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Constance Alexander: Sisters’ printmaking inspires students through unique residency at Murray State

There was no sisterly squabbling or good-natured sibling rivalry last week when Carrie Lingscheit and Emmy Lingscheit served as artists in residence at Murray State University. Working in separate studios, the sister-artists were immersed in the process of editioning unique works of art, with the assistance of Professor Nicole Hand’s advanced printmaking class. Carrie Lingscheit’s intricate etching/mezzotint...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about why government grows, Part 1

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Government grows because Americans want it to grow.Some Americans want higher taxes, more government spending, and more government programs. To pay for the programs, governments must spend more money by going into more debt, collecting more taxes, or both. Larger government advocates argue that with capitalism, many people...

Commentary: It’s Sunshine Week. Support public’s right to know; government is public’s business

By Amye Besenhaver and Jennifer Brown Kentucky Open Government Coalition March 15 through 21 has been designated Sunshine Week 2020. By no coincidence, the Kentucky Open Government Coalition celebrates its one year anniversary this week. The Coalition emerged during the 2019 legislative session as a voice for citizen opposition to lawmakers’ attempts to undermine the public’s right to know. Since...

Terry Brooks: Folk myths aside, corporal punishment should not be legal in Kentucky schools

Folk wisdom versus folk myths always intrigue me. For instance, which of these statements are true? • Toilet flushes spin in a different direction in the Southern Hemisphere. • Dogs’ mouths are cleaner than human mouths. • Lightning never strikes the same place twice.• Salty water boils more quickly. • Bats are blind. • The Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from...

Don Owen: Here’s a chance for the NCAA to redeem itself — and senior athletes — with eligibility relief

Common sense has never been one of the redeeming qualities of the NCAA in its attempt to govern collegiate sports at member institutions. That’s not debatable. Too many laughable rules and a litany of scandals have hurt the organization’s credibility in recent years. Cheating and many NCAA programs are as synonymous as garbage cans and the Houston Astros. And, in case you haven’t noticed, the...

Billy Reed: We have no choice to make the best of it and hope that, in the end, coronavirus doesn’t win

Broadway has gone dark, a couple of Disney theme parks have shut down, and professional sports leagues have ended their seasons prematurely. Even more concerning, hospitals are being overwhelmed, the airlines industry is on life support, the Stock Market is tanking, and our government seems completely befuddled by what to do about this worldwide scourge known as the Coronavirus. To the shock and dismay...

Bill Straub: Good ideas come and go — but for the Equal Rights Amendment, it’s an idea long past due

It was Victor Hugo who claimed “nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come,’’ yet here we are, in the year of our lord 2020 (complying with a directive from the nitwits in the Kentucky General Assembly) and the Equal Rights Amendment, initially offered to the 50 states for their consideration in 1972, remains in the dumpster, with the possibility of resurrection sketchy at best. That...

OJ Oleka: Tour of KY campuses indicates private colleges change the lives of low-income students

Setting the benchmark of your first 100 days is a good measure for most leaders. It is in those first few months that you get to set the vision, organize your team, and set out to achieve your goals. In my first 100 days as president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), I have visited all 18 AIKCU campuses and learned how our institutions are changing the lives...

Commentary: We pay plenty for bad roads, why not pay for a safe, sustainable system that pays back

Traffic congestion. Potholes. Narrow and crumbling roads. Dangerous intersections. Are they everywhere? No. Do we all know where these trouble spots are in our communities? Yes.   These are the realities that all of us face as drivers, whether in rural or urban areas. Increasing safety and the efficiency of our roads is a responsibility that all of us bear. Whether we realize it or not, we are already...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about creeping socialism — we must draw the line

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write today to discourage Americans from crossing a line into harmful, creeping socialism. At some point, excessive government taxes, laws, spending, and business regulation cross over into control of business which removes business independence. Creeping socialism, with its potential to curb business creation and growth,...

Opinion: Advocates say Marsy’s Law is crucial tool to help safeguard and empower victims

Sometimes simply having a voice in the process and being treated with respect makes all the difference. That’s something we’ve heard time and again from survivors as they navigate the criminal justice system. It’s also quite often the defining factor in whether they feel justice was rendered or if the very system in place to protect them made them feel even further victimized. As directors of...

Marcie Timmerman: Support bill that protects Kentuckians from high prices at the pharmacy counter

Nearly two years ago, I was prescribed my first biologic medication to treat my autoimmune disease. Since then, this medication and others have been vital in managing my health. Innovative medicines, sadly, come with a steep price tag. Fortunately, a co-pay assistance card was available from the drug manufacturer to help keep my out-of-pocket costs manageable and predictable. Everything was going...

Al Cross: List of possible constitutional amendments lengthens (includes new taxes); only four are allowed

“No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” That quote, one of many falsely attributed to Mark Twain, apparently originated with Gideon Tucker, a New York lawyer, politician and newspaper editor, in 1866. It’s an exaggeration, but a useful reminder that our nation and its states are republics – in which we, the people, invest in their elected...

Bill Straub: When enough is really enough, whenever that may be, there’s always the November ballot box

When is enough, finally, enough. That essentially is the question that will be posed to voters of Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District this November when it comes to Rep. Thomas Massie, R-SomewhereorotherLewisCounty, who has been applying his brand of oddball legislating in the nation’s capital for better than seven long years now. Massie, as most observers of his reckless meanderings know...

Commentary: We agree that Marsy’s Law offers only empty promises; it’s bad for victims, wrong for KY

By Sen. John Schickel, (R) District 11 Shane Young, Commonwealth Attorney Heather Gatnarek, ACLU-KY Staff Attorney Scott Hofstra, United Kentucky Tea Party Jan Skavdahl, Northern Kentucky Tea Party It’s not often that you see an ACLU attorney, a Republican Senator, a Commonwealth Attorney and members of the Tea Party agreeing on something. This may be a first in Kentucky history, but we all agree...