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Columns

  • So I was up in Alaska

    By Garrison Keillor

  • Column: For the good of Kentucky, keep NEH and IMLS funding

    By Stuart Sanders

    Those of us who work in museums and history organizations commonly hear “if only.”

    “If only I’d interviewed my grandfather about his World War II experiences.”

    “If only I’d saved those letters written by my great-grandmother.” 

    “If only that cemetery had been preserved.”


  • Column: For England and Saint George!

    While in my hometown of Winchester, Ky., recently, I was enchanted to see the English flag flying proudly from one of the old houses in the city named for King Alfred’s ancient capital.

    It was not the British flag, but England’s alone — the red cross of St. George on a white field, which, together with the saltires of St. Andrew for Scotland and St. Patrick for Ireland, make up the Union Jack.

  • Opinion: 2017 session was one for the record books

    Friends, thanks for taking the time to contact me during this year’s session. I do appreciate you participating in the legislative process. It is very important to me that I hear from constituents about issues of interest, and there was overwhelming civic participation in the 2017 session.

    The General Assembly stayed busy and passed quite a few Senate priority bills that have now been signed by the governor, including:

  • Opinion: U.S. presidents and the great economic recession of the 21st century

    By John Swarts

    Part 4: 2008-2016: The Obama years

  • OPINION: Politics is like air, it is everywhere

    The recent revelations brought out about city government brought back a lot of memories for me when I worked for state government years ago.

    The argument has been about the separation of government and politics. Most agree that while on government time using taxpayer dollars, no one should be doing anything of a political nature and, if so, he or she should be punished. That sounds great, and in a perfect world, would be what is happening. It is not the way it works.

  • OPINION: Terrorist attack did not break the spirit of the Swedish people

    On April 7, my hometown of Stockholm was exposed to a terrorist attack as a stolen truck plowed through the busiest street in the city, Drottninggatan, killing four people and injuring 15.

    Drottninggatan is a cosmopolitan hotspot. It is the main street in the country to go shopping, eat out with friends or just walk around and enjoy the view of the Revival architecture. Thus, all of my family members, including my aunt, were either in the area or close to it while the truck plunged through the innocent crowd of people.

  • OPINION: The president of visuals
  • OPINION: The Great Reversal — for now

    The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. He excoriates parasitic foreigners that (I paraphrase) suck dry our precious bodily fluids — and these are allies! On April 4, Trump declared: “I don’t want to be the president of the world. I’m the president of the United States. And from now on, it’s going to be America First.”

  • OPINION: Heaven is not our eternal home

    “This world is not my home.

    I’m just a-passin’ through.

    If you grew up in the South in the last century, you’ve probably heard this old hymn.

    “The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”