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Columns

  • Obama must answer: Are we at war with the Islamic State?

    I’d like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State. I’d like to know why — or why not. I’d like to know whether the goal of U.S. policy is to contain the jihadist militia or destroy it.

    President Obama? Members of Congress? Please pay attention. I’m talking to you.

  • Warren Buffet betrays America

    It must have been a bitter moment for President Barack Obama when he got the news that his favorite economic guru not only doesn’t like paying taxes but hates America.

    Warren Buffett, whose eponymous rule was a staple of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, is underwriting Burger King’s proposed move to Canada that the left is denouncing as practically the most dastardly plot since the Rosenbergs helped the Soviets get the bomb.

  • Who’s afraid of the big bad mouse?

    I’m not a coward when it comes to close encounters with other creatures. I’ve calmly stepped around snakes, stared down Rottweilers and stood amidst of a herd of bison.

    Mice, however, give me the heebie-jeebies.

    Shrinks have a word for it — musophobia — and they say it’s one of the most common irrational fears.

  • Why government openness matters

    One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information.

  • The garden woes, the garden woos

    By David Whitlock

    “I’ve got a garden blanket to put over the frame for your lettuce bed, whenever you’re ready to plant a fall garden,” my friend mentioned to me on the way out of church.

    I mentally surveyed the condition of my garden.

    It’s that time of year when all the warm weather plants are birthing their ripened fruit. I feel like the lone obstetrician in a maternity ward where 50 pregnant women are in labor at the same time.

  • Fine should have been the end of the issue

    By Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Nelson County Fiscal Court, along with the Joint Board of Ethics, fined Coroner Rayfield Houglin $1,000 for violating the nepotism law and Rebecca Houghlin was removed as a deputy coroner.

    A crime was committed, albeit a minor one, but a crime nonetheless. Guilt was admitted and the fine was paid. This should have been the end of it, but the media won’t let it end.

  • An afternoon unplugged

    I’m writing this column on paper, with an ink pen, by the light of a small, LED soccer ball nightlight at 8:30 on a Monday evening.

    I’m listening to my toddler breathe in his bed behind me and my husband cough on the couch in the other room (while silently thinking that if he doesn’t stop, or wakes our son, he’ll be staying on that couch until morning).

  • Beyond coal

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    Politics keeps complicating efforts to diversify the economy of Appalachian Kentucky, especially the eastern-coalfield counties that have seen nearly half their coal jobs disappear in the last two years.

  • ‘Bubble boy’ disease screening needed

    By Margie Bradford

    The Wall Street Journal, in an article on July 31, publicized a study which showed that children born with severe combined immunodeficiency can be successfully treated with stem-cell transplants within a few months of birth.

    Children born with SCID lack certain blood cells to help them resist infections. The condition is sometimes referred to as “bubble boy” disease, after a boy who was born with disease and lived in a sterile plastic bubble for a time.

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