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Richard Tofel: Seeking ‘significant possibilities,’ ending ‘uncivil war’ two themes from Biden’s speech

It’s become a ProPublica tradition for our president, Richard Tofel, who wrote a book on President Kennedy’s inaugural address, to offer an instant analysis of such speeches. Here are his thoughts on Joe Biden’s inauguration. If President Joe Biden’s inaugural address was drafted more than two weeks ago, it was certainly rewritten after the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6. Biden’s setting...

First-time Kentucky Disaster Relief worker overwhelmed by ‘heart-opening’ experience

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Carrie Fondaw’s first experience as a volunteer with Kentucky Disaster Relief wasn’t just eye-opening. It was heart-opening. The 54-year-old Benton woman had longed for an opportunity to work on a mission with DR volunteers, but her health had kept her from doing it. A pituitary tumor had caused uncontrollable weight gain and led her to be wheelchair-bound in most...

Wes Irvin: Offering hope and advice for others recovering from similar serious health challenges

Over the last seven years, I have been on a medical journey that has unfortunately taken me away from many folks who I still miss working with on a daily basis in Washington, D.C. I’m sure many of you have wondered if I just fell off the face of the earth. Well, I have fallen along the way many times, and this journey has been a rollercoaster in every sense of the word, but I remain thankful to...

Tim Hanner, his own story: A second transplant, staying positive, embracing many lessons learned

Second of two parts Educator Tim Hanner shares his story in his own words — a story of the journey through discovering his kidney disease and two transplants, a journey of love and kindness and gratitude, a journey of friendships, family and faith, a journey of reflection, acceptance, and strength. And, when all is said and done, it’s the story of a life embraced and well-lived.The Reality...

Analysis: Americans are relying more on faith in time of pandemic; faith provides comfort, fellowship

By Jan Hillard Special to KyForward While most American houses of worship were shuttered in response to COVID 19 (over 90% of churches nationally), their congregations, as well as others, say their faith is growing daily. In times of threat and uncertainty, it is of course understandable that faith provides comfort and fellowship to many. A national, representative survey released in April by the Pew...

Bill Straub: Where should the public invest its faith? Trust has always been the American way

The late Jimmy Breslin, my hero, said it succinctly: “You’re supposed to be despised.” Breslin was, of course, referring to newspaper reporters, that constant target of critics who complain that they are either paying inadequate attention to a critical subject or they’re paying too much attention to a trivial matter. Regardless, it’s true that reporters are always poking their collective...

Marshall Allen: I am a journalist and a Christian; both the ministry and muckraking serve a higher cause

This story was co-published with The New York Times and ProPublica. More than a dozen years ago I was a finalist for a reporting job at a small newspaper. All I needed to do was survive an interview with the top editor. The other editors warned me, saying their boss took perverse pleasure from smashing the hopes of naive reporters. I braced myself as he studied my resume. His lips curled into a sneer. To...

Where Are They Now: ’79-’82 ‘Cat Bo Lanter following entrepreneur path to F5 STRONG

Former University of Kentucky Basketball player Bo Lanter has started F5Strong, a sportwear line. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Bo Lanter is a born entrepreneur. He exhibited his entrepreneurial spirit early on when he left the Midwestern State University basketball team in 1978 after his freshman year, having decided he would take his chances as a walk-on for the University...

Gena Bigler: We need ‘thanksgiving’ and chance to learn gratitude as healthy for us

Thanksgiving is more than food and football. It is an opportunity to take stock and recognize all the good in your life, including the food and football. Most Americans will enjoy a decadent meal, then rest and watch a shiny big television and never realize how lucky they are to enjoy both.   When practicing gratitude, Americans have a deep well to draw from. In America we are very lucky to...