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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 […]

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Special-needs kids need special adults to give foster care

At the end of May, Crystal Curry of Nicholasville took a week’s vacation partly because she needed alone time and partly because she needed to do some soul searching. For three months, Curry served as a foster parent for a 13-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder. She had quit her job as a pediatric medical […]

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Ferguson stirs local civil rights activists

Lamin Swann believes his grandfather would be proud of him for joining protesters and community organizers in Ferguson, Mo., who don’t want the recent killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer ignored. Swann is the grandson of the late William C. Parker, a former vice chancellor of minority affairs at the […]

Monday, August 25th, 2014

NAACP program gets families ready for kindergarten

I hated parent-teacher conferences. Hated them. I never got a sense that the teacher really knew who my children were or anything about them. For example, when we moved back to Lexington in 1983 from Memphis, my daughter and I lived in the Northern Elementary School district. In Memphis, my daughter was in an advanced […]