• Life’s no storybook ... or is it?

    When I was younger, I loved those books where you could make decisions and, based on your choice, you turned to certain pages. You know the ones. The end of the page says: You reach the end of the road. If you turn left, flip to page 34. If you turn right, flip to page 40.

    I used to cheat. If I made a choice, read the next section and didn’t like the outcome, or if it lead to a quicker ending than I wanted, I would go back and choose the alternative.

  • Looking into my father-in-law’s eyes

    David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    The eyes that once danced with life — eyes that could focus with the intensity of an eagle after its prey or love with the affection of a mother for her baby — now stare blankly at nothing, emotionless. I peer into those eyes, hoping for something: maybe the reboot of a soul, the reemergence of then into now, the return of the Old George I miss so much.

  • Israel is acting as if it is free of moral responsibilities

    The civilian death toll in Gaza from Israel’s latest incursion is appalling. The right to self-defense is inalienable, but it is not free from moral constraints.

  • Hamas’ useful idiots

    Sound bites are usually meant to obfuscate as much as clarify. Rarely is one so incisive as the line uttered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the other day about the difference between Israel and Hamas: “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”

    This is the ground truth of the latest Gaza War that gets obscured by the relentlessly repeated stark disparity in casualties between the Gazans, hundreds of whom have died in the conflict, and the Israelis.

  • The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal

    Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of Congress. Finally, major reform bills get introduced, debated, then put aside when the heat dies down, or the target agency gets more money thrown at the problem.

  • Christians and ‘the least of these’

    John Smith is no ordinary preacher. When I met him in the 1990s, the longhaired Australian Methodist was an Asbury Seminary student who had earned recognition as a witness to outlaw motorcycle gangs and anam cara (spiritual mentor) to the Irish rock band U2.

    I met John through the men’s group at Nicholasville United Methodist Church and read his memoir, “On the Side of the Angels.” (If you think you’re tough, try telling Hell’s Angels about Jesus and living to write about it.)

  • Denial and distortion of science

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    FRANKFORT, Ky.—There’s no proof Mark Twain ever said he wanted to be in Kentucky when he died because it’s always 20 years behind. But it has become a truism because it conveys an essential fact about our state: We’re often slow to change, and too often slow to face facts.

  • The minimum wage debate

    Margie Bradford

    Community Columnist


    President Obama announced a new federal standard for minimum wage of $10.10 per hour for new federal projects, raising the present minimum wage of $7.25 per hour that has been in place since 2009. Congress has failed to follow that lead.

  • Short summer can provide learning experiences

    What a busy, albeit short, summer we have had. Thanks to the numerous snow days, my summer break was shortened by three weeks.

    Why else does one become a teacher except to have summers free?

  • Fiscal Court should act to protect LGBT rights

    By Anna Thomas

    “A Bardstown High School student is giving voice to efforts for greater equality for the LGBT community.” (June 20, The Kentucky Standard). I must admit it was very strange waking up one morning and seeing this headline in the newspaper.