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Letter to Editor: Debra Graner celebrated Beshear’s inauguration, hopes for restoration of voting rights

Dear Editor, Watching in inaugural paradeToday, I stood in the cold for hours at Andy Beshear’s inauguration because I believe in democracy, and I’m really proud of his win and what it means for the future of Kentucky. I worked hard with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth to get him elected, making phone calls and talking to people on their doorstep. But I couldn’t vote for him. I hope his...

Ron Daley: Are we losing our democracy in the nation and in Kentucky? What’s wrong and how do we fix it?

It took nearly 200 years for the great experiment created in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to become a true democracy. After 232 years America is losing elements of its democracy. The question remains will our nation and the Commonwealth of Kentucky keep their democratic framework? Historians point out that many of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention had serious reservations...

Businessman and Kentucky alumnus Bruce Lunsford donates $1 million to UK for scholarship program

By Jenny Wells-Hosley and Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky University of Kentucky alumnus and successful Kentucky businessman Bruce Lunsford has pledged $1 million to establish the W. Bruce Lunsford Scholars Program in Citizenship and Public Service at UK. The program will support dynamic learning opportunities for students that emphasize citizenship, democracy, public service and government affairs. The...

Mike Farrell: To truly honor veterans, we must change — and all be good soldiers for better government

Veterans Day gave Americans an opportunity to reflect on the service so many have given in defense of this country and the ideal we call freedom. Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty that marked the beginning of the end of World War I. Woodrow Wilson campaigned for re-election in 1916 on the slogan “He kept us out of war,” but he was unable to live up to his platform...

Lewis Donohew: Real conspiracy is simple fixes for complex problems

I have a relative I won’t identify who doesn’t trust government, no matter who is in power, and who leans toward Tea Party solutions to our country’s problems. He is a high school graduate and a very successful businessman who thinks newspapers – conventionally printed or online – are biased, and only trusts certain sources on the Internet, plus the right-wing commentator Glenn Beck.   He...