Charles Noble dies at 80

Charles W. Noble, 80, died October 24 in Hazard. Born in Perry County, he was a son of the late Vernon Noble and Mima Stidham Noble and the widower of Pearl E. Pennington Noble. He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Joseph William Pease; a sister, Nora; and three brothers, Rufus, John Henry and Archie. Mr. Noble was […]

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Teacher chooses Beshear

To the Editor: If you have been on social media lately, then you know we have an election on November 5 to determine the governor and other constitutional officers for Kentucky. There is much at stake and Kentuckians will have difficult choices to make. But in our great country, we are able to vote and have a peaceful transition of […]

Rules against public employees talking to the press are unconstitutional

When it comes to principles that define this nation, the First Amendment is about as bedrock as it gets. Freedom of speech is an incredibly powerful right that empowers many who might otherwise be powerless. But many of us don’t realize just how expansive our First Amendment rights are. A prime example is how many people working for the government […]

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3 of every 4 Letcher residents didn’t vote in last guv election. Let’s change that.

With the general election for governor and other statewide offices in less than two weeks, history suggests Kentucky voters will do what they always do — stay home and complain about the results in barbershops and on social media afterward. The United States was founded on the principle of one person having one vote, yet in the last general election […]

Why take baby steps with medical marijuana only, writer asks after debate

I was watching the two main candidates for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture debate on KET recently when the subject of “medical marijuana” came up. The challenger, Robert Conway, gave a full-throated endorsement to the idea that doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana in Kentucky for patients who could benefit from its use. The incumbent, Republican Ryan Quarles, who is […]

Identity politics are a dead end and a one-way ticket to defeat

In her post-mortem on Hillary Clinton’s failed candidacy, Donna Brazile noted that her students at Georgetown University truly disliked identity politics. “They thought that Hillary spent too much time trying to appeal to people based on their race, or their gender, or their sexual orientation,” the Democratic strategist wrote in “Hacks,” “and not enough time appealing to people based on […]

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Really? Now supermarket aisles are sign of racism?

My supermarket has a giant “international” food aisle dominated by Asian and Latino products. Which items end up in a section dedicated to a particular foreign culture’s cuisine and not mixed in with the so-called American staples — Heinz, Campbell’s, etc. — fascinates me. Why, for example, is Cafe Santo Domingo on a Dominican Republic shelf and not next to […]

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