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Frankfurt State Journal. January 7, 2022.

Editorial: Robinson proves dreams come true

While many University of Kentucky fans are sad that junior wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson is stepping down from his senior season and entering the NFL Draft, consider us among those who are happy that the Frankfurt native has achieved his. childhood dream of playing professional football. a reality.

Robinson, a 2019 graduate of Western Hills High School and 2018 Kentucky’s Mr. Football Award recipient, made the video announcement via Twitter on Wednesday, which was also his 21st birthday.

The star player began his college career at the University of Nebraska where he played for two years and was underused as a wide receiver. In his first season for the Huskers, Robinson was one of four national finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, awarded annually to college football’s most versatile player and presented by the Louisville Sports Commission.

Robinson moved to the UK last season to be closer to his family, which he said was the reason he was playing the game.

“To this coaching staff, thank you for allowing me to come and show what I imagined myself doing throughout my college career,” he said in the video. “The relationships I have built throughout this year have been the biggest part of my coming home.”

In his one season with the Wildcats, Robinson became the school’s top wide receiver and rewrote the record books by becoming the first Kentucky player to catch more than 100 passes with 104 receptions for 1,334 yards.

He saved one of his best games for last. In the UK’s 20-17 Citrus Bowl victory over Iowa, Robinson made 10 receptions for 170 yards, including a 52-yard catch-and-run play that put the Wildcats on the 2-line. Hawkeyes yards for what turned out to be the game. – winning touchdown. For his efforts, he was named the bowl’s MVP.

For those wondering how he’ll stack up against the NFL defensive backs, think about this. Throughout his high school and college career, Robinson was never the tallest or tallest player on the pitch, but he largely makes up for it with hard work and heart – two attributes that fail. cannot be taught. No matter how badly he gets, he always seems to come back, dust himself off, and get ready for the next room.

Robinson is a class act and role model both on and off the pitch.

In a post on his Facebook page, his father, Dale Robinson, said, “This is the dream. He wants every child in Frankfurt to know that dreams come true. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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Ashland Daily Independent. January 6, 2022.

Editorial: The praises of Singing Bowling

Once again a local person made us proud.

Aaron Bowling, choir director at Boyd County High School, recently received the National Federal High School Music Educator Award.

Bowling, who holds a BA in Music Education from Morehead State University and an MA in Choral Conducting, teaches guitar and music theory as well as choir.

In an age when science, technology, engineering, and math are encouraged and rewarded, the arts often continue to be overlooked. Yet time and time again, studies show the importance of the arts.

For example, a story published by the New England Board of Higher Education found that children learn to process new sounds through music. Language skills and music understanding work together as children learn pitch, tone, and word pronunciation. Learning a song helps develop the ability to memorize information. Playing an instrument develops hand-eye coordination. Studying music helps develop good study habits and teamwork. Those with musical training have been found to have higher levels of gray matter volume in their brains, which is directly related to auditory processing and understanding.

One of the most surprising benefits of music education: Musicians learn to listen to others, feel emotions, and respond with more depth and understanding. These are life skills that are needed in both professional and private life.

Let’s not forget the joy. Making music, listening to music, enjoying music brings joy to life, and there is never enough joy.

Since we live in an area where music is so crucial to our culture, music education is especially important. Music teachers play a vital role in students’ lives by introducing a skill that will complement other lessons and in itself be an important part of our daily life.

We congratulate Aaron Bowling on being recognized for his exceptional and important work.

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Daily News from Bowling Green. January 9, 2022.

Editorial: Serious issues demand serious work in the General Assembly

The Kentucky General Assembly met on Tuesday in Frankfurt, where lawmakers are appointed to their committees, participate in their caucuses and attempt to conduct people’s business over the next three months.

This will be a tall order, as many of the issues facing the state need to be addressed, starting immediately with the once-in-a-decade task of redrawing the maps of Congress and legislation. Republicans – who hold qualified majorities in both houses of the General Assembly – are speeding up this work, although at the time of this article’s publication, the final cards have yet to be determined.

The most important task of the session, however, will be the drafting of a new state budget.

As Bruce Schreiner of The Associated Press wrote last week: “Top lawmakers have signaled that they want to revert to passing a two-year budget after uncertainties from the COVID-19 pandemic have led to one-year budgets over the past two years. Unlike the lean years of the past, lawmakers have the advantage of deciding what to do with unprecedented amounts of excess state money as well as another huge federal pandemic aid.

“Other issues should come to the fore, including education, taxes, workforce development, abortion and sports betting. (Senate Speaker Robert) Stivers has said he will push for legislation to help overcome shortages in health professions, especially nursing, which have worsened during the coronavirus pandemic . “

Democratic Governor Andy Beshear will deliver his budget speech this week, which is expected to include “historic investments” in education, a pay hike for civil servants and investments to boost economic growth, according to the AP. But Beshear’s wishes will almost certainly be largely reshaped by Republicans, who have the numbers to override the governor’s vetoes.

In Kentucky, just like across the country, our deep political divisions appear to have intensified following a controversial 2020 presidential election and amid very different philosophies on how to handle the pandemic. But regardless of political party, we are all Kentuckians at the end of the day.

Whether our lawmakers are Republicans or Democrats, they need to come together and do their best to do the people’s job. This could be especially important this year, given that many people in western Kentucky – including Bowling Green – need swift and sustained action from the state government as they recover from tornadoes. of December that killed 77 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

This question was the centerpiece of Beshear’s state of the Commonwealth speech on Wednesday, when he called for bipartisan support for his proposal to devote $ 150 million to help affected communities rebuild and an additional $ 50 million to to help schools in the area, as well as to provide “additional tools” to attract and retain jobs in these communities, the AP reported.

In the moments following Beshear’s speech, the state’s GOP signaled its willingness to cooperate with the governor, at least on the issue of assistance with tornado recovery.

“I think the governor set the right tenor and tone to try to work together,” Stivers told Kentucky Educational Television after the speech, adding that he believed such a collaboration had happened too infrequently during. much of Beshear’s tenure, according to the AP.

We certainly hope that the legislators and the governor are genuinely prepared to adopt a compromise attitude. Too often the citizens of this state have suffered from partisan bickering and unnecessary and unnecessary political games between parties. As a result, taxpayers have sometimes footed the bill for special sessions – at a six-figure cost per day – for doing what could and should have been done during the regular session.

We would be naïve to believe that both sides of the aisle will agree on all laws. This is just politics, but we hope there will be a civil discourse among our lawmakers as we debate the issues before them in this session.

That’s why we urge Stivers, from Manchester, and Speaker of the House David Osborne, R-Prospect, to encourage their Chambers to get down to business early in this session. We urge Beshear to be flexible and recognize that Kentuckians have chosen to give Republicans control of the General Assembly. Time is running out, so lawmakers must use their limited time in Frankfurt to come together for the common good of all Kentuckians.

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