"Dry County Blues"

Jul 15, 2012

Local musician and Murray State graduate student Kirk Raper felt a bit of a culture shock when he moved from the Nashville area to Calloway County and found that the closest place to buy packaged alcohol was across the state line. This inspired him to write a commentary in the form of a song, titled “The Dry County Blues.”

Please note, the views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

There’s never a bad time to travel, but the summer is a good time to start! Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on the the joys of international travel and recommends Murray State students and staff consider the various programs offered by the university.

A Kentucky Congressman wants to change the Constitution to effectively overturn the Supreme Court on political speech. But is that a good idea? Commentator and researcher Caleb Brown of the Bluegrass Institute says if you care about freedom of the press, everyone’s speech should get equal protection.

Celia Brewer

Local commentator Celia Brewer will commemorate the 112th birthday of her father on June 30th.

Brewer is a writer who lives in Mayfield. She wishes we all lived in a kinder, gentler world.

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Dr. Zackery M. Heern, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Murray State University, gives some historical insight into Islam and Egypt's first presidential election.

What happens when a regional cable service changes hands? Not so much, according to commentator Constance Alexander.


May 31, 2012

Local commentator Celia Brewer says that, whether we like it or not, the concept of counting is a fact of life.

Scott Ellison says fishing ranges from so-so to fairly good depending on what you’re trying to catch.

On May 9th, Barack Obama made history and headlines, becoming the first sitting president to openly support gay marriage. As expected, media outlets jumped on this announcement, a contentious social issue with favorability weighing almost an even split for and against in the polls. Commentator Richard Nelson argues that overall media coverage appeared bias, praising Obama for his “evolution” on the issue, without considering the other 50 percent or so who disagree on the issue. In his commentary, Nelson takes the opposing view and argues that the right recipe for marriage should include God in the mix.

Please note: Commentaries political in nature are solely the opinions of the commentator and do not necessarily reflect the views of WKMS or its staff.

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At Murray State University, summertime is marked by graduation, and excellent parking in the weeks and months to follow. Elsewhere in the Four Rivers Region, it’s marked by sunny weather, long days, and exciting prospects for all that “free time.” It’s all about time, says commentator Robert Valentine, not summertime – but rather the value of time in the summer and how it is spent.