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Ron Daley: As the country faces coronavirus pandemic, getting to the truth proves a tall order

This past April Fools’ Day encouraged me to reflect on my two decades of publishing the Troublesome Creek Times in Knott County and harken back to a time when my readers believed what they read or saw in other news outlets. We “Baby Boomers” grew up watching and trusting the words of Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw and Harry Reasoner among others on the three networks. Those days have passed during...

Bill Straub: Something isn’t exactly clear; layers of wrongdoing were peeled back, but truth didn’t matter

When Stephen Stills penned the lyrics to “For What It’s Worth,’’ declaring, “There’s something happening here but what it is ain’t exactly clear,” he certainly had no reason to believe the expression would remain pertinent 53 years later. Certainly, the present situation differs from what was occurring in 1967. Stills wrote his timeless song at a time of mounting protests aimed...

Constance Alexander: Speaking up, speaking out, speaking the truth even when it hurts

Last week in Murray, about a hundred twenty citizens showed up for a town hall discussion about plans for expansion of the Calloway County Public Library. The same night, close to a hundred people gathered at the Market House Theatre in Paducah for “Democracy & the Informed Citizen,” a statewide project to encourage civil discourse, focused on the novel, “All the King’s Men,” by Kentucky...