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Bill Straub: The Theater of the Absurd as poor Mitch keeps getting understood perfectly for plain-speaking

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has spent so much time backing-and-filling over the past few days that he could have sailed halfway around the world by now. Ask him how it tastes to eat crow and he’ll be obliged to tell you, “Tastes like chicken.” The Louisville lawmaker caused an uproar on Monday, spilling over into Tuesday, after issuing a statement all but ordering his longtime...

Billy Reed: What a difference a week makes as we learn the depth of our intolerance for free speech

Last Monday, our nation was reeling as never before from the double whammy of a violent attack on our nation’s Capitol building, which had shocked us only five days earlier, and the continuing escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic, which was claiming lives every day. In Kentucky, the president of the Senate, a Republican named Robert Stivers, delivered an emotional speech that caused him to break...

Constance Alexander: Fahrenheit 451 sparks programs about literacy, public libraries, free speech

For a man who wrote stories that make spines tingle and raise hairs on the back of the neck, author Ray Bradbury was a just a regular guy. Sure, he had a fabulous imagination and earned worldwide renown, but his beginnings were humble, his tastes simple, his education unique. “I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library,” he said, “and it’s better than college....

Capilouto condemns Ransdell’s remarks, says UK no place for ‘peddlers of poisonous views’

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the University of Kentucky celebrated its annual Constitution Day – an event required by all publicly funded universities to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees. One of those freedoms – the right to free speech – was put to the test, however, when U.S. Senate write-in candidate Robert Ransdell...