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Columns

  • OPINION: A different prescription for supporting a ‘principled press’

    It was heartening to see such a high-profile celebrity as Meryl Streep advocate for supporting fact-based journalism. But her specific recommendation missed the mark.

    Streep delivered a six-minute speech criticizing President-elect Donald Trump while she was accepting a lifetime achievement award at last Sunday’s Golden Globes. As part of that criticism, she called on her audience to support a “principled press to hold power to account” and to support the Committee to Protect Journalists.

  • OPINION: Kentucky needs Lincoln Republicans

    In the 1980s, Jack Kemp was Republicans’ rising star. He was the congressional architect of Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts and supply side economics. As George Bush’s secretary of housing and urban development, he promoted home ownership and tax breaks for businesses that locate in depressed areas. He was a conservative’s conservative. But he was not anti-union.

    Like Reagan, who was president of the Screen Actors’ Guild before he was president of the U.S., Kemp had been a union leader — president of the American Football League.

  • 2016 brags and stats

    The past year for the Old Ky Home Board of Realtors has been a very busy and successful one in so many ways. Dennis Rust served us well as the 2016 president, Molly Mattingly was the KAR director for the region for the second year, and Joey Hayden finished his year as past-president. Jerry Janes won the prestigious president’s award for service to the board. Our leadership on this board is among the best in the state.

  • Opinion: Obamacare repeal good for Kentucky

    By U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

    Every day, Kentuckians are reading headlines that Obamacare is a failure. Supporters of Obamacare promised lower costs, but it sent them soaring. They promised families could keep their plans or doctors, but many Kentuckians have seen their options limited. Every year since this law’s passage, a growing number of people in Kentucky and throughout the nation have called for Obamacare’s repeal. A recent poll showed that 8 out of 10 Americans want Obamacare to be significantly changed or replaced.

  • Opinion: New year reminds us elected officials are human too

    The New Year’s resolutions columns rise to flood your newsfeeds and elbow for space in your brain. Allow me to add my voice to this chorus.

    We can all agree the past 2016 election year was a doozy. Friends fought. Families feuded. We can all likely agree we are glad to see 2016 go as we turn our attention to the new year. Let us remember that these officials we defended with the armor of our words, deeds, actions, and cash – and that however high a pedestal we placed them upon – are in the end as human as we are.

  • OPINION: Yeah, I needed a room, what’s it to you?

    To the woman who recently asked if my husband and I “needed to get a room”:

    Actually, yes. Yes we did. But, unfortunately, our lack of funds, lack of time to spend even an hour in a child-free environment that isn’t work, and the fact that he had been out of town for a month meant we took what we could get.

  • OPINION: City needs to expand definition of family

    Earlier this year, the editorial board of this newspaper wrote about the ethics laws that govern our county and city employees.

    The primary theme was that it is an ethics law that protects the people from public corruption.

    The ethics laws are written by the very government agencies that the rules are intended for, more or less letting the wolves lock the hen house door for the farmer. We do have an Ethics Board, but oddly, it does not write the laws.

  • OPINION: Our system comes with no guarantees

    There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy out there. We’re just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the imminent failure of the American experiment.

  • OPINION: Limits of bipartisanship in a one-party state

    The gentleman from Jamestown struck the right tone Tuesday after he was sworn in as the first Republican speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives in almost a century.

    Rep. Jeff Hoover’s acceptance speech reflected the spirit of bipartisan respect and cooperation he had shown before the start of the 2017 General Assembly.

  • Opinion: We decide what is ‘the new normal’

    By Nelda Moore

    What a year it was!

    By now, you are likely past your saturation point in reviews of the highlights and low points of 2016, so I’ll not rehash the specifics that stood out to me. They were legion anyway, and I could use all my space simply listing them without comment.