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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Teachers’ union president says charter schools a drain on public schools

Charter schools would be an option for parents seeking the best educational fit for their children, most proponents believe. But those who oppose charters believe the schools will suck money from an already financially strapped public school system. Last week I spoke with Wayne D. Lewis, board chairman of the Kentucky Charter Schools Association who […]

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Mustering the courage to change our world

One World Film Festival is hosting a free showing of the film Red Tails at the Kentucky Theatre in honor of Martin Luther King Day. The film is about the courage and perseverance displayed by the Tuskegee Airmen before, during and after World War II. Though many in authority doubted their abilities, black pilots, navigators, […]

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Obama’s community college proposal could help Kentucky

I couldn’t believe the ­proposal from President ­Barack Obama last week didn’t get more traction. Obama said he wanted to offer two years of community college free to adults who want to improve their chances of getting a ­better job and earning higher wages. Who among us who have paid mightily for those first two […]

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Charter schools: inside the debate

After successfully avoiding the debate on charter schools for many years, I’ve decided it is time to find out what all the fuss is about. I plan to talk with proponents and opponents of charter schools as well as an unbiased third party. My goal is to gather enough information to form an opinion. I’ll […]

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Community embraces Wild Fig

Is this what community is all about? On Dec. 27, The Wild Fig Bookstore was broken into. Usually that notice would be relegated to agate-size words in a newspaper or a two-sentence filler during a slow TV news day. But that bookstore is more than just any old bookstore because its owners are more than […]

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Karate instructor with old school values has a waiting list for his classes

With his steely stares, deliberate movements and no-nonsense persona, Charles Fields doesn’t seem like the type of man children would flock to. Nevertheless, there is a waiting list of admiring young people and their grateful parents eagerly wanting a cherished spot in his karate class. Fields, a semi-retired licensed electrician, has been teaching martial arts […]

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Could black and white churches merge and prosper in Lexington?

On Jan. 4, the financially stable Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., merged with the struggling Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park, Fla. Churches do that all the time. But what’s different in this scenario is that Shiloh’s 8,000 members are predominantly black and Ridgewood’s 600 are mostly white. Shiloh is acquiring Ridgewood, and […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Class helps families support mentally ill loved ones

We often hear about the “holiday blues,” a condition some people experience around this time of year. Usually the blues are a sense of sadness that is temporary and caused by stress, loneliness or an inability to meet society’s ideal of a joyous holiday celebration. The National Alliance on Mental Illness notes that for those […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Baptist church’s mission a blessing for others

At Total Grace Baptist Church, members are asked to do something kind for strangers. It could be paying for the next customer in line at a drive-through, or something as simple as giving a compliment. “That is the culture we try to create in the church,” said Pastor Michael Robinson. “It could be anything, anything […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Now is the time to confront wrongs and create diamonds

Years ago, I was a member of an intentionally multicultural church. The minister himself was biracial. In that setting, you would assume we all were in agreement about racism and its negative effects on people in these United States, and our need for reconciliation. For the most part, we were. But a fellow white member […]