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Distinguished journalist David Hawpe, retired editor of The Courier-Journal in Louisville and lifelong Kentuckian, shared his thoughts on the major challenges facing his home state as he led a panel discussion at the recent Summit on Philanthropy held in Lexington. Many who have gathered here today have no doubt about what the major challenges facing […]
Gray skies and drizzling rain set a grim backdrop. The constant voices on the radio were nothing more than background noise until Officer Eric Taylor told me we had a call. After that, I listened more closely and eventually understood some of the unfamiliar speech patterns and terminology during my recent ride-along with police. […]
Kentucky has a fascinating heritage when it comes to public unity. Everyone knows the Commonwealth was home to both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Today, different debates occupy the minds of average Kentuckians, such as UK vs. Louisville, wet vs. dry counties and urban triangle vs. rural heartland. Ask folks what’s needed to grow […]
The Republican victory in the battle to control the Senate elevates Kentucky’s senior Senator, Mitch McConnell to the position of Majority Leader, a very big deal. While the final spread is still to be determined due to a December 6 run-off in Louisiana, what is the importance of Republicans gaining control of the Senate? […]
My friend Gary Webb loved fast cars. In fact, judging by the number of speeding tickets he accumulated during his tragically short life, it’s fair to say he loved fast cars a bit too much. He loved rock music. He named his first born son Ian after Ian Hunter, front man for a pretty good […]