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The Christmas Season of 2020 brought the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. It also brought death tolls that rise every day, governments in Frankfort and Washington that cannot agree even when it seems there should be no dispute.
It's the holiday that caps a year that rivals 1918 and 1931.
This year has seen much tragedy with the COVID-19 pandemic, but at other points in our history we have seen bright moments at this time of year even in the midst of similar pain.
The Spanish Flu of 1918 killed more than an estimated 50 million of the world's population. In that year, the Armistice was finally reached to end The Great War, World War I.
But there was an exciting new toy for good boys and girls that year as well.
When the General Assembly reconvenes on January 5, 2021, Republicans will be high fiving their November wins.
That will mean hard times ahead for Governor Andy Beshear. Republican rule plus a pandemic that continues to rage out of control will put any platform plans out of reach.
When Hickman County voters pull up to the elementary school gym on Tuesday, they will be greeted by smiling students, hired for one purpose: to help them get through the voting process safely...
Seven Hickman County High School seniors, Caitlyn Toombes, Shajuanta Knox, Jenna Moore, Jason Hayden, Kadey Wilkey,and Karlie Smith wrote essays as their job applications. On Election Day, these seven student helpers will be greeting voters, directing traffic and opening and sanitizing doors and and flat surfaces. They will be reminding voters to carry in their licenses or identification cards.
Using a skill honed in the Marines, Amy McGrath is piloting herself around Kentucky in her campaign to defeat Senator Mitch McConnell.
McGrath was in Murray on Tuesday and Mayfield the week before. She will be at Kenlake Resort Park in Marshall County this Saturday at 4:30 central time for a get out the vote event with local Democratic candidates.
While audiences have been small, outdoors, masked and socially distanced, those who show up come away enthusiastic.
Clinton resident, Elizabeth Jewell, drove to Murray on Tuesday to see McGrath. "I had a few doubts about Amy at first but seeing her at the debate and in person, I had no doubt--she could be a powerful new voice in the senate" she said.
The Jackson Purchase Historical Society announced that Brian K. Clardy, Associate Professor of History at Murray State University, has received the Dr. Lonnie E. Maness Award for the outstanding article in the Journal of the Jackson Purchase Historical Society in 2020. Dr. Clardy's article, "Blood at the Root: A Historiographical Commentary on Lynching in America"
With so many others in the Commonwealth today we stand in solidarity with those feeling the frustration and outrage of yet another injustice in the case of Breonna Taylor's death at the hands of Louisville police. Assurances that the letter of the law was observed is hardly comforting when the law has been written, manipulated, and used to deny justice to persons of color in too many times and places. And once again, the opportunity to promote healing and community reconciliation has been passed over. We deplore the injuries endured by protestors and police alike, and hold in our prayers the healing of their bodies, minds, and spirits as we pray for the very soul of our nation.
...While I disagreed with Grassley on most issues, I admired his independence and willingness to part ways with the leadership of his own party. I appreciated his bipartisanship, for example, when he and Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) teamed up to limit subsidies for large farm operators.
Unfortunately, that Grassley is a relic of the past..
In a recent visit to Paducah, Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath began by telling supporters that the global pandemic is the first international crisis that no one in the world is looking to America for leadership. She accused Mitch McConnell of making America weaker.
"During the height of World War II, we were losing 250 Americans a day. We are now losing 1000 Americans a day to corona virus."
Law No. 1
The entrenchment of traditions, without compassion and or vision, suffocates the rise of educational innovation.
and on through Law No. 7
They call themselves "concerned mothers and grandparents." Others are now calling them the Ghost Battalion of West Kentucky. Old time political observers are starting to question that they may become the best chance, in the far West Kentucky, to defeat Senator Mitch McConnell in 2020.
"From 1866 to 1868 Columbus served as our regional center for the Freedmen's Bureau which had been formed to help the former slaves. Schools were set up for both children and adults, marriages were formally recognized, legal advice offered, courses and a savings bank established, labor contracts were negotiated and enforced, medical and food aid supplied, and disabled former soldiers were helped to obtain their pensions. The Union Army garrison at Columbus provided protection for both the Bureau's employees and for the former slaves from the hostility of most local whites.
