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Mike Farrell: With so many things off track, including #MeToo, the question is — what’s our character?

The #Me Too train has run off the tracks. Please don’t misunderstand me. I have always believed in the equality of women. In my 50-year career, I have worked for two women, both of them skilled and intelligent leaders. I learned loads from them. I am revolted by the Harvey Weinsteins of the world who use their power and position to demand sex from young women seeking acting jobs. If he is as guilty...

Mike Farrell: It’s New Year’s Day; time for resolutions — as in, what are you doing about freedom?

What would New Year’s be without the Rose Parade, college football, and, of course, New Year’s resolutions? Resolutions and New Year’s are almost synonymous. But many of us would not feel obligated to make these pledges of self-improvement if we had eaten fewer Christmas cookies or reined in our gift buying. But alas, we didn’t. Resolutions, according to history.com, are 4,000 years old, all...

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...

Mike Farrell: Kaepernick’s motives for taking-a-knee have been lost; find them — and find solutions too

Colin Kaepernick’s message has been overshadowed by storms of protest, by social media blasts back and forth and now by an advertising campaign by one of America’s commercial giants. Could we rewind the tape to the 2016 NFL preseason? The then-San Francisco quarterback took a knee during the pregame National Anthem. Others around the league soon joined him. Kaepernick said it was a protest against...

University of Ky media adviser Chris Poore honored by alma mater for contributions to Journalism

By Mike Farrell Special to KyForward Chris Poore, media adviser for the Kentucky Kernel, has chalked up another award for his efforts. Western Kentucky University’s (WKU) College Heights Herald honored Poore, a WKU alum, with its 2017 award for outstanding contributions to journalism. The award was given Saturday, Oct. 14, during the 67th annual Student Publications Homecoming Breakfast at Bowling...

Legendary sports announcer Enberg to deliver Gidel-Lombardo Lecture at UK Wednesday

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward He has been the voice of nearly every major sporting event for decades ­— eight Super Bowls, nine Rose Bowls, the World Series, Wimbledon and French Open tennis tournaments, the Ryder Cup, the Breeders’ Cup, the Masters and U.S. Open golf tournaments, and on and on. Fourteen national Emmy Awards grace his trophy case. He’s a member of the National Sports...

Scripps Howard First Amendment Center seeking nominations for 2017 James Madison Award

By Mike Farrell Special to KyForward The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is looking for a Kentuckian who is a champion of the First Amendment. The center in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky is requesting nominations for its annual James Madison Award. The award, created in 2006, honors the nation’s fourth president,...

Nominations sought for annual James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment

The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is again seeking nominations for its annual James Madison Award. The award, created in 2006, honors the extraordinary efforts of the man who worked diligently for the passage of the Bill of Rights, which includes the guarantee of freedom of speech and of the press. Director of the center is Northern Kentucky’s Mike Farrell, former managing editor of The...

Mike Farrell: How about a rational discussion about Supreme Court appointment, the two-step process

The country now has had an opportunity to mourn the death of Antonin Scalia, who served his country for nearly three decades as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. It is time to have a rational discussion – devoid of hyperbole, hysteria and hypocrisy – about what should happen next. The Constitution is clear: The president of the United States, during a four-year term,...

Wanted: a Kentuckian who champions the First Amendment, transparent government

  The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at the University of Kentucky is requesting nominations for its annual James Madison Award to recognize a Kentuckian for outstanding service to the First Amendment. The award, created in 2006, honors the nation’s fourth president, whose extraordinary efforts led to the passage and ratification of the Bill of Rights.   The Madison Award recognizes...

Mike Farrell: 150 years later, Lincoln’s life, death still cast a long shadow on history

Shown in the presidential booth of Ford’s Theatre, from left, are assassin John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris and Henry Rathbone. Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865 and day the following day. (From Wikimedia Commons/Unattributed; based on the depiction from a mechanical glass slide by T. M. McAllister of New York, c1865-75)   It was a lovely spring day –...

Mike Farrell: 150 years later, Lincoln's life, death still cast a long shadow on history

Shown in the presidential booth of Ford’s Theatre, from left, are assassin John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris and Henry Rathbone. Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865 and day the following day. (From Wikimedia Commons/Unattributed; based on the depiction from a mechanical glass slide by T. M. McAllister of New York, c1865-75)   It was a lovely spring day –...

Pikeville’s Paul Keaton going to National Spelling Bee competition for second time

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   “Foreordained.”   Incredibly, this was the word that earned Paul Keaton, an eighth grader from Christ Central School in Pikeville, his second consecutive University of Kentucky Spelling Bee win Saturday.   He will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., representing the UK Spelling Bee, sponsored by Kentucky Utilities,...

Mike Farrell: Freedom must be defended by the truth, often at great risks to journalists

Most Americans take great pride in the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But the promise of a press free from government intervention doesn’t ensure physical protection.   And it certainly doesn’t provide safety beyond our shores.   The pattern of members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria kidnapping Westerners and the reports of their slaughter of innocent...

Scripps Howard First Amendment Center takes applications for James Madison Award

Kentucky New Era opinions editor Jennifer Brown, left, and publisher Taylor Hayes are pictured at the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center event. Brown was the 2013 winner of the James Madison Award. (Photo from UK)   By Beth Barnes Special to KyForward   Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are two of the linchpins of American democracy. The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in...

Mike Farrell: Reflect not only on the precious blessings of liberty but also on the price paid

The words still echo somewhere in the back of my head, almost a half-century since I first heard them: Freedom isn’t free, freedom isn’t free, you gotta pay a price, you gotta sacrifice for your liberty. As we celebrate Independence Day, the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, it is important to reflect not only on the blessings of liberty but also on the price of that liberty....

Mike Farrell: So many lawsuits in courts over religion because faith so important to many

Prayer is an important element in the lives of people of faith.   Most faiths have their own practices, but they essentially involve a way to communicate with that faith’s deity. For a follower of Jesus Christ, prayer is a means of thanking God for what He has given His children and laying before Him their requests. Followers of Islam pray very publicly often, praising Allah.   For me,...

Mike Farrell: Silencing people instead of promoting public debate diminishes freedom

College graduation marks the completion of four (or more) years of intellectual growth and preparation for a career as a citizen of the United States. It is designed as an occasion to celebrate.   That education, one would think, would result in a growing appreciation of the meaning of freedom of speech. The ability to discuss important issues, whether they are related to life lessons or government...

Kentucky Spelling Bee champ Paul Keaton
keeps it in the family, headed to national

University of Kentucky School of Journalism director Beth Barnes, right, presents Paul Keaton, grade 7, of Christ Central School in Pikeville, with the Spelling Bee’s first place award. (Photo by Adam Pennavaria)   By Erin Grigson KyForward intern   Paul Keaton, a seventh grader from Christ Central School in Pikeville, won the 2014 University of Kentucky Spelling Bee, following in the...

Kentucky Spelling Bee champ Paul Keatonkeeps it in the family, headed to national

University of Kentucky School of Journalism director Beth Barnes, right, presents Paul Keaton, grade 7, of Christ Central School in Pikeville, with the Spelling Bee’s first place award. (Photo by Adam Pennavaria)   By Erin Grigson KyForward intern   Paul Keaton, a seventh grader from Christ Central School in Pikeville, won the 2014 University of Kentucky Spelling Bee, following in the...