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“I've always been different with one foot over the line / Winding up somewhere one step ahead or behind / It ain't been so easy but I guess I shouldn't complain / I've always been crazy but it's kept me from going insane” –Waylon Jennings “I’ve Always Been Crazy”

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When the Show-Me State, Missouri, petitioned the United States to become part of the Union, it became part of what’s most logically known as the Missouri Compromise. That was in 1819, and Maine shortly thereafter pursued its desire to join the Union.

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I love random small things that bring a smile to my face. These types of things aren’t necessarily big enough that I want to run out and tell other people about, but they’re little confirmations that the world isn’t as ugly as some people suggest it is.

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On May 29, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, the House’s version of the Farm Bill. Community Farm Alliance does not support H.R. 2 because it fails basic responsibilities of providing a safety net for farmers and the food insecure.

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The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a religious freedom victory to a Colorado baker who’s been through the legal wringer ever since he declined to bake a cake for a gay wedding in 2012. SCOTUS deftly sifted through the narrative that Jack Phillip’s bigotry led to unjust discrimination against a protected class. As the facts emerged, so did a distinct aftertaste of religious discrimination from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

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It’s unofficially summer, but I’ve definitely gotten into the summer mode.

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When chills suddenly began running up and down his spine late one afternoon, old man Luke suddenly looked up and thought he saw an old skeletal figure outside his window carrying a large scythe and clothed in a hooded black cloak — Death, who he thought was about to knock on his door.

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I had a conversation this week with a policeman about the state of law enforcement.

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In September 2016, Attorney General Andy Beshear initiated one of his most significant, if least publicized, legal battles. To preserve the statutory authority of his office in resolving open records disputes, Beshear intervened in a circuit court action pitting the University of Kentucky against its student newspaper. The issue before the court was the newspaper’s right of access to records documenting allegations of sexual harassment leveled against a professor who, following an investigation, was permitted to quietly exit the university under the terms of a comfortable settlement.

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It’s been two years this week since many of us lost a personal hero when Muhammad Ali left us. His legacy is rich, not only as perhaps the greatest athlete who ever lived, but also as a warrior against injustice.

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Occasionally, an opportunity demands we do something for the first time. In some situations, this may be a solo accomplishment. These “firsts” are often memorable events, and can sometimes be a bit stressful.

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Every time a holiday comes around like Memorial Day, I get asked the question of what I'm doing on my long weekend. My response: "What's a long weekend — actually what's a weekend?"

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Morris got a bounce for his buck but it wasn’t the kind of bounce he anticipated. He paid a buck to bounce on a trampoline at an amusement park and while going up was a snap, the real snap occurred when he came down. He missed the trampoline completely and the snap he heard was his arm breaking.

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According to science, the temperate season known as summer comes upon us at the time of maximum solar irradiation — the power of the sun’s electromagnetism. This year, that occurs on June 21 in the northern hemisphere, specifically at 10:07 a.m. when earth’s axis tilts 23.44 degrees toward the sun.

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The primary election is over and I’m excited to see politics take a backseat in the news and social media for a minute. There is, however, one thing I am going to miss about the past election season and that’s the daily search through town for Darryl Baker at intersections, street corners, parking lots and local events.   

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We’re living in the age of outrage. Some are outraged at our current president, Donald J. Trump, and others are outraged at his predecessor, Barack Obama, and the president’s 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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Jefferson County Public Schools is facing serious challenges. Achievement gaps are still far too wide, many schools are overcrowded, and there is legitimate fear that too many students are falling further and further behind.

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Out of sight, out of mind? I guess that’s what NFL franchise owners are hoping for. Earlier this week, owners approved a “compromise” in the divisive issue of players kneeling for the national anthem to draw attention to the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police.

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The Senate is working with President Trump to secure significant accomplishments for the American people, from combating the opioid epidemic to providing the largest year-on-year increase in defense funding in 15 years. However, there’s one key issue I want to especially highlight because it can set our nation on the right path for generations to come. It’s the Senate’s successes in confirming President Trump’s highly-qualified nominees to serve as federal judges.

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The Reverend Smith was a well respected minister who was so conservative that he knew more about the next world than the one he was in. Notwithstanding, when a young female member of his choir got a job singing in a night club — where the tables were reserved but not necessarily its booze drinking customers — the Rev. Smith decided to go hear her sing. What he didn’t count on, however, was the “Devil” — a newspaper reporter sitting a few tables behind his — would spot him immediately and write about his presence in the night club the next day.

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Yanny or laurel? This is one of those things that everyone takes a side on and defends it vehemently. Like Coke or Pepsi. “Tastes great, less filling.” Or just about any political race you can think of.

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“I'll be there to protect you / With an unselfish love that respects you / Just call my name, and I'll be there.” –Mariah Carey “I’ll Be There”