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Beginning Tuesday, September 14th, when you click on www.westkypolitics.org you will be directed to www.westkyjournal.com. The changeover, planned and prayed over for a year, has been a long time coming. We had originally hoped to be online by the Fancy Farm Picnic, but the 100 degree heat sucked the marrow from our bones.

We discovered that the learning curve gets a bit steeper when one passes sixty. The techs at Bondware, our web host, have labored mightily to get us to where we need to be.  The old saying about old dogs not being able to learn new tricks is not true. Old dogs can learn. It just takes longer.

Our dream here at WKJPI for the past year has been to expand our coverage of far western Kentucky to areas of general interest. We have come to what Ivan calls “the realization of local geography.” Even though we are surrounded by talk of globalization, we live in small towns.  Small towns can be defined as a borough of New York, a neighborhood in Louisville or a county seat in Kentucky. Each has its own special character, its own charm and its own attractions. Our small town are the small towns, the moderately sized cities like Paducah and big towns like Murray and Mayfield. There is much to see and do even in wide spots along county roads. One just has to look.

Ivan and I believe that we all need to learn as much as we can about where we are. Between wars, natural disasters and economic mood swings, we lost the first decade of the twenty first century. It’s time to come up for air and take a good look around.

In the past few years, we’ve learned that there is more to life than politics. Having grandchildren helps.

Our plan for the new site is to go from a for art to z for zither concerts and look for everything in between.  We are excited to begin to study education in all its forms from pre-K to graduate schools.  

For those of you reading this with alarm and reaching out to delete us from your favorites – rest assured - we aren’t leaving politics completely. The study of governance and the political process is an integral part of who we are and we frankly think we are pretty good at it.  We won’t stop watching Frankfort and Washington. While they may take little interest in us, we are like tiny mammals in a world ruled by dinosaurs. It’s awful easy for us to get stepped on and wiped out if we aren’t always on alert. 

We will also be focused on folks in our communities that are leaders, whether they have the title or not. Leadership matters. We’ve seen great leaders spin gold from straw for their towns and counties. We’ve seen the opposite, too. Often it just takes watching to predict whether they will produce.

The Western Kentucky Journal of Politics & Issues will not be gone. We’ve arranged with our website host to archive the 1500 plus stories posted on the site over the past four years. Our exclusive photos will also be archived. Use the search function on the new site to access the stored content.

We’ve enjoyed millions of hits since we went live over four years ago. For that, we thank all of you. At the risk of sounding like an ingénue at the Oscars, you’ve kept us going. Neither of us writes for our own edification – or each other’s! What we say online we could easily say to each other over breakfast and forego the painful editing process of reading aloud in search of interesting synonyms, taming wildly vacillating verb tenses and deciphering garbled syntax. We have tried to write about topics that interest, inform and educate our readers. Like every other effort in life, sometimes we got it right and sometimes we didn’t.  

We hope the new website will be a place you visit often. It looks enough like the old site to be as familiar as a front porch. We will be sending out newsletters again, since many of you forget to check in without an emailed “poke.” We’re adding back in the calendar for events in your area, more photos and yes, we’ll have advertising on the site. As West Kentucky Journal Politics & Issues becomes “West Kentucky Journal,” we invite our friends to visit, sit a spell and join the conversation.  

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