A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Constance Alexander: Communities benefit when their workplaces are accessible and inclusive

When Carrissa Johnson sends me an email, I pay attention. As Satellite Office Manager of Murray’s Center for Accessible Living, she champions causes affecting people with disabilities and shares valuable information associated with this often overlooked and under-employed group. The other day she forwarded an announcement about a free screening and panel discussion of an important film, “Bottom...

Constance Alexander: Early cancer detection, affordable health care matter to all women

She stood on the porch of her trailer, hugging herself against the autumn chill. The scarf coiled around her head, turban-like, was splashed with purple, fuchsia, and rivers of green. Her hands fluttered to straighten the scarf and check the swell of its silken knot, as I pulled into the gravel drive. “You found me,” she called. Her directions had listed a few landmarks on a winding country road...

Constance Alexander: Murray not resting on its laurels; focus group examines needs of disabled

Make no mistake. Murray, Ky., has rightfully earned every kudo it has received. No token distinctions on our community resume. From Kentucky’s Friendliest Hometown; to Playful City, USA; to #1 retirement community in the nation; to the home of MSU, highest ranked comprehensive university in Kentucky, Murray-Calloway County sets high standards for itself and has a variety of awards and recognition...