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Friday, November 7th, 2014

Two nonprofits that will get my help at holidays

It has to be difficult to run a nonprofit organization this time of year. The donors who have blessed the organization throughout the year are highly sought-after during the holidays by other agencies just as desperate to make their clients or participants happy around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Because those groups are so passionate about what […]

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Many aging residents could use a few basic gifts

We are nearing the time of year when the wants and needs of children direct our emotional and financial actions. That’s fine. But I would just like to tweak that a bit. If you notice that the children in your life have an abundance of loot, consider not buying one or two items on their […]

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Woman who inspired ABC-TV’s ‘Scandal’ speaking at UK

I’ve had to watch videos of the first season of ABC’s hit political drama Scandal in order to understand how powerful Judy Smith must be. Olivia Pope, the main character in Scandal who is played by Kerry Washington, was fashioned after Smith who, for more than two decades, has been stamping out ticklish kerfuffles and […]

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Candidates forum for the underserved

Sometimes the Kentucky candidates who are vying for elective offices on the federal level seem to think I am overcome with worry about President Obama’s “war on coal,” or about losing my right to walk around Walmart with an AR-15. And if not those two pressing issues, they seem to think I lose sleep at […]

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Mr. Bills has his day at Yates Elementary

Gene Bills, 76, wasn’t very happy Wednesday morning. A faithful volunteer at Yates Elementary School, Bills had been called into the school by Principal Twanjua Jones for “safety training.” “He said, ‘I don’t know why I have to go to mandatory safety training at 9 o’clock on my day off,’” said Bills’ wife, Joyce. “I […]

Monday, October 20th, 2014

We have more pressing issues than Ebola

My husband was hospitalized a couple of weeks ago for knee replacement surgery. During his recovery, I spoke with a native Nigerian at the hospital who was more than a little put out about the coverage or lack thereof of the Ebola virus outbreak on her native continent. While the spread of Ebola in Nigeria […]

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Let’s stop fighting for equity in our public schools and make it happen

I am a longtime fan and admirer of Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund, which she founded in 1973 to improve policies and programs for children. I am in awe of anyone who can stomp on flames that never seem to burn out. How long can anybody do that? When the Fayette […]

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

New leader at Nathaniel Mission feels ‘blessed to be a blessing’

To me, the cluster of metal warehouses at 1109 Versailles Road looks like a huddled mass of aluminum. To the Rev. Kathy Ogletree Goodwin, it is a campus on which people of various cultures and stations in life can soon find disciples doing God’s work. Goodwin, the newly appointed pastor and chief executive officer of […]

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Superhero Runs help give worthy kids the advocates they need

I wondered why a growing number of Court Appointed Special Advocate programs in the U.S., including Lexington, were hosting Superhero Runs to raise awareness of, and money for, work that their volunteers do so quietly and effectively throughout the year. And then I read this in the news release about the event: “Superman was adopted. […]

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Black women breastfeed less than other moms

When my niece was pregnant three years ago, she insisted on being cared for by a nurse midwife, and she was just as adamant about breastfeeding her son when he was born. I loved it, but it did surprise me a bit. My niece had researched giving birth and nurturing her child and found that […]