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Columns

  • Ky. GOP offers mix of personalities, plot lines

    By Al Cross

    Kentucky Republicans offer intriguing contrasts.

    They’ve taken over the state’s congressional delegation, except Louisville’s seat, but still have a problem electing governors, and failed to re-elect the only Republican governor who’s had the chance.

  • Could all-or-nothing fix our politics?

    By Nelda Moore

    We haven’t even had our gubernatorial election, and here I am commenting on the presidential one. But who ever expected Donald Trump to lead in the Republican primary, let alone maintain that lead for weeks on end? Likewise, who expected Bernie Sanders to be quietly narrowing the gap between him and Hillary Clinton?

  • Music ... and bourbon ... bring people together

    Music is a universal language. It brings together people of all ages, races, social classes and nationalities. Most people know this, and, while it sounds incredibly cliché, it’s true.

    Most people also speak the languages of food … and bourbon. In Nelson County, you know that, too.

    Last year, my husband and I, and our friends, were lucky enough to take part in the first-ever Louder than Life Festival in Louisville, where the languages of music, food and bourbon converged. The event was two days of… well… wonderful.

  • Common ground needed in culture debate

    By Michael Johnson

    The polarization of America is turning neighbors against one other and voices in the “culture wars” all too often demonize those who disagree with them. The constant division within our communities is such an unwelcome contrast to the aftermath of that Tuesday morning 14 years ago when we focused on the common ground we shared and stood united as Americans.

  • It’s all in your head

    Many mysteries in life. Why are we here? Why are some people prone to illness and some stay perpetually healthy? Why are we all so different but again so much alike? And then the biggest mystery of all, how does our body operate and why do we do the things we do?

    Hmmm.

  • Many questions about Iran deal

    MITCH McConnell
    U.S. Senator, Ky

    Earlier this summer, President Obama announced a deal had been struck between Iran and the United States and other countries that purports to curtail, but not end Iran’s nuclear program. Kentuckians have the right to know whether this deal will actually make America and her allies safer. I want to assure those in the Commonwealth that America’s safety will be my foremost concern when the U.S. Senate takes up this issue and gives the proposed deal a thorough and fair review in the coming weeks.

  • Witnessing the evolution of the newspaper industry

    CAROLINE LITTLE
    President, CEO
    National Association of America

    Four years ago, most of us wouldn’t have predicted award-winning TV series would debut via online streaming on websites such as Netflix and Hulu and would never be aired on cable or network television. Just four years ago, it seemed unlikely that people would prefer online music streaming and radio apps over CDs and iPods, let alone be willing to pay for it. And four years ago, most of us wouldn’t have imagined we would get our news updates on our watches.

  • Is your brain going up in smoke?

    By Margie Bradford

    Everyone who has not been under a rock for the last 25 years, with the exceptions of the owners of cigarette companies, and “till-death-do-us-part fag fiends,” acknowledges the fact that cigarettes destroy your lungs with cancer or emphysema. But now evidence has come to light that shows that those 7,000-plus chemicals and toxins contained in each cigarette are not only destroying your lungs, but your brain as well.

  • The caucus: separating fact from fiction

    By Robertr Augustine

    The process: how it passed, and how I voted

    Last Saturday the Republican State Central Committee (RSCC), a group of 350 members statewide, met to debate and vote on new rules for the Kentucky GOP.

  • Truth be told

    By Rachael Filkins Turner

    It was Miss Scarlet, with the candlestick, in the library.

    Remember that game? Clue (Cluedo outside the U.S.) was invented in England in 1944. It was the original who-done-it game — collect bits of information to find out who committed the crime.

