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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....

Commentary: An open letter to the Commonwealth from the Kentucky Council of Churches

Dear White Christians, Events of recent weeks have broken the heart of all faithful followers of a loving God and Jesus, the Prince of Peace. While we decry the violence and senseless destruction of property in Louisville and across the nation, we must humbly and unrelentingly understand AND WORK TO HEAL the long-term systemic violence of white privilege and white preferences that makes rage and anguish...

Letter to the Editor: Col Owens says support Amy McGrath and healthcare for all — realistically

A major issue facing Kentuckians in this fall’s U.S. Senate election is health care. All Democratic candidates support universal access to coverage. How to get there is what differentiates them. Amy McGrath recognizes that access to health care, like access to basic education, enhances our quality of life while undergirding our nation’s security and competitiveness. She proposes a thoughtful, realistic...

Dr. Sonja Feist-Price: There is an opportunity to chart a new path forward, starting now

-Ahmaud Arbery, age 25, Brunswick, Georgia — February 23 -Breonna Taylor, age 26, Louisville, Kentucky — March 13 -Steven Taylor, age 33, San Leandro, California — April 18 -George Floyd, age 36, Minneapolis, Minnesota — May 25 -Tony McDade, age 38, Tallahassee, Florida — May 29 These individuals reflect the most recent unjust killings of African Americans. These repeated acts of injustice...

Bill Straub: Quite a pair. As Trump disintegrates, McConnell just keeps digging grave for democracy

America’s Il Duce, one Donald John Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, in MacArthur-returns-to-the-Philippines mode, stormed Lafayette Park like a ground sloth on Monday to stand in front of a church and display a book he has never read, The Bible, whose passages he couldn’t distinguish from a limerick that starts “There once was a man from...

Prichard Committee: We call for racial equity and justice — in education, income, health and safety

We can no longer wait for another generation to pass while the slow lever of policy change takes hold. We must insist on a new kind of change now, change that will remedy the injustices that have been waged on Black communities for generations and end deeply embedded and persistent racism. We stand with our communities of color to insist on justice. We have simply not done enough to ensure equitable...

Commentary: Kentucky’s civil legal aid programs brace for unprecedented need for legal help

As we begin the process of reopening the economy and emerging from the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic, health, and social/emotional hardships facing our communities will become clearer. COVID-19 will leave countless Kentuckians with new and unanticipated challenges. Many of the challenges will involve civil legal issues: keeping one’s home, protection from abuse, securing benefits...

Letter to the Editor: Statement from Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police on George Floyd

Statement from Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police June 1 On a day in which our country is once again faced with an incident where the trust in law enforcement was shaken, and a precious human life was lost, the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) reiterates one of the most basic and primary tenets of our profession: the preservation of life. This concept is weaved into the very fabric...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about government control and higher education

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to comment on costs and calls for universal government funding and control of another segment of our economy, higher education. Unfortunately, college tuition costs seem to go higher and higher each year. The College Board reported in 2017 that public universities increased the cost of student tuition a whopping 213...

Jacqueline Coleman: Gov. Beshear and I committed as good teammates, to end divisive political rhetoric

As part of Team Kentucky, Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve. I wanted to govern with Andy because I believed he would deliver on the promise of unity, people over politics and civil discourse during his time as governor. Six...

Catrena Bowman-Thomas: Despite plentiful goodwill, an undercurrent of injustice — #ismysonnext?

As I look at our nation I stand in awe and dismay at the same time. I’m in awe of how the community has come together to deal with the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. So many businesses, community organizations, local governments and private citizens have banded together to help fight COVID-19. People have given of their own personal resources to help those impacted in the community, we’ve...