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April 26, 2016

A free education should be just that — free

Emilee McCubbins

It is August. Across the nation, parents are anxiously waiting out the clock. Children run from friend’s house to friend’s house, desperate to fit in as much as possible in the final weeks of summer. Stores frantically hire more employees as the oncoming storm approaches. It’s back to school time.

A new school year means new beginnings. New classes, new friends, new experiences. The chance to start over, to become whoever and whatever you want to be. That is, if you have the money to do so.

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April 26, 2016

Care needed for kinship care families

Justin Miller

Every kid needs a family and a safe place to call home. Having been in foster care myself, I can personally attest to this need.

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April 26, 2016

Oral health problem: Insured and underserved

Jennifer Hasch

Compared to our peer cities, Louisville is doing an excellent job getting children health coverage, with only 2.5 percent uninsured. Research shows that children with health insurance are more likely to receive primary and preventive care and less likely to miss school due to an illness than the uninsured. Oral health care is a crucial component of overall health, yet in Jefferson County, only 48 percent of children with public health insurance receive dental services, despite 100 percent of them having dental coverage.

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April 26, 2016

Restorative Justice helps youths survive justice system

Steve Jenkins & Libby Mills

“No matter what you do, you will always have me as another grandmother.” This is what one Louisville resident in her 90s said to a young man who several months earlier had stolen her purse, which contained her Christmas money and mementos of her two deceased sons.  She would never get those mementos back.

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