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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Violence dims hope of achieving American Dream

I’ve been waiting for someone a lot smarter than I am to come up with a solution for the rash of murders, shootings, robberies, home invasions and unsettling violence that has made headlines in Lexington. That’s when I will dive in, I said, and give all my energy to help with the cure. But if […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Free play about Alzheimer’s seeks to make us more aware

Garrett Davis wrote the play Forget Me Not as a tribute to his grandmother who died of Alzheimer’s disease when he was in college, and to all the family members who cared for her. It is an urban theater play, the genre in which Tyler Perry became famous, that shows the funny, sad and frustrating […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Reunion set for volunteers, staff and students of Family Care Center

When former Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler learned I wanted to talk with him about the Family Care Center, he didn’t wait for my call. Instead, he called me to repeatedly say how proud he is of the program he and former Commissioner of Social Services Barbara Curry and Jean Sabharwal, then-director of the city’s Early […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Home Builders starting two-year apprentice program

The Home Builders Association of Lexington is looking for a few good men and women who want to become skilled workers in the construction industry. Starting in September, classes for carpentry and for heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology will be held in the evenings at the new Building Institute of Central Kentucky, a school […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Counseling service struggling to survive

While it has increasingly become a familiar story, news of yet another valued non-profit losing its funding still packs a surprising wallop. The Family Counseling Service, which was founded in 1900 by then Lexington Mayor H.T. Duncan to “investigate and aid distressed children and families in the community,” may have to close its doors because […]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Technical college wastes no time in hurdling barriers to employment

Dametrius Drake faced a lot of barriers before he enrolled in the Building Trades Technician program at the College for Technical Education in 2012. He was an ex-offender returning to an unwelcoming society from prison, with child support payments due and a lot of idle time. Historically, that is not a recipe for success. But […]

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Intolerance facing child immigrants is disturbing and familiar

As angry protestors shouted, “Go back home,” and “We don’t want you here,” three Homeland Security buses were turned away from entry to the U.S. Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif., on Tuesday. Onboard were about 140 undocumented children and some parents who had crossed our country’s southern borders illegally. The scene played out over […]

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Berea College, author show diversity of Appalachia

Lexington author Crystal Wilkinson was recently named the Appalachian Writer-in-Residence at Berea College. I know it doesn’t seem like that big a deal. Authors serving as writers-in-residence are a common occurrence. But Wilkinson, who is black, will serve as the Appalachian writer-in-residence. That designation is a hat-tip to all the black people who have made […]

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

New boss of alumni shows UK evolution

When Elaine Adams Wilson graduated from Dunbar High School as valedictorian, she received a “Scholastic Achievement” pin from the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. She would rather not tell us what year that was. Nevertheless, on July 1, several decades after receiving that award, Wilson will become the first black person to serve as the […]

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Indian racial slurs are never a ‘badge of honor’

My son, a die-hard Washington Redskins fan, said it is time for that National Football League team to let go of its name. And he said so on Facebook. That would be a major step, but it’s one that seems to be gathering momentum now that the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has canceled […]