But this proved to be only temporary..."
(Paducah KY) - On Thursday, Western Kentucky union leader Jeff Wiggins went to Senator Mitch McConnell's Paducah office to deliver a letter.
The Majority Leader was still in Washington working on a sorely needed compromise with the House on legislation. But Wiggins wanted to put his concerns about passage of the HEROES Act in writing in hopes staff would share with the Senator.
views of the American condition from a small town front porch
The air was cool. The day was new.
Routines of the morning hours began to set in. Black coffee from combustion of Vanilla bean and Forgers roast, teased me into thinking that life was ready to proceed into, yet another day.
As the darkness of late night receded, from the dimension of the front porch, being replaced at a snail's speed, with a subdued light, reflecting through the prisms of thousands of new raindrops, life moved forward into place. Another day was being sculptured into position.
When the Cairo bridge closes Aug. 1, a normal 5-mile drive between Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois, will become an 80-mile detour via the Interstate 24 Ohio River Bridge at Paducah. Motorists who adjust their route prior to reaching the bridge can greatly reduce the detour mileage. Portable message boards are set up at key locations to alert travelers and truckers to the closure before they reach the bridge.
Middlesboro residents are pouring out their hearts to the Public Service Commission in handwritten letters, letters typed on letterhead stationary, in form letters and emails. At this writing over fifty letters are shown on the Public Service Commission website.
They are expressing their dismay at Water Services Corp of Kentucky's (WSCKY) latest request for a rate increase.
Their plea over and over again "Please listen to the public cry of the people of Middlesboro."
It took less than 72 hours for vandals to damage Leslie McColgin's signs.
But it only took a few hours for her neighbors to repair them.
As expected, the Kentucky State AFL-CIO endorsed Democrat Amy McGrath for the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
"She has pledged her support for working people and unions and her opponent has spent his entire career in Washington trying to destroy the labor movement," said Bill Londrigan, state AFL-CIO president.
...Millions of citizen's health care is on the line, and despite the pandemic and resulting major recession, the Trump Administration and 18 Republican state attorneys general filed briefs late one night last week asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare...
A massive dust cloud from the Sahara Desert will reach the southern U.S. within a few days
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2020) - On Friday, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack warned Kentuckians that air quality in the state may be poor this weekend and into next week. An enormous cloud of dry and dusty air that originated over the Sahara Desert will move across the southern United States over the next three to seven days
Fancy Farm Picnic is the latest in a series of iconic events changed, cancelled or postponed because of Covid-19.
There will be barbecue on the first weekend of August. There will be no political speaking.
One hundred seventy nine years ago on the day after Independence Day, an auction was held on the Hickman County Courthouse steps in the county seat of Clinton. It wasn't that unusual an event, debtor properties were sold regularly to pay off creditors.
This auction was different - the property being sold was not a farm or a horse or a crop. The property was a human being.
And her name was Hanna.
Charles Booker campaign for US Senate Democratic Primary hit Paducah, KY. Sunday, June 13,
with the force of a full political storm. Within 30 minutes of speaking to a crowd of over 200, Booker
had "captured political lightning in a bottle" when his and 200 clenched fists were raised at the same time.
The United States Post Service is once again in the cross-hairs of the government that most of us persist in thinking it is a part of. It is. And it isn't. It depends on who you ask. And why you're asking.
The Postal Service suffers intermittently at the hands of elected officials that don't seem to want to ever understand or acknowledge that mail delivery is a government service. Unlike other government agencies, the VA, Health and Human Services, Transportation, the USPS is required to be profitable.
It's a "quasi-governmental" agency. That equates the USPS status to a factory floor temp - all the work of permanent employees, but few of the benefits.
(Clinton KY April 14, 2020) The story that follows are 12 of my fears for what may happen if President Trump is successful in "auctioning off" the assets and operations of the Postal System into very private corporate hands.
Many of these points have already been discussed within the past five years.
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