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50 years later: letter from a Birmingham jail

By Rivera Sun On April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was sitting in a stark jail cell in Birmingham, Ala., where he had been arrested for engaging in…

Ray Gill: A lifetime of learning overcame lack of formal education

By JoEllen Black, Publisher of the Richmond News As we drove the roads of Ray County in his economical and fuel-efficient Ford, Ray Gill provided instruction on the new channel…

Never turn your back on a toddler

By Jason Offutt Never make direct eye contact with a baby. Don’t take that statement lightly. If you’re not a parent you don’t understand the repercussions of staring at a…

A presidential race never smelled so bad

By Jason Offutt This year’s presidential primary is, you know, wow. Wow, wow, wow. I could go on for about 500 more wows and I’m sure many of you would…

Judge selection: How the game is played

Guest Column By Jim Redwine Democracy may occasionally resemble a food fight but it is more palatable than rule by oligarchy. Or, as John Milton (1608-1674) put it in Paradise…

‘Safe spaces’ mean First Amendment not safe

By Jason Offutt It was the “safe space” movement on college campuses that tipped me off the world was coming to an end. At least the world as we know…

Taking on the cyber bullies in their backyard – on the World Wide Web

By Clemente Ferrer A 13-year-old Irish teen has a message to the world. Luke Culhane has created, produced and edited an excellent anti-bullying campaign, where he is also leading actor.…

Before you reject the system, understand it

By Lee H. Hamilton If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up…

Jason: Mom, this one’s for you, and me

By Jason Offutt The box tormented me. It sat on U.S. 71, an orange or strangely colored grapefruit printed on the side. The box was in the middle of the…

Letter: Not much right about Amendment 3, which would impose testing-based teacher evaluations in state

To the Editor There are so many things wrong about state Amendment 3, this permanent change to our state Constitution. • Financially, the amendment will force school districts to spend…