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Protesters say America’s criminal justice system is unfair. It is.

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America’s Founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

With all the talk and ink being spilled on the issue of the Civil War statues in the South being taken down, it’s worth a glance at history to see how folks like Jefferson Davis might have felt about it. The symbols of the old Confederacy come down hard and late these days. The proponents of…

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New York Times/Siena College has Democrat Joe Biden at 50% and Republican President Donald Trump at 36%; CNN has Biden at 54% and Trump 36%; Fox News has Biden at 50% and Trump at 38%.

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Across the nation, the coronavirus has highlighted issues in our food supply chain, our reliance on foreign countries for medical supplies, and the difference between strong, data-driven leaders and weak ones.

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The economy is reopening. Consumer spending increased by almost 18% last month, sending the stock market soaring. That’s the good news. The bad news is that with no COVID-19 vaccine or cure on the horizon, consumers have not fully resumed their prepandemic activities, and they might not do s…

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Most of the time, helping the people of our community navigate state government is one of my favorite parts of being a legislator. While the Kentucky Constitution does not grant legislators any direct authority over an executive branch program, I am often able to help cut the red tape and ge…

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The word “Juneteenth” may be a new term to many, but the Mayfield community embraced it in full Friday. And it was another step, we feel, in a long process of racial harmony throughout our community and country.

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Well, the 140-year streak of the St. Jerome Fancy Farm Picnic will not be broken by a global pandemic.

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In the nine presidential elections between the 1952 victory of Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush’s 1988 win, just two Republicans won the White House: Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. One man was indispensable to the winning campaigns of these two very different Republicans. His name…

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Things have been touchy lately. Chalk that up to being an understatement. So far, 2020 has ushered in a global pandemic, historic unemployment, guidelines on being around friends and neighbors, fear and anger.

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History can be cruel. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., who was unquestionably America’s most prominent prophet and practitioner of nonviolence, was followed by riots, arson and looting in 168 American cities and towns.

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Here we are again, sadly, for current events in our nation are pushing me to address where we are as a people. I am currently reading “White Fragility” by Robin Di Angelo, who is a white person. Her premise is that we white Americans are so “fragile” that we cannot talk about our complicity …

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The text alert arrived with a call to action. I needed to verify with my data breach monitoring company that a cable company had my permission to check my financial background, allowing me to consider them as a streaming entertainment provider.

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We have seen a lot of heroes in the past few months and heard about a lot of heroes in the past few days.

While Congress has rightfully provided relief for families and businesses affected by a government-induced economic shutdown, now is the time to focus on reopening the economy and getting back to a normal way of life. Our nation has been crippled by this economic downturn; it’s time get seri…

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W PSD Local 6 is proud to serve this community, providing our viewers a lifeline during times of crisis, and the news, information and entertainment they rely on every day. And like all local broadcasters, our programming is free to viewers, available with an antenna. We are always on and al…

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A s we continue to fight COVID-19, it has been so encouraging to see the outpouring of support from our community for our incredible staff members here at Jackson Purchase Medical Center. We have always strived to be a place where you choose to come for healthcare, and we take our responsibi…

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An economic crisis such as the one dragging behind this quarantine like a heavy, unbreakable chain squeezes an entire state, revealing or magnifying the true condition of its economy along with the competency — or lack thereof — of its political leadership.

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An American politician can help herself politically by being able to believably use self-deprecating humor, which sends a clear message: “I am not pompously self-important or thin-skinned; I do not take myself completely seriously.”

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Gov. Andy Beshear missed a golden opportunity to demonstrate that he’s personally walking the COVID-19 walk as well as talking the talk concerning the need for Kentuckians to hunker down at home and the commonwealth to shut down its economy with the exception of what he deems “essential” services.

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Our nation was founded on the unique principle that individuals acting in their own self-interest would overcome the greatest of challenges while keeping government power in check.

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It’s heartening to hear Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., take a stand against using COVID-19 relief dollars to bail out public pension systems in states — including the commonwealth he represents — which have failed to enact long-needed reforms.

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Somebody close to President Donald Trump could, in a burst of candor, tell him that he does not know everything to be known about the history of the filibuster in the United States Senate — or even the origin of the infield fly rule in Major League Baseball.

