checking Rand Paul's campaign rollout" by Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post, page A-10).
I was about to give up on my subscription. Would it be possible for you to make this required reading for reporter Sam Youngman and WKYT's Bill Bryant?
Perhaps, it would be recommended to fact-check what these guys say and write.
I believe the people of Kentucky want to be informed and not led as one would put a leash on a dog.
Capitalist socialism? Sounds like a contradiction in terms but every state must think it is a good thing, because they all practice it.
Whenever we vie for a business by offering tax relief we have taken money paid by taxpayers on gas, food, shopping, income etc. and given it to a business.
Many studies over many years — Time magazine ran a series in the 1980s — have said that tax breaks for businesses are not cost effective. Still all states offer them, so maybe states just feel like they must. Taking money from taxpayers for a private company is justified by the jobs those companies offer.
Without those jobs citizens wouldn't be able to pay the taxes that will pay good salaries to the CEOs and dividends to the shareholders. We can only hope there is something in the agreements that requires them to offer living wages.
Let's call this what it is. It is socialism. Taxes, paid by all of us, are spent for what is believed by our elected officials to be the common good.
The tax breaks described in the May 1 paper really are socialism for capitalists. This isn't a contradiction in terms at all.
Sara M. Porter
Two birds, one stone
Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space becomes evident when such space becomes the "real" subject of an image, as used by the artist.
Unwitting though they may be, Dudley Webb and Mitch McConnell, henceforth McCoalnell, have elevated this art form to new heights (or lows in Webb's case).
Not to be confused with facts, they doggedly pursue deeply flawed ideas that inadvertently call attention to the negative space around them.
In Webb's case the ongoing reinvention of downtown has become the real subject. In McCoalnell's case, his slavish devotion to a derailing coal industry and phony "I'm not a scientist" smokescreen only call attention to better energy options for the future.
Their efforts need to be rewarded. A coal sculpture in McCoalnell's likeness, à la Tom Toles' cartoon, could be used to fill Webb's unholy void and negate the negative space. The Friends of Coal would naturally want to be involved in sculpting their memorial, lest they be accused of dilettantism.
And negative space could be put back in its place.
Quiz: If I am not re-elected as a senator, then elect me as president and if I am not elected as president, then re-elect me as senator. Name the person who wants to have his cake and eat it at the same time.
You don't need to conduct a study to determine that that's a complete turnoff to voters. It's just common sense.