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Columns

  • Opinion: On making resolutions or revolutions

    By Michael Quigley

    The end of a year is a good time to look back and to look forward. For one important reason this year is perhaps different from previous times.

    In the past month a significant centennial milestone was commemorated with little coverage in the Western press, namely the Bolshevik revolution in Russia in 1917.

  • OPINION: We need candidates who represent us

    By Terry Welshans

    Health care is important to everyone and costs for health care seems to be constantly rising.

  • OPINION: Upcoming events let you share your thoughts

    I would like to start this article by wishing each of you a Merry Christmas and thanking you for allowing me to serve as your State Senator. This year has flown by starting with a productive 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, followed by a busy interim break, new Senate Leadership elections, and talks of pension reform. Many of you have offered constructive feedback and opinions that I have taken to heart as we begin to craft legislation for the 2018 Budget Session.

  • OPINION: How to flirt safely (by a guy who is definitely not about to be fired for harassment)

    Listen, there are some behaviors we can all agree are courtship and not predation! You get it, gentlemen, right?

    We all know that there’s a dance that goes on between men and women, if you will, a kind of ancient ritual that dates back to time immemorial.

    [Pauses to mop brow.]

    Like, for instance, here are a few examples of fun flirting that might be just, you know, this flirty business of media, ha ha ha HA, that we all know and love.

    [Oh god, oh god, oh god.]

  • OPINION: Republicans are failing the Roy Moore test

    “ ‘All this will I give you,’ he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.’ ” — Matthew 4:9

    The prospect of Sen. Roy Moore has been both horrifying and clarifying. It would be difficult to design a more controlled, precise test of the moral gag reflex in politics.

  • OPINION: McConnell enjoys tax bill victory, Bevin loses support

    In the space of a few hours last weekend, one of Kentucky’s top two political leaders scored a big victory he badly needed, and the other suffered an embarrassing and perhaps damaging defeat he didn’t need to risk.

  • OPINION: You can lay the groundwork for reforming Congress

    The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are, “We the People.” The Constitution itself, our institutions of government, the democratic process — all were established to give Americans a voice in their own governance. We are still striving to make that vision real for all, but we are closer than ever.

  • OPINION: Worth the wait

    The church sanctuary was packed. The audience was abuzz with chatter. The orchestra was tuning their instruments. Within minutes, I would step to the platform, greet the audience, pray, then sit back and enjoy the cantata, the performance of which was under the very capable hands of our minister of music, who that night, was the conductor for the big event.

    Then someone told me I’d better check on him.

    Having made my way to his office, I stuck my head in the door. “You OK?” I hesitatingly asked.

  • OPINION: What is ready to die and what is ready to be born?

    Cloaked in the darkness of night, on the eve of Advent, the Trump tax bill was passed in the U.S. Senate. Advent is the season that commemorates Mary’s descent into deeper silence to ponder the great mystery she was about to birth. Tonight, I am pondering the mystery of the Trump tax bill, with “Dark Side of the Moon” playing in the background.

  • TIME’s Person of the Year might be Colin Kaepernick

    TIME announced Colin Kaepernick, an embattled free-agent quarterback, as one of 10 contenders for their 2017 Person of the Year. Upon hearing this news, you might wince, shrug, or sing, “Darn tootin’!”

    Kaepernick has become a household name most known as that football player who kneeled during the national anthem last year. Before that he was most well-known as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.