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Lexington’s Family Care Center celebrates 30th anniversary, still blazing innovative trail of work

A facility that was considered ground-breaking when it opened in 1989 is still blazing an innovative trail today as it celebrates its 30th anniversary of work with parents and young children. “The Family Care Center helps families with young children achieve greater stability and resilience. One of its priorities is working with young parents who may not be quite ready to be parents,” Mayor Linda...

Al Cross: Welcome, Derby visitors, to Kentucky; here’s a brief introduction to the political landscape

Welcome, Derby visitors! This column continues our longstanding tradition of giving folks who are in Kentucky for the big race, and those looking at Kentucky news media online, a snapshot of our current political landscape. We’re in the middle of a race for the Democratic nomination for governor. It’s our first contested Democratic primary for the office since 2007, an indicator of how the party’s...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Eleven recently published nonfiction selections for your spring reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist This is the first of a two-part series about recently published nonfiction books. —“Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From The Best In The World” by Timothy Ferriss (Hougton Mifflin Harcourt, $30) is a 598-page hardcover that contains life lessons and career guidance from today’s top performers or achievers from around the world, revealing the wisdom...

Jamie Vaught: Tales of Baylor football scandal, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump head fall reading list

With the fall season upon us, here is a list of recently-published nonfiction books that you may enjoy reading in front of the fireplace.  “Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football’s Sexual Assault Crisis” by ESPN investigative reporters Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach (Center Street, $27) is arguably the most comprehensive literary effort about the sport’s...

Bill Straub: Trump’s handling of Comey, Russian investigation no joke — it’s a developing tragedy

WASHINGTON – Rep. James Comer, quickly earning his lackey credentials as he soars toward the top of the Republican’s party-before-country charts, has a rather provocative theory about President Trump asking now former FBI Director James Comey to lay off the Russia investigation – The Donald was displaying his inner Henny Youngman. It’s possible, according to the Tompkinsville Republican, that...

Bill Straub: Given yet another chance to be a statesman, McConnell chooses party over country

WASHINGTON – A few months back, when word about the Trump administration’s all-too-close ties to the Kremlin started percolating, Sen. Rand Paul clearly stated what has come to pass as the Republican Party’s unofficial position on scrutinizing President Trump’s often disturbing activities. Fahgetaboutit. “I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation,...

Jamie Vaught: Summer nonfiction reading include looks at Reagan, Nixon, Hillary … and the Cubs

This is the first of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books that you may enjoy during your free time this summer. ​​– “Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero” by Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano (Simon & Schuster, $26) is the story of a complicated baseball celebrity who was very private — an intimate portrait of one of the nation’s...

Bill Straub: Trump’s tent didn’t expand the GOP electorate; it’s white voters who are the difference

WASHINGTON – To be honest, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live any longer. The only thing that will keep me up that late watching television on a Saturday night is a ballgame that goes into extra innings. But I’m certainly familiar with the show, going back to its original broadcast with George Carlin as host in 1975. Like anything that has been around that long it’s had its ups and downs. ...

Jamie Vaught: Potential summer reading includes looks at Summitt, Reagan, 2016 presidential run

Summer vacation is just around the corner and most of us are planning relaxing trips to the mountains or beach. With that in mind, here is a list of recently published nonfiction books that you may enjoy.   — “The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt” by Maria M. Cornelius (University of Tennessee Press, $29.95) is a story of Summitt’s final coaching season in 2011-12 through...

Bill Straub: Focusing on results and not the theatrics, McConnell thinks Trump is doing just fine

WASHINGTON – It took that great philosopher, John Matuszak, to sum up in a single thought what makes America great. Back in the late 1970s, early ‘80s, the Oakland Raiders were truly nothing more than a gang of outlaws and Matuszak, the team’s standout defensive end, was the most notorious of them all — the Al Capone of the silver and black. On the Sunday of Super Bowl XV in New Orleans,...

Bill Straub: Trump’s volatile first two weeks — a word of advice — better steel yourself and get used to it

WASHINGTON – There comes a time in the affairs of man, as W.C. Fields once put it, when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation. Now is such a time. Things aren’t going to get better, at least for four years. No, the situation will not improve over a few months. Hoping that the administration of President Donald J. Trump comes to a screeching halt through resignation, impeachment...

Poll: ‘Merry Christmas’ offensive to few; Trump voters more concerned about ‘war on Christmas’

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back “Merry Christmas” and end the backlash of people being pushed to use alternative greetings or risk offending someone, Christopher Ingraham reports for The Washington Post. But a survey by Public Policy Polling shows that people are far less offended by “Merry Christmas” than some might think. The survey of 1,224 registered...

Bill Straub: McConnell again placed party above country following election interference by Russia

WASHINGTON – It was some time in early 1987, as I recollect through the haze of almost 30 years, and I was seated across from Sen. Mitch McConnell in his well-appointed quarters in the Russell Senate Office Building conducting an interview. After just two years on Capitol Hill, the Louisville Republican had managed to snare a highly coveted seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and he...

Bill Straub: Frustrated Trump supporters weren’t simply angry — they wanted revenge

WASHINGTON – The first presidential election I participated in was 1972, shortly after those aged 18 to 21 were granted the franchise. Republican Richard Nixon, the incumbent, was running for re-election just as the Watergate scandal was beginning to gurgle, still attracting little attention from the public at large. Fifteen Democrats, ranging from former Vice President Hubert Humphrey to Hawaii...

Rural Blog: Obama says Democrats need to improve efforts to win in rural areas of country

In his first news conference since the election, President Obama said Democratic candidates need to do a better job of campaigning in rural areas, Jessica Taylor reports for NPR. He didn’t mention Hillary Clinton but said, “We have to compete everywhere. We have to show up everywhere. I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa. It was because I spent 87 days...

Bill Straub: Despite Trump’s domination of the white vote, turnout doomed Clinton in the end

WASHINGTON – It might seem an odd time to cite Jesse Jackson at this moment, but I remember covering an address by the reverend back in the day, maybe during his 1988 presidential campaign, when he closed with this message, barely audible amid the applause and cascading amens: “We have come so far,’’ Jackson said, “and have such a short way to go.’’ Well, it seems the long journey Jackson...

Trump routs Clinton in Kentucky, keys Republican wins in Congressional races, state House

Spurred by a decisive win by Donald Trump in the presidential race Tuesday, Kentucky Republicans swept to historic wins in the 2016 election. Trump was declared the winner in the presidential race over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely an hour after the polls closed in western Kentucky. He was drawing 62 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent for Clinton. Kentucky’s results...

Decision Time: Tumultuous 2016 presidential election will finally decide the long Clinton-Trump debate

By Gail Hairston Special to KyForward One would have to be isolated to the point of sequestered to escape the tumultuous presidential campaign between Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. Tuesday, finally, the nation chooses. Kentucky Election Day Guide Before the results are recorded for posterity, three University of Kentucky political scientists and one historian...

Commentary: The American Church’s new mission? Maybe it’s about healing and reconciliation

By Peggy Hinds Special to KyForward With the election only one day away, my thoughts have turned towards what is next. For more than a year we have been bombarded with campaign ads, vitriol and divisive rhetoric. This election has brought out the worst in us, leading to protests, defamation, even violence. The Church has not been immune. We have been called on to support one political agenda or the...

Important lessons learned as students at Garrett Morgan Elementary choose new mascot

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward This fall’s election at Garrett Morgan Elementary was fierce but friendly as the children voted among their final three candidates: wolf, elephant, and fox. In the end, the Wolf Pack won out as mascot of the new school. “We wanted students to be part of the selection process. This was not just about picking a mascot but about democracy,” said Principal Sarah...