- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:


Aug. 9

Lexington Herald-Leader on Sen. Rand Paul’s slam of Mayor Jim Gray:

OK, nobody looks to the overheated summer rhetoric at Fancy Farm for policy details. The meat and potatoes of the annual impolitic picnic are the snide aside, the snarking while snacking, the ribbing between ribs and the tongue-in-cheekiness of the delivery.

But that’s license for creativity and humor, not outright falsehood. Sen. Rand Paul’s baseless and clumsy slam of Mayor Jim Gray for the years-long fiasco at CentrePointe was, to be kind, deceptive.

Leave aside that it’s always been a private project, then-Vice Mayor Gray had exactly nothing to do with an entire historic city block being leveled. He led efforts to increase community input in what should happen there and to prevent such demolition-by-neglect from being repeated. As mayor, he has pushed for more accountability by the developers.

Paul’s punchline - that Gray has somehow had work stopped at the site lest coal be found - surely amused Paul’s speechwriters; but nothing in Gray’s pro-business record suggests animus toward the industry.

Eastern Kentucky’s economic prospects will be hashed out in future debates, assuming the incumbent agrees to them. Surely Paul, who showed up for endless GOP presidential forums, will be eager to give Kentucky voters the opportunity to comparison shop in a serious setting. Fancy Farm is fun, but Kentuckians deserve an actual exchange of ideas. Fancy that.




Aug. 10

The Daily News on the William Twyman heading the state board of education:

Through more than 25 years as an educator and a leader, William Twyman has shaped many minds and has led by example.

Twyman is a former educator and administrator with Glasgow Independent Schools. He began his impressive teaching career in 1977 teaching math and science to students ranging from sixth to 12th grades and served as assistant principal of Glasgow Middle School and principal of the Ralph Bunche Sixth Grade Center.

The educator was the 1993 recipient of the Milken Family Foundation’s first Educator Award.

Tywman retired in 2004, but those who know him say he is still very involved in the district and is still very highly regarded in the community. Those who know him say he has been a tremendous leader reaching out to schools and advocating for new programs.

Others outside Glasgow have also taken notice of Twyman’s capabilities.

Twyman has been elected chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education.

This had to be wonderful news to Twyman, who says he doesn’t quite know why he was honored, but nevertheless seems very humbled to serve as chairman of this board.

Twyman also is making history, as the Kentucky Department of Education believes he is the first minority to hold this position.

This is history in the making for Twyman, whose family has a track record of making history.

Twyman is a relative of Luska J. Twyman, who became the first black mayor in Kentucky when he was elected mayor of Glasgow in 1968.

He will be a real addition as chairman and already has knowledge of the board, since he began serving a second term on the 11-member board in 2014 after being appointed to it by then-Gov. Steve Beshear.

Twyman says he is interested in continuing reform education in Kentucky, advocating for new programs and continuing to make improvements for our children.

We believe electing Twyman as the chairman of the board was a good choice. He is well-respected by those he has worked with, those in his community and by many in the education field across the state. He will be a fine chairman of this very important board.

We congratulate him and wish him all of the best in his new role.




Aug. 7

The Kentucky New Era motorists being attentive to school buses:

This week when students return to classes in Christian and Todd counties, and begin their second week of the school year in Trigg County, there are several thousand reasons for motorists to take special care on the roads. The reasons, of course, are the students traveling to and from school in buses and their parents’ cars - and for some older students, in their own vehicles.

Traffic will be busier than we’ve seen since last spring. Motorists who allow a little extra time for the morning commute, and observe reduced speed limits in school zones, will help make the roads safer.

Everyone ought to take special care near school grounds and when approaching buses that have stopped in traffic to let children on or off.

State law requires drivers to stop when approaching a bus that has stopped, with warning lights and the stop arm activated, to pick up or drop off passengers. This includes drivers on both sides of the road. The only exception is for cars approaching from the opposite direction of a bus on a highway with four or more lanes. But even when the traffic laws don’t require a motorist to stop for a bus, it is always a good idea to slow down and give bus traffic plenty of room.

Bus drivers face challenges that most of us behind the wheel have never imagined. Handling a vehicle that weighs 10 tons or more, anticipating what can go wrong on the road while also maintaining order onboard with the passengers, a school bus driver assumes a great deal of responsibility. It is not an easy job, but it can be more manageable if other motorists on the road are cooperative and patient.

Twice in the past 20 years, Christian County has experienced the loss of a child in a bus accident. In 1996, a 14-year-old boy was struck by a truck after he stepped off a bus on Princeton Road. And in 2000, a 5-year-old boy died when a bus crashed on Kentucky 117.

It is a tragedy we hope is never repeated in our community, but we know there are always risks in vehicle travel. Most accidents occur close to home. Many could be prevented if drivers avoided distractions, observed the speed limit and maintained a safe distance from other vehicles.

We hope every driver thinks about the thousands of reasons to be attentive on the roads this week. Help the bus drivers keep everyone safe by observing speed limits and watching for students getting on and off buses. They should be our top priority.



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