Constance Alexander

Kentucky transplant Constance Alexander recalls Memorial Day traditions from her childhood and ponders holiday meanings that endure through time.
By Constance Alexander
WKMS, the National Public Radio affiliate at Murray State University, has invited listeners to pen their own poems on the theme of hope, and record them for broadcast every weekday in April.
By Constance Alexander
As protests continue every Saturday morning in downtown Murray, one woman faces a misdemeanor charge that has lingered for months while the pandemic delays court hearings.
By Constance Alexander
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In the 1950s, Ruby McCollum's free speech rights were revoked for fear her honest testimony about sexual abuse would “subject the community to embarrassment.”
By Constance Alexander
Research conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2017 shows that the real history — the hard history — around African enslavement is not being taught, or maybe not being learned.
By Constance Alexander
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, columnist Constance Alexander recalls her earliest lessons in sin and virtue.
By Constance Alexander
Families are again confronted with incomplete legacies. There are empty chairs at dinner tables, lives forever altered by death and disruption.
By Constance Alexander
A debate continues in Murray about a Confederate memorial on the grounds of the Calloway County Courthouse. Columnist Constance Alexander questions whether it will still stand when the county celebrates it bicentennial in 2022.
By Constance Alexander
Fiscal constraints are nothing new to LBL, which was managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority before it was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service in 1999. No matter which agency has been in charge, the national recreation area has been clobbered by budget cuts over the years.
By Constance Alexander
No one would have missed the cranberry sauce but Mother. She always remembered. At the last minute, still quivering from the rush to get it out of the can, a plate of glistening ruby circlets appeared at the table, thus completing the feast.
By Constance Alexander