The Commonwealth of Kentucky, in its cities and rural areas, join the nation in grieving. The decision not to indict the officers for their role in the death of Breonna Taylor has rekindled civil unrest sparked by the feelings of injustice based on a victims race.
I am a relative newcomer to Kentucky, having moved here from Louisiana 29 years ago. My wife’s family has been in Hopkins County for more than 200 years. I am the descendant of a Confederate veteran.
Even as many people hope for critically necessary financial support for struggling hospitals across the country, this next coronavirus relief package represents perhaps the best chance to address a critical issue facing rural America that has been magnified by the pandemic: the devastating s…
This pandemic has brought many questions to my desk — questions that range from the seriousness of the virus, to conspiracies, schools, masks, and many other issues. The answers to those questions seem to change almost daily, so I want to give you some of my thoughts.
In 2018 every day, 128 people died after overdosing on opioids. The total economic burden from the opioid epidemic, only with prescription opioids, was $78.5 billion per year.
I don’t think any of us could have imagined what has transpired over the last week. The coronavirus has not only plagued the world as a public health pandemic, but it has very quickly devastated our economy and upended our normal business and daily routines.
As Novel Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) continues to spread in the commonwealth, I would like to thank everyone for doing their part with social distancing. Social distancing helps to flatten the curve of contagion so that medical facilities and staff are not overwhelmed and can appropriately han…
This week is Sunshine Week, an initiative to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information. The annual week of awareness has been coordinated by the American Society of News Editors since 2005.
Someone once jokingly suggested that all one needed to join a particular church was a professed belief in God ... and ownership of a 9-by-13 casserole dish.
From pats on the back for a job well done to kicks in the rear for dropping the ball, the role of a community newspaper is as wide ranging as it is important to the vitality of the area and the readers it serves.
The final edition of the weekly Select TV Entertainment Magazine will publish in the Saturday, Feb 22 edition of The Messenger. This weekly tabloid publication contains entertainment features such as movie reviews, television show synopses, and daily prime-time listings for local cable and a…
At Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Paducah, there is a tombstone with my name on it. On the same marker is the name of my bride, our birth dates and the Sept. 14, 1968 date we became one in marriage.
Part of Mom’s kitchen canister set was a vessel appropriately labeled “Grease.” To the surprise and perhaps dismay of many, I survived a childhood wherein my innards were coated by the maligned substance derived from fried animal parts.
FRANKFORT – On the first Saturday in May each year, the Kentucky Derby captures the attention and fascination of the world and creates special moments that will long be remembered. The Derby is truly unmatched as a sporting event and spectacle. A brief hush precedes the opening of the starti…
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With his shocking dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump is propelling the presidency into rarely traversed territory.
From my first days representing Kentucky in the U.S. Senate, I pledged to fight back against the Obama administration’s war on Kentucky coal, which imposed suffocating regulations on our hardworking miners and their families.
When Muslim extremists attack, we often hear they were “radicalized” by watching videos, listening to speeches and engaging in social media that fueled their fears and resentments.
Success in politics flows from four virtues: goal setting, planning, patience and teamwork, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s just-released memoir “The Long Game” (Sentinel, 278 pages, $28), which details the perseverance required of Kentucky’s longest-serving Senator to…