Frankfurt State Journal. September 20, 2022.
Editorial: Needed: More conversations about addiction and mental health
Our society can sometimes be contradictory. We celebrate when loved ones complete cancer-free treatment, yet we don’t usually express the same congratulatory wishes when someone overcomes a drug or alcohol addiction. It’s almost as if those who battle addiction and mental health issues are looked down upon instead of encouraged – as they should be.
For so long, it has been considered acceptable to shove topics related to addiction, substance abuse, and mental health under the rug. It just wasn’t something to talk about with family and friends – the very people whose support is essential to recovery.
It’s time for that to change, which is why the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other organizations mark September as National Recovery Month. The initiative, which was launched in 1989, aims to increase public awareness of mental health and addiction recovery. September is also a time to celebrate the progress made by those in recovery and to reinforce the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health.
“This is not a fight won overnight. But it’s a fight we are committed to seeing through,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “Addiction affects us all. It affects those we love and care about, and it impacts our economic success. Let’s work together to win the fight against opioids and build a better Kentucky – a better country – for all of us.
A report from the Kentucky Cabinet of Justice and Public Safety and the Office of Drug Control Policy released earlier this year says the use of fentanyl – a powerful synthetic opioid – has contributed to a record number of overdose deaths. in the state last year. 2,250 Kentuckians died from drug overdoses in 2021 — a nearly 15% increase from the previous year and the first time the state has recorded more than 2,000 overdose deaths in a single year. What’s even scarier is that 73% of those deaths were attributed to a single drug, fentanyl.
No one should have to fight alone. Let’s have more conversations about addiction, substance abuse and mental health issues. Support — but not allow — those who are hurting and let them know there is hope and help is available.
If you or someone you know needs help with treatment resources, call the KY Help Call Center at 833-8KY-HELP or visit findhelpnowky.org Kentucky residents can also visit Web Kentucky State Police Angel Initiative at http://kentuckystatepolice.org/angel-initiative/ to find one of 16 KSP positions where people with addictions can be matched with a local officer who will help find a treatment program appropriate.
Ashland Independent Daily. September 17, 2022.
Editorial: Citizenship Lesson: Learn, Get Informed, Vote
Many older residents lament the lack of civics classes in high school and it’s understandable why. ivics is the study of the rights and duties of citizenship and the workings of government, taking into account history, political science, and various social sciences.
Although seemingly neglected by today’s curriculum, it is important for students to understand civics. As American taxpayers, we have to realize that taxpayers’ money supports the government. We deserve to understand how our government works and we need to understand our duties and rights to keep our democracy working.
September 17 was United States Citizenship Day, a good day to discuss civics.
In 1940, Congress established I Am An American Day on the third Sunday in May. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill eliminating the previous holiday and creating American Citizenship Day on September 17, coinciding with the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Among our rights are freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, of assembly and of petition to government.
We should enjoy these freedoms – freedoms that make us one of the freest people in the world – by understanding our duties as American citizens. Our duties include respecting and obeying the laws at all levels of government; respect the rights, beliefs and opinions of others and participate in the local community by paying taxes, serving on juries when called, being aware of what is happening in your community, state and nation and voting as you see fit.
Being a good citizen may sound easy, but it’s not. If that were the case, we wouldn’t have low voter turnout on Election Day. The Council on Foreign Relations found that voter turnout in the United States is below the average for high-income countries.
Our democracy has faced challenges in recent years. If it is to survive, we all have to fulfill our duties and to fulfill them, we have to understand them.
Bowling Green Daily News. September 19, 2022.
Editorial: Paul Gets the Journalism Bill Wrong
It’s no secret that the newspaper industry has faced unprecedented challenges in recent years. And no, it’s not because of a sudden proliferation of “fake news” – a lazy insult used by those opposed to truth and accountability.
In fact, newspapers have, by most measures, more readers than ever before. The struggles are due to the growing majority of people looking online for news and information. It also means that advertising, the primary funding mechanism for newspapers, is increasingly moving online.
The beneficiaries of this move are largely Big Tech giants like Facebook who are more than happy to aggregate news content on their sites and profit from it through digital advertising. Under the current system, the creators of this content, the newspapers, are not compensated for their efforts.
This grossly unfair system of corporations profiting from the work of others clearly needs to be fixed.
This is where the bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act comes in.
As Sarah Michels of the Daily News reported, the law “would give digital news companies a four-year ‘safe harbor’ to bargain collectively with platforms like Google and Facebook to level the playing field and obtain fair compensation for the use of their work. .”
Bowling Green Republican Senator Rand Paul was a co-sponsor of the bill when it was introduced in March 2021.
However, Paul has now abruptly changed his tone. On September 7, he withdrew from the original bill and introduced an earlier version – the Local News and Broadcast Media Preservation Act, as a replacement.
Paul told the Daily News that his decision boils down to an amendment to the original bill which “mandates government arbitration and government involvement in the solution. … While I am in favor of newspapers and broadcasters being allowed to bargain collectively, I am not in favor of the government applying an arbitrated final solution. It may seem like a technicality, but it’s a pretty important part of it, so I’m going to keep working with the authors to see if they’ll accept my way of thinking if they want my support.
However, the bill has no viability without an element of arbitration.
As Tonda Rush, director of public policy and general counsel for the National Newspaper Association, said an arbitration measure is needed to “give teeth” to the bill and “make sure it comes to fruition.”
“I’m not sure why adding arbitration to the bill would bother a senator,” Rush said. “Obviously if you’re trying to negotiate with a reluctant party, which is what platforms are, there has to be endpoints so you’re not arguing forever and just ticking the clock and nothing does not happen.”
It is also important to note that the Journalism Preservation and Competition Act would not include major national newspapers like the New York Times or the Washington Post. Instead, it would help community newspapers like the Daily News, which, despite trends that see several newspapers closing each week, continues to be the only local source for coverage of vital things like government meetings and councils. schools, local elections and much more.
The Journalism Preservation and Competition Act is currently on hold after Senator Ted Cruz, R. Texas, introduced an amendment to the bill regarding content moderation. He told Breitbart.com that Democrats’ reluctance to embrace his change “is a case study of how much Democrats love censorship.”
We hope that Paul and other Republicans will not continue to work to block competition law and the preservation of vitally needed journalism.
Jennifer Bertetto, chief executive of Trib Total Media, eloquently defended the case during a subcommittee hearing in February. She said Google and Facebook’s record profits came at the cost of shutting down newspapers.
“Journalism can’t just be ‘content’ that Big Tech can trivialize,” Bertetto testified. “Our founders understood that quality journalism is essential to sustaining civil society, and that’s why a free press is enshrined in the US Constitution. But the “free” press does not mean that our work is free.
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