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12:10 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Commentary: Book burning and verbal bombs at home and abroad

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – On March 20, Florida pastor Terry Jones held a self-styled mock trial in which he burned a Quran at his church in Orlando. The desecration sparked a wave of protests in Afghanistan, which left dozens dead. Commentator Richard Nelson says the book burning is troubling, but pales in comparison to the violent response overseas, where the freedom of speech and the right to articulate opinions are not respected.

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1:01 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Commentary: Ending the exploitation of women

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – Last month, Senate Bill 9 - also known as The Ultrasound Bill - and several other pro-life measures that would strengthen the Kentucky's abortion laws were struck down by the Health and Welfare Committee. Commentator Richard Nelson says the denial of ultrasound informed consent treats Kentucky women as second-class citizens.

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10:44 am
Fri February 18, 2011

Commentary: Ultrasound Bill casts glimpse inside abortion debate

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – UPDATE: According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Senate Bill 9 and three other measures were struck down in the House Health and Welfare Committee yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. Advocates of the bill decry the liberal-leaning committee, which consists of 10 Democrats and 6 Republicans. Representative David Floyd, who added the abortion measures to the bills, believes if they were put up to a full House vote, more than 60 members would pass the measure.

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11:27 am
Fri November 12, 2010

Commentary - Beware the Jabberwock: Tea Party and Small Government

Constance Alexander

Murray, KY – On November 2nd, Kentucky Republican and Tea Party flag-bearer Rand Paul won the Commonwealth's vacant U.S. Senate seat. The first-time candidate and Washington outsider championed small government in his campaign and emphasized businesses and entrepreneurs take a stronger role in job creation. Commentator Constance Alexander takes issue with this stance, citing herself as an example of the success of Government assistance.

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3:06 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Commentary: Sensitivity police's war on honesty claims another victim

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – Last week, NPR terminated the contract of Senior News Analyst Juan Williams, due to remarks made on The O'Reilly Factor that were inconsistent with NPR's editorial standards and practices. The action has since sparked a national debate over the issues of political correctness and the freedom of speech. Commentator Richard Nelson says the sensitivity police's war on honesty claims another victim, furthering the divide between the political right and left.

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12:36 pm
Fri August 27, 2010

Judicial Overreach and the Democratic Process

Richard Nelson

Murray, KY – The issue of marriage and equality is in the news again after a California judge overturned the controversial Proposition 8. In Kentucky, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the ban on Ten Commandment displays in county courthouses. Commentator Richard Nelson says both decisions were left to a single or small group of judges rather than being open to the democratic process. For contentious issues like these, he proposes judges show restraint, not overreach.

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4:31 pm
Fri July 23, 2010

Commentary: "Speech rights harmed when Court bars Ten Commandments"

Richard Nelson

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3:51 pm
Wed April 28, 2010

A poem for the 2010 Kentucky Legislative Session

Murray, KY – The Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up its 2010 legislative session recently, but failed to accomplish its primary goal of crafting a state budget. Commentator and Poetry Minute producer Constance Alexander reflects on the state of Kentucky through a poem of her own.

Legislative Session, 2010 (with apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer and in Honor of April, National Poetry Month)

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8:26 am
Fri April 16, 2010

UPDATE: An open letter to President Obama on global nuclear security

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – On Thursday, April 8th President Barack Obama and Russian Federation President Dimitri Medvedev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, signaling a change in relations between the two countries. Commentator and History Professor Doctor Brian Clardy writes this open letter to President Obama about the future of nuclear weaponry and global security.

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4:18 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

Commentary: Crisis and Opportunity: President Obama and Sino-U.S. Relations

Dr. Brian Clardy

Murray, KY – During the 2008 presidential campaign, then candidate Barack Obama promised a change in U.S. approach to foreign policy. Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy believes the president has since been instrumental in creating positive transformative efforts, but says the overall status and tone of U.S. - Chinese relations will be the single most tenuous foreign policy dilemma the Obama Administration will face.

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