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I lived in central Illinois for 15 years where I served as the senior pastor of a church in Peoria. In the early days of my ministry there, Native Americans were protesting the presence of Chief Illiniwek at the University of Illinois.

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This weekend’s weather isn’t expected to be as nice as last weekend’s. Highs both Saturday and Sunday are to be in the mid-60s with storms forecast for Easter. Today, actually, looks to be the nicest day of the weekend with sunny skies and high temperatures around 60.

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COVID-19’s spread, which doesn’t stop for anyone or anything — including for legislators’ constitutional duty to pass a budget determining how state revenues will be spent — is forcing a very different spending plan than the one envisioned by many when this General Assembly session began.

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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, families, businesses and healthcare providers are facing unprecedented tough times. However, during these trying times I’m encouraged to see the strength exemplified by communities across the nation to support each other and heed warnings.

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Last week, Kentucky farm families celebrated “National Agriculture Week,” but as you can imagine, our annual celebration was quieter than usual, given our on-going fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. As I talked to members of the media and neighbors to promote the celebration, they b…

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We’re reminded during COVID-19 that the beauty of this un-commonwealth isn’t limited to its majestic mountains, picturesque horse farms and flowing rivers.

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When Kentucky’s first cluster of COVID-19 cases emerged in rural Harrison County, The Cynthiana Democrat newspaper took immediate action to help keep its community informed. The weekly paper, which has two reporters, published a special section with essential information on the novel coronav…

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There were greeters. There were ushers to show you to your place. There was music. There was prayer. And there was preaching.

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Following news of Kentucky’s first confirmed coronavirus-related death earlier this week — a 66-year-old Bourbon County man with underlying health issues — Gov. Andy Beshear closed dine-in services at restaurants and bars across the state. The order took effect 5 p.m. Monday.

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As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease.

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The infamous “sewer bill” that brought scorn to Kentucky legislators a couple of years ago apparently taught no lessons on transparency.

When I was elected Attorney General, I committed to putting every resource I have behind our core mission to protect Kentuckians and defend the Commonwealth. In my estimation, there is no greater purpose or requirement of government than the protection of its citizens.

In the months of February and March, Kentuckians across the Commonwealth will make their annual trek down to their county clerk's office to renew farm license plates, or as members of Kentucky's agricultural community call them "ag tags." When farm families visit with their county clerk this…

Marijuana as medicine is moving in the Kentucky legislature but before we jump on the bandwagon, we should make sure we are using the same definitions so that we don't talk past each other.

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 that Marsy's Law is bad for victims and wrong for Kentucky.

Hard-working people in middle and rural America are under attack from all corners of our country these days. No matter where you turn, actors and politicians are consistently misinforming people about the basics of agriculture and belittling working families across the nation.

Every February, we celebrate Black History Month because of the efforts of a Berea College graduate, Carter G. Woodson. Woodson was a prominent African American scholar and historian who started his higher education career as a part-time student at Berea. From there, he went on to receive de…

In communities across Kentucky, substance use disorders have taken a tremendous toll. Every day we are confronted with new data, reports and headlines that remind us of addiction's staggering ripple effect.

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I struggle with Lent, the period of spiritual reflection between today - Ash Wednesday - and the Thursday before Easter. I didn't observe Lent growing up as a Baptist churchgoer in my hometown. I was likely exposed to it in college when my friends who were of other faiths would come to class…

With spring training just around the corner, I've got baseball and boards on my mind. Expectations are high along the river in Cincinnati Redsland at Great American Ball Park - visible from Northern Kentucky - where owner Bob Castellini has dug deep into his pocket to shell out $166 million …

I was walking out of my house the other day, and I spotted a dime lying on the sidewalk. It was in clear sight. The walkway runs right next to where the cars are parked, and it is used all of the time. I started to reach down to pick the dime up, but I abruptly stopped. I was getting a diffe…

No one asks to be a crime victim. For many, the experience is the worst situation they will ever face. And for some, it is also their last.

Republican legislators representing rural districts across Kentucky who want to support school choice but fear possible backlash from bureaucrats who run school districts back home received some stout political cover from President Trump in his State of the Union speech.

The Tariff Man has done it again. President Donald Trump recently announced that he will expand import taxes on American consumers of auto parts, nails and other goods made in the United States with steel and aluminum. Apparently, untaxed imports of these metals put our national security at risk.