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Bill Straub: Which side are you on? Who you going to believe? Sounds like the start of a sad song

There’s an old labor song emanating out of the Harlan County Wars of the 1930s, popularized by the great Pete Seeger, that posed a simple question: Which side are you on? As the impeachment proceedings against President Donald J. Trump, aka President Extremely Stable Genius, aka President Great and Unmatched Wisdom, rumbles onward it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the Republican majority...

Bill Straub: The whole world is watching the ‘dive’ but that’s the way it is in McConnell’s world

America hasn’t witnessed a dive like this since Sonny Liston kissed the canvas after that infamous “phantom punch’’ from a young Muhammed Ali up in Lewison, ME, in ’65. And, just as then, the whole world is watching. Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell, of Louisville, has made it crystal clear that, regardless of whatever information comes to the fore, the...

Bill Straub: Where is the line drawn on reprehensible conduct? After Sondland testimony, where is honor?

Well, it’s beginning to look like Trump was quite prescient when he declared during his successful 2016 campaign, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” That bold statement apparently can be extended to the Republican members of the Senate, who have exhibited absolutely no enthusiasm for convicting and removing a president who has...

John Schaaf: White House defense suffers from lack of teamwork; let witness testify to what they know

The impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives has moved into a new phase in which witnesses are testifying publicly in front of the House Intelligence Committee and being questioned by members of both political parties. However, the White House has tied one hand behind its back and is not putting its best witnesses forward. If this was a basketball game, it’s like one team keeping...

Kentucky Artisan Center presents new exhibit by internationally-renowned artists Powell, Sandoval

A new exhibit recognizing internationally known Kentucky artists Stephen Rolfe Powell and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval was announced this week by the Kentucky Artisan Center. As innovators in their respective fields, both Powell and Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats. A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held on Sept. 9...

Henry Clay High School senior adopts ELL Camp at elementary alma mater, provides needed support

In a clever example of paying it forward, a rising senior helped support a summer program at his former elementary school. When Joseph Craven, who is in the Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay High School, contacted the Family Resource Center coordinator looking for an opportunity to volunteer at The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek, she paired him with July’s ELL Camp. The grant-funded, two-week...