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Robert Byrd remembered by a youngin’

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This week Congress bid farewell to Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving member. Byrd began his services in 1952 as a Representative before moving to the Senate six years later. He served the country this way for 51 years.

His service record is long and distinguished with both blemishes and boasting points. However, for those in my generation, in their 20s, Byrd might be written off as just another old white man making his own decisions for the country. Sometimes cynical, a friend of mine scoffed and remarked just because he spent a lot of time in Congress doesn’t mean he deserves so much praise. My friend didn’t detract from his accomplishments, but spoke on the point of his wavering voting record – first filibustering against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and supporting the Vietnam War, but then criticizing the Iraq War and then backing Civil Rights. Byrd even spent some time around the Ku Klux Klan, which he later called a “sad mistake.”

Being someone who does not appreciate intolerance of any kind this instilled in me a little bit of a bias against Senator Byrd. After some consideration, and peer discussion, we realized the difference between a sly flip-flopper and human adaptability. With every decision being scrutinized, it’s easy to harshly categorize politicians because of their voting record. Byrd’s change in heart and mind was something I don’t see in many politicos these days.

The thing I respect the most about Senator Byrd is that he admitted his mistakes and was not afraid to reconsider actions very publicly, instead of adhering to them due to pride or party pressure. This is a characteristic many national, state and city politicians and yes even we citizens can learn from. Sticking to conviction while continually adapting when situations change – this is what I’ll remember about Senator Robert Byrd.

Written by Bec Feldhaus

July 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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The Front Page [07-02-2010]

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Today’s edition of our weekly news magazine. Enjoy!

The difficulty with the BP boycott
Murray, KY ~ Workers trying to clean up after BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill will tell you that when petroleum gets into things like wetlands and coastlines, it’s hard to get out. But how hard is it to remove from the lifestyle of the average American? And what if you’re among those boycotting BP, how effective is just staying away from the gas station? Is it even possible to escape the reach of petrochemicals?

Solar energy in the TN gubernatorial race 
Nashville, TN ~ Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen has placed big bets on the alternative energy table, particularly in the area of solar technology. The candidates running to replace Bredesen say they plan to maintain the focus. Nashville Public Radio’s Blake Farmer reports.

Graves’ Secession to Affect Purchase District Service 
Mayfield, KY ~ On the heels of layoffs and budget cuts last year, the Purchase Area Health Department is losing one of its biggest members. Graves County is opting out of the region effective this week. Chris Taylor takes us on a tour to the Graves County outfit and finds out how their withdrawal will affect the remaining membership and those who rely on it.

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Written by Chris Taylor

July 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm

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morning cram [flying telescope edition]

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“NASA has begun operating a flying telescope powerful enough to record the birth of distant stars and planets.”

~NPR looks through the lens.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s Riverfront Development OKs the Executive Inn demo contractorsNeed a job? Owensboro has 500 opening up. A Henderson plant pays $200k for air pollution. Ballard County jurors acquit a Missouri man on DUI/assault charges. A Hopkinsville drive-by sends a man to the hospital.  State department heads are told to brace for $35mil in cuts. Help is here for those denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville passes a tax incentive to develop the former hospital site on Madison Street. The feds will allow hospitals to pay fees and avoid TennCare cuts.

ILLINOIS~ A shooting in Cairo leaves 1 dead. Honeywell/Union negotiations are suspended until the end of July. The Gov signs a budget that cuts spending.