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Constance Alexander: Bobbie Ann Mason’s ‘Dear Ann’ dips into history and re-imagines herstory

Bobbie Ann Mason’s newest work of fiction, “Dear Ann,” is a magical mystery tour that moves between past and present, starting with an epigraph from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan,” that refers to a woman “wailing for her demon-lover.” The action begins at sea in 2017, with the title character, Ann, re-reading letters from the mid-1960s penned by former professor and mentor,...

Warren Greer: Kentucky’s Lincoln Trail highlights freedom, equality, and democracy

“I can stand this,” said Black Kentuckian and former slave, Elijah Marrs, as he performed military drills in Louisville in 1864. “Though I do march in line to the tap of the drum, I felt freedom in my bones, and when I saw the American eagle with outspread wings upon the American flag with the motto, E Pluribus Unum, the thought came to me, ‘Give me liberty or give me death.’” Lincoln Heritage...

Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s perspective on the news of the week — bold strokes, full color, few words

            Joe Heller was the editorial cartoonist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wis., from 1985 until being laid off in July 2013. He still draws five cartoons a week and distributes them through his own syndicate. Through Heller Syndication, his cartoons regularly appear in more than 400 newspapers, making him the most successful self-syndicated...

Aaron Thompson: The time is now for Kentucky to make higher education a priority for all students

In his famous 1961 “moon shot” speech, President John F. Kennedy told Congress, “Now it is time to take longer strides, time for a great new American enterprise, time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on earth.” Kennedy believed that landing a man on the moon was not a pipe dream; it was critical to humanity’s...

Bill Straub: Despite tired ‘guns-don’t-kill’ and ‘good-guys-with-guns’ narratives, guns remain the problem

Anyone who has ever watched an old episode of “The Untouchables” or the Coen Brothers’ “Miller’s Crossing” (highly recommended) is no doubt familiar with the Thompson submachine gun, popularly known as the Tommy gun, a weapon favored during its heyday by the likes of Al Capone, John Dillinger and George Kelly Barnes, whose penchant for the device earned him the tantalizing...

Commentary: Lawmakers must embrace benefits digital marketplace provides small businesses

By Leigh Ann Lambert and Shellie Hallock Special to NKyTribune No one has time for basic cheese and bad wine. That’s why we’re proud to open The Board Room, a new venue in Morehead featuring custom Charcuterie Boards, delicious drinks and a wonderful space to enjoy. Even before our Grand Opening, our store is already connecting with customers and friends online. That’s because we recognized...

Jim Waters: The best practices for a better Kentucky? Managing debt

While significant improvements have been made to Kentucky’s financial condition – including meaningful reforms to its public pension systems – much work remains ahead to create a commonwealth that’s as “red” in its economic policies as in its political representation. To its credit, the politically super-red legislature made headway in that direction during this year’s General Assembly,...

Constance Alexander: Recent violent events highlight need to reassess community mental health resources

Mental Health Awareness Month has come and gone, but violent events of the past few weeks have left many of us assessing mental health resources in our own communities. In Murray, a chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families, through support, education, and advocacy With the leadership...

Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s view of the news of the week — in full color, broad strokes, few words

                Joe Heller was the editorial cartoonist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wis., from 1985 until being laid off in July 2013. He still draws five cartoons a week and distributes them through his own syndicate. Through Heller Syndication, his cartoons regularly appear in more than 400 newspapers, making him the most successful...

Sen. John Schickel: Congratulating CVG on 75 years of operation and service to the NKY community

I have a long history with our airport. As a little boy growing up on a farm in Loveland, Ohio, I can remember Mom loading us kids into the station wagon to pick up Dad from the airport after returning from a long business trip. These were the days before air conditioning and the expressway. It was a long journey, but we all looked forward to it. We would go early, and Mom would take us to the observation...

Bill Straub: If battle is between two monsters, King Kong and Godzilla, are you for McConnell or Paul?

It’s the eternal question: Who do you cheer for when King Kong battles Godzilla? They’re both monsters, after all, leaving chaos, death, and destruction in their separate wakes. And, frankly, neither creature is what you would call screen-idol handsome. The query is pertinent since a similar dilemma may eventually confront the Kentucky faithful as it regards the Commonwealth’s two U.S. senators...

Al Cross: On guns, McConnell is rational, but his operative word is risk

When President Biden said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was one of the “rational Republicans” who recognize “they can’t continue like this” on the issue of guns – which means doing nothing – the left erupted, casting Biden as hapless Charlie Brown in the old “Peanuts” meme of Lucy yanking away the football. Even some on the right erupted. Never-Trump conservative Bill Kristol...

Kim Moser: What is Kentucky doing about the infant formula shortage? We cannot let children suffer

Kentucky families are going day to day not knowing if the formula they need for their infant will be available. Store shelves are empty, with store signs limiting how much formula desperate parents can buy when they do find it, and we have heard nothing from Governor Beshear on what families are to do. More than 55% of Kentucky retailers are out of formula stock. Families are frightened and worried...

Bill Cunningham: As our law enforcement officers are unjustifiably demonized, grief is replaced by anger

I’m only now able to write about the shooting death of Calloway Deputy Sheriff Jody Cash on May 16, in Benton, Kentucky. Jody and I were not close. But we were friends going back a long way. And as someone has said, if you knew Jody at all, he was like a close friend. Everything good that has been said about him is true. But grief has not been the only emotion I have experienced with Jody’s...

Constance Alexander: Even a fourth grader can see continued inaction on guns doesn’t make sense

Ten years old. The year I mastered Double Dutch and long division. I remember it well. My best friends were Anne and Kay. We were in the fourth grade at St. Francis and belonged to the same Girl Scout troop. Sometimes we walked home from school together, joining arms to stroll past the church, down Main Street, and up Maple to Anne’s house. Kay and I continued on until she took a right on Linden...