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Dr. Kevin Kavanagh: The virus is winning, and COVID-19 will not be defeated by false narratives

Society is struggling on two fronts, both for social justice and at the same time to control a raging epidemic. The epidemic of COVID-19 may be with us for a long time — and those who try to minimize it are doing so by placing front-line workers and economically disadvantaged populations at risk. I have been asked by many if I am on the side of the far right, whose narrative trivializes the dangers...

Letters to editor: Kara Gebhart Uhl on why Charles Booker; Kimberly Luse on why Amy McGrath

(Editor’s note: Kentucky’s primary election is Tuesday, June 23. See details about voting here, if you haven’t already asked for a mail-in ballot, it’s too late to get one. It is a partisan election and registered voters can vote only in the Democratic or the Republican primary. Independents cannot vote in either one.) Kara Gebhart Uhl: Charles Booker, the leader we need Who...

Al Cross: Charles Booker, Mike Broihier harvest votes on a field Amy McGrath planted

When Amy McGrath ran for the U.S. House in 2018, Cameron French was with her. He was a campus organizer at the University of Kentucky, where he is a student. But now, as McGrath seeks the Democratic nomination for senator, he’s organizing for state Rep. Charles Booker. French said he abandoned McGrath on the second day of her Senate campaign, when she told the Courier Journal that she would have...

Bill Straub: Georgia Davis Powers represents all that should be celebrated by a statue in Capitol Rotunda

Unless you’re a devotee of Turner Classic Movies – I plead guilty – you’ve probably never come across Judge Priest, a 1934 film starring Will Rogers and directed by the American master, John Ford, who, a year before his passing, said it was his favorite movie. Based on the writings of Paducah native Irvin S. Cobb, Judge Priest takes place in an unidentified Western Kentucky town sometime around...

Emma Jennings: Kentucky deserves Amy McGrath in Washington — and here’s why I am voting for her

Kentucky deserves better than Mitch McConnell, and Amy McGrath is the person we need to choose to take his place. She is genuine, she is determined, and she is willing to fight for what Kentucky, not just her party, needs. The world and our country are changing rapidly, and Kentucky needs strong, forward-thinking leadership to make sure it doesn’t get left behind in coming years. This pandemic has...

Stuart Sanders: Bemoaning statues? Then support places where history actually happened

Confederate monuments are in the crosshairs. Officials in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and beyond are calling for the removal of memorials to rebels and their cause. In Kentucky, authorities evicted the Jefferson Davis statue from the capitol rotunda. Members of Congress have also considered striking rebel names from military bases and might remove 11 statues from the U.S. Capitol. This news...

Billy Reed: Finally, at long last, Jefferson Davis’ statue out of Rotunda. Bring on Muhammad Ali

So the statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, finally is being removed from the rotunda of the Kentucky state capital building. Gov. Andy Beshear made the announcement on Thursday, June 12, giving credit to the Historic Properties Advisory Commission for acting “pursuant to my request.” I had to smile because on June 6, 2016, in a column for a Louisville television website, I...

Amy McGrath: Kentucky needs new generation leaders who will fight for every Kentuckian

We are truly at a turning point in our nation’s history. Peaceful protesters in every state and across the world are standing together to fight against the systemic racism and unequal treatment in the criminal justice system that has plagued our country for its entire history. Further, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored inequities in our economic, health care and education systems that underlie...

Letters to the Editor: Teresa Warner on climate solutions, Roger Auge on ‘best choice’ Mike Broihier

Working Together To Support Coal and Farming Communities  In times like these, Americans need to see that our elected leaders can work together to solve big problems. There are two recent bills introduced in Congress that show legislators can work together with a focus on helping both the economy and the environment.  These bills not only put Americans back to work but also ensure that the fruits...

Richard Nelson: Racial reconciliation begins with the Church; conversations bring understanding

I recently moderated a forum on racism, justice, and the Church, where three black pastors from Kentucky and Tennessee joined me and a colleague in a helpful conversation that brought a better understanding of the black community’s response to the senseless murder of George Floyd. Pastor Richard Dixon of Bethel Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee, reminded us that when black people saw the...

Al Cross: National shift makes Booker the Senate candidate of the moment, at least for some

It is easy for some to say that the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd was an outlier, not representative of his own department, much less police in general. But he was representative enough – of a streak in police, and in society, that still regards people of color as second-class beings, not worthy of full respect. It is a poisonous streak, one that keeps America from overcoming...

Bill Straub: It’s the autocratic way — using (or threatening) military force against U.S. citizens

The nation dodged a bullet, figuratively and, perhaps, literally, this week when President Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, failed to follow through on his threat to deploy the military to deal with the generally peaceful protests generated in wake of the death of George Floyd up in Minneapolis. Floyd, an African-American, died when a white policeman,...

Letter to the Editor: Christina Conover voices particular concerns to Rep. Thomas Massie

Dear Representative Massie: As a constituent of Kentucky’s 4th District, I am writing to voice my concern to you and my fellow constituents, the people whom you represent. Your current political ad features you at home on a tractor, handling firearms and standing next to President Trump suited up for your work in Washington. The rhetoric in your ad clearly mimics that of our president, an explicit...

Mike Broihier: Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate — for government accountability, economic justice

Mitch McConnell has been the chief enabler of the President’s reluctance to act during this pandemic, his unwillingness to take responsibility, and his avoidance of early measures that would have saved thousands of lives and thousands more jobs. I’m running for U.S. Senate to fight for government accountability and economic justice from Covington to Somerset, from Pikeville to Paducah, and to send...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about how communication can help unite America

We close our series of letters by encouraging more Americans to re-engage with one another to discuss matters of significance. Silence and fear set the stage for harmful ideas to carry the day. By re-engaging in good faith, more Americans can arrive at a better understanding of productive common ground centered around freedom. It helps to consider the source of most conflict in our political discussions....