Richard Nelson: On sexual harassment, we need a cultural assessment, and each of us must stand up

Sexual harassment and allegations of abuse by high profile politicians are dominating the news and as distasteful the details and disappointed we may be in our political candidates and leaders, we’re forced to process this cultural moment and how to appropriately respond. Where to begin? How about with empathy toward the women who’ve come out of the shadows to share their stories? It takes...

Bill Straub: Take heart! Sorry race for president finally gliding toward its ignominious conclusion

WASHINGTON – It may seem like Halley’s Comet has circled back three or four times since the beginning of the 2016 election season but take comfort, the seemingly endless campaign is finally on a glide path toward its ignominious conclusion, with both parties offering reasons for keeping their hopes alive. Coming down the stretch, Democrat Hillary Clinton maintains a precarious lead over Republican...

Commentary: Why Hillary? From close up, personal, answer is simple: She is best person for the job

This is the first of two guest columns about the upcoming presidential race, featuring personal commentaries on the top two contenders — in alphabetical order. Today: Col Owens on ‘Why Hillary?” and tomorrow Marcus Carey on ‘Why Trump’? By Col Owens Special to KyForward Hillary Clinton first came onto my radar screen in 1968. I was a junior at Harvard and was dating...

Bill Straub: Close polls show voters holding Clinton to a different standard than Trump

WASHINGTON – It’s once again drawing close to that time when, as Pete Townsend famously wrote, “I’ll get on my knees and pray we don’t get fooled again’’ Fat chance. The presidential election, now less than six weeks away, remains tight. The website FiveThirtyEight, which has proved to be the most successful prognosticator over the past few campaigns, determined in its most...

Bill Straub: Edelen, Jones try to clean up Democrats’ mess with launch of New Kentucky Project

WASHINGTON – The late Raymond Overstreet, former Republican state representative from Liberty, a beloved figure in Frankfort, used to tell the story of Little Timmy who, while chasing a ball, fell into the privy. Timmy’s mother ran out to determine the cause of the commotion and could only spot a pair of eyes looking up at her from the muck. “Lord,’’ the mother exclaimed, looking up to...

Clinton posts narrow win over Sanders in Democratic Presidential Primay; Gray to face Paul in Senate race

Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton captured Tuesday’s Kentucky Democratic Presidential Primary by less than half of one percent, topping challenger Bernie Sanders, a U.S. Senator from Vermont. With all 120 Kentucky counties reporting, Clinton had 212,550 votes compared to 210,626 for Sanders. That translated into a 46.7 percent win versus 46.3 percent for Sanders. Uncommitted...

Rural Blog: Clintons have lost Appalachia to Trump; Hillary apologizes to coal miner for jobs remark

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not enjoying the same success in Kentucky and West Virginia her husband Bill Clinton did when he ran for president in 1992 and 1996, Lisa Lerer reports for The Associated Press. The two states—West Virginia’s primary is May 10, Kentucky’s May 17—favor Donald Trump, especially in the coalfields. Hillary Clinton’s own aides “say...

Sanders plans two-day swing through Kentucky with stops in Lexington, Louisville

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday kicks off a two-day swing through Kentucky. The Democratic Party presidential candidate will host rallies in Louisville and Lexington. Sen. Bernie Sanders (Photo Provided) Sanders will discuss a wide range of issues, including getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change and ensuring...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Ten more good books for the avid readers on your shopping list (they always fit)

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist Second of two parts Are you ready to browse for entertaining new books, which seem to be more plentiful during the holiday season? I shared the first 10 yesterday. Still in time for Christmas shopping for your loved ones who are avid readers, here’s the rest of my list of recently published nonfiction books, in no particular order, with many of them highly-reviewed: –“A...

Daily Yonder: ‘If you see a turtle on a fence post,’ other things Clinton may say in Hazard

Clinton speaks in Hazard, Kentucky, July 5, 1999, as part of a national tour to promote business investment in rural communities. “I came here to show America who you are. … [T]o make a simple point that this is a time to bring more jobs and investment and hope to the areas of our country that had not fully participated in this economic recovery.” (Photo by Sharon Farmer)   Former President...

Bill Clinton to visit Kentucky for Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center event

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Owensboro March 6 to attend a fundraising reception and dinner for the Wendell H. Ford Government Education Center.   “We are honored that President Clinton accepted our invitation to come to Owensboro on behalf of the center,” said Ford, the former Kentucky governor and U.S. senator. “I’m 88 now and the center is very important to me.”   “One...

University of Kentucky alum spends career archiving history for America’s presidents

UK alum Alan Lowe (far left) is director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library being constructed in Texas. (Photos from UKNow)   By Amy Jones Special to KyForward   Every Inauguration begins a new chapter in the history books as a president is sworn into office. A UK graduate has spent most of his professional life helping archive these sorts of historical events for various presidents....

2012 Review: Our environment, wise use
of resources – important story themes

Awareness of the fragility of our environment, the importance of making the most of our available resources, and appreciating the incredible natural beauty of the place we call home – all these were consistent themes in stories you read here in 2012. Thanks to the good folks at Bluegrass PRIDE whose team, led by Amy Sohner, wrote a regular weekly column aimed at raising our collective awareness....