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EDITOR'S NOTE: We got this from Lt. Col. Gene Nettles, U.S. Army retired, who lives in Fulton County, as far west as Kentucky goes.

EDITOR'S NOTE FROM BILL LONDRIGAN, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president: "We need to keep the pressure on McConnell.   We need to keep calling 866-832-1560 to McConnell’s office and tell h

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The skies darkened right on cue at 1:22.

When the sun disappeared over Paducah, the cicadas, which usually croon toward dusk, started to sing.

The crowd clapped, cheered and whooped it up at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, my former place of employment and my vantage point for “the most exciting two minutes, forty seconds in astronomy.”

It was a tad more than 2:21 in Paducah, about as far west at the Bluegrass State goes.

This post also appears on Daily Kos.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

In my mind’s eye, I can see the suits smirking at the protesters outside the posh Four Rivers performing arts center in Paducah, where Sen. Mitch McConnell showed up to chow down with the Rotary Club.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

When it was obvious the Senate’s “skinny repeal’” of the Affordable Health Care Act was toast, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got grumpy, came down with the mulligrubs and slumped in his chair.

With TV cameras focused on him, my thoughts turned to a similar scene in another senate 2,080 years ago —  painted, perhaps a tad fancifully, in 1889.

By BERRY CRAIG
AFT Local 1360

Just when you think Donald Trump couldn't be more fatuous in word and deed, he proves you wrong.

At a recent cabinet conclave, the president "deemed himself one of the most productive presidents in American history--perhaps Franklin D. Roosevelt could come close, he conceded--and proclaimed that he had led a 'record setting pace' of accomplishment," wrote The New York Times' Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

By BILL LONDRIGAN

President Kentucky State AFL-CIO

For 14 years under three governors, Marvin “Gene” Strong Jr. served as secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. During his tenure, hundreds of employers opened facilities in Kentucky, our economic-development efforts gained positive national recognition and other states sought to emulate our strategies. 

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately—especially by the media,” Donald Trump complained in his commencement speech at the Coast Guard Academy. “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.” 

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews didn’t buy the president’s lament. “Hey, look, I think a lot of other leaders have taken worse press than this guy,” he said on his show.

This post also appeared on the national AFL-CIO website.

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT LOCAL 1360

The voice of history, the subject I taught in a community college for two dozen years, could hardly be louder or clearer when it comes to unions and to worker safety and health laws.

We need them both.