The race for governor of Kentucky is occasionally a harbinger of the contest that begins or ends the four-year election cycle, the race for president. In 1995, Democrat Paul Patton defeated Republican Larry Forgy, who had hoped to ride the GOP wave of 1994 but got caught in the undertow, and Bill Clinton carried the state in 1996.
Brandon Chambers was hurting, and had been for months. He and his family sought help and got it — from counseling to medication — and it still wasn’t enough to keep the Elizabethtown 14-year-old from taking his own life last month. His pain was deep and one afternoon, it became too much for him. He made an unfortunate and irreversible choice.