• October is also time to be aware of bullying

    Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Community Columnist


    Not only is October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s also National Bullying Prevention Month.

    Bullying has been around since the dawn of time. I doubt that when Cain took that donkey’s jaw to Abel was the first time Cain had bullied his brother.

  • Flim-flam in Kentucky’s Senate debate

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    Just as we feared in this space last week, there was flim-flam in Kentucky’s only U.S. Senate debate, mainly from incumbent Mitch McConnell, but now challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is having her cake and eating it too, on a big issue that wasn’t even mentioned in the hour on KET.

  • On Ebola, we need a dose of candor

    Let’s make a deal: We’ll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts — especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — agree to get their stories straight.

  • The god that failed

    Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Todd Akin of 2014.

    Like the instantly notorious Republican Senate candidate from Missouri, Grimes has committed a defining political gaffe. Grimes’ refusal to say that she voted for President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 general elections has some of the same characteristics as Akin’s infamous rape comment: It was telegenic, mockable and universally condemned.

  • Viewing political corruption more broadly

    Lee H.Hamilton

    Director of the

    Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. “In other words,” Edsall wrote, “we were cynical already, but now we’re in overdrive.”

  • On absentee voting and Ebola readiness

    This month, I will begin visiting schools throughout the district as part of the America’s Legislators Back to School Program. My presentation includes teaching our form of government and explaining how our representative democracy works. The program is actually nationwide and is made available by the National Council of State Legislatures.

  • Looking from the outside in

    Chad McCoy

    Community Columnist


    As we enter the final days of the political campaign season, I normally find that my blood pressure goes up so much that I cannot watch any TV. Between the ads that mislead and sling mud and the allegedly independent news programs that skew everything, I find that real information, unbiased information, is impossible to find. So, this year, I have been doing an experiment and I am loving it.

  • The power of words

    By David Whitlock

    Paula Deen was in the E!News studio recently, making media rounds to promote the launch of her new subscription based online channel, the Paula Deen Network. It’s been over a year since her multi-million dollar culinary empire came tumbling down after her admission that she used a racial slur 30 years ago.

    “They (words) can be very powerful, and they can hurt, no matter how old they are,” Deen told E!News.

  • WORK MATTERS: Creating opportunities for workforce enhances a collective community

    Increasing the caliber of our community starts with a commitment to affecting the lives of individual citizens.

  • America’s stake in the Ebola fight

    Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out. The correct response should be urgent concern — not panic — and an all-out crusade to extinguish the West Africa outbreak of the deadly virus at its source.

    This is essentially the Obama administration’s strategy. But it needs to be explained more effectively to the public, and it needs to be part of a much bigger, coordinated effort by developed nations. Everyone has a stake in this. As far as Ebola is concerned, we are all Liberians.