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Work together on military intervention

In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.”He’s right, of course. But that’s not the half of it.We live in troubled times, and over the last decade or two our milit...

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‘Doughboy’ restoration a great project

The “Spirit of the American Doughboy” statue that has stood guard at the old Rowan County Courthouse in downtown Morehead for 85 years has been relieved of his duties, but if all goes as planned, he will return to the old courthouse on Veterans Day looking better than he has in decades.After more than three years of raising money for the project, the Rowan County Veterans Foundation has raised enough funds to begin restoration of the statue. The project is being done in...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Friday, September 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 19, 1777, the first Battle of Saratoga was fought during the Revolutionary War; although British forces succeeded in driving out the American troops, the Americans prevailed in a second battle the following month.On this date:In 1...

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Obama must lead the way against ISIS

President Barack Obama stepped before prime-time cameras at the White House on the eve of 9/11 to address a fearful America. During roughly 15 minutes of his address, a four-pronged plan was laid out to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist organization ISIS.For those listening and watching closely, reluctance could be felt between the lines of the president’s speech as he committed new military action in the area he so desperately wants to exit....

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A longtime dream becomes reality

I’ve carried a dream in my heart for decades of going to Scotland. I had thought about it and talked about it so much through the years that I got sick of hearing myself and I know others probably had written it off as talk without action.How in the world could I ever afford a trip to Scotland, much less to Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales? Over the years I had tried to write books that might make enough money to pay for the trip. I had tried to sell my photography. I had...

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A walk in their shoes

I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, it pains me to see that the American dream, which so inspired me, is increasingly out of reach.As a young boy, I knew all too well the despair of empty pockets. I learned to be resourceful, making money by selling...

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Solution to ISIS beheadings

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the United States I came across an article that claimed that our intelligence community had found a document from al-Qaeda arguing that Islamic war with the United States could be successful only by bringing us to them. The largely camel driven society could never win otherwise. As I recall it was called the “fly paper trap.”Once in their land they could bleed us gradually for many years in expensive, “no win” to us, wars. D...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, September 18, the 261st day of 2014. There are 104 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 18, A.D. 14, the Roman Senate officially confirmed Tiberius as the second emperor of the Roman Empire, succeeding the late Augustus.On this date:In 1759, the French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.In 1793, ...

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Campaigns obscuring the truth

LEXINGTON — If there was ever a week that this space needed to cut through the crap and clutter of Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, this is it. The facts and the truth have never been so obscured by the artifice, spin, stonewalling and discipline of the campaigns — and the largely unimportant things they would rather talk about than the real issues.But even so, the latest episodes tell us something about the candidates.

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Fire Goodell for handling of Rice case

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote his own pink slip with his inexcusable handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.NFL owners should fire Goodell for how poorly he served their multibillion-dollar industry. His actions betrayed the faith that NFL fans — especially women — have in the league and in Goodell’s running of it.A stunning series of events makes it clear that Goodell, who drew a $44 million paycheck in 2012, has no...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, September 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On September 17, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II, more than two weeks after Nazi Germany had launched its assault.On this date:In 1787, the Constitution of the United States was completed and signed by a majority of delegates attending the Constitutional Convention...

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Tri-Cities invited to ‘Stand at the Cross’

The Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO) is planning a unique and massive prayer walk on Nov.8, titled “Stand At The Cross.”The prayer walk is being planned to take place at noon off exit 141 and I-75, near Caryville, Tenn., where the group will make their way to one of Jim Potter’s 100-foot crosses which welcomes travelers to Tennessee.SIGCO represents nine East Tennessee counties spreading from Hawkins to Scott and Fentress who are fighting Tennessee...

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Mounting silver to fight ISIS

When I was a child I never got tired of watching the television program The Lone Ranger. He always rode in on his white horse Silver to save the dayMost Americans are sick and tired of watching the Middle East drama about Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Few Americans want to go to these God forsaken places and chance survival. Yet, already we have several hundred boots on the ground and we are sending more to organize Iraqi troops.

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Restoring freedom to information

Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque language in the law to keep records that might be embarrassing out of the public’s hands forever.

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Funding cuts hurt WHO’s ability to quell disease

Were it not for horribly misguided Islamic religious fanatics in northern Nigeria and tribal Pakistan, the World Health Organization might have been able to eradicate polio this year. And in fact the organization and its health care allies have succeeded in eliminating rinderpest, a disease affecting cattle that is deadly serious if you live in rural parts of the world where your existence depends on cattle.

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Columns

A longtime dream becomes reality

I’ve carried a dream in my heart for decades of...

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State helps ark park defy science

When Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” was...

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Letter to the Editor

This being the Fourth of July, I felt led to share my...

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