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Donald Saelinger: We are America divided and that cannot stand; we must find common ground

“United we stand, divided we fall” is a phrase that can be traced back to the 6th Century B.C. American extremism has grown to epidemic proportions and divides us into rigid camps: Democrat vs. Republican, pro-choice vs. pro-life, progressive vs. conservative, black vs. white, and even Pro-America vs. Anti-America. What has happened to compromise and respect for each other? Subgroup division...

Senate passes bill requiring Kentucky cities to cooperate with federal immigration officials

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation requiring state and local authorities to cooperate with federal immigration officials passed the Kentucky Senate on Tuesday. The measure, known as the Federal Immigration Cooperation Act, would ban the creation of sanctuary cities in Kentucky and forbid local governments from enacting ordinances that would allow them to refuse to cooperate with federal agencies. It...

This Week at the Capitol: Immigration, public assistance reform highlight busy opening week

There’s always a guessing game among Capitol observers in the early days of a Kentucky General Assembly session over which issues will be designated as Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1 – honorifics reserved for matters considered to be among top priorities by legislative leaders. Part of that answer was unveiled last week when legislation on immigration was filed in the Senate as Senate Bill 1. The...

Bill Straub: Ah, the memories of George Wallace’s yesteryear revisit KY in Bevin, Cameron campaign

Return with us now, for a moment, to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when Alabama Gov. George Corley Wallace, whose face, a witness once observed, resembled a clenched fist, stood before the state capital in Montgomery to declare “in this very heart of the Great Anglo-Saxon Southland’’ — “segregation today . . . segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever.” It was Jan. 14,...

Al Cross: Bevin resorting to scare tactics on immigration in ad designed to appeal to Trump’s base

On Sept. 9, Gov. Matt Bevin accused his opponent for re-election, Attorney General Andy Beshear, of using a “scare tactic” by running a TV ad alleging that Bevin’s “education cuts” could leave some communities without schools. Bevin had a point. But a week later, he started an ad of his own that is nothing but a scare tactic – a base, simplistic appeal to fear of immigrants. This, from...

Bill Straub: Bevin has high-flying aspirations; loves taxpayer-owned airplane, fending off immigrants

Give Gov. Matt Bevin credit. His highfalutin aspirations are frantically taking him from local embarrassment to national laughingstock. Say what you will, but the man we lovingly call St. Matt the Divine of New Hampshire continues to display grand ambitions. And there appears to be no bottom to the depths he’s willing to plunge to achieve whatever nasty goal he sets. St. Matt’s inanity consists...

Constance Alexander: A nation that went to the moon should be able to solve today’s complex problems

Families got a package deal on tonsillectomies when I was a child. At least that is how it seems to me as I reflect on my experience. I was the one with constant sore throats and upper respiratory infections. My older sister Jeanne had none of those complaints, yet we had our tonsils out at the same time. Daddy stayed home from work, and my mother made us dress in church clothes, white gloves and...

Brandon Porter: Lack of respect for others has consequences; contributes to societal problems

We tend to compartmentalize our lives. Our heads ache, yet we don’t consider the small amount of sleep we’ve had this week. We feel sluggish, but have forgotten about the donuts we finished off a few hours ago. A spouse or friend seems distant, and we have no memory of the harsh words we spoke to them yesterday. Life has more connecting points than we realize. Porter We can also find connecting...

Community Farm Alliance: Defeated Farm bill failed to provide safety net, immigration solution

By Laura Peot Stevens and Bree Pearsall On May 29, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, the House’s version of the Farm Bill. Community Farm Alliance does not support H.R. 2 because it fails basic responsibilities of providing a safety net for farmers and the food insecure. Stevens (left) and Pearsall Ironically, the bill failed not because...

Jenny Minier: Any immigration policy must recognize the value immigrants bring to the economy

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was implemented by President Barack Obama to grant temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, as long as they are enrolled in school or working. Given President Donald Trump’s recent decision to end DACA, Congress must work on a policy solution that will allow the nearly 800,000 “Dreamers” currently...

Rick Robinson: Trump calls for deportation of Anchor Pandas; other candidates weigh in

Note: We have been noticing how every time Donald Trump says something absurd, each campaign somehow feels obligated to respond. KyForward contributor Rick Robinson found this recent story confirming the theory.   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has called for the immediate deportation of two pandas born this weekend at Washington’s National Zoo. While the two babies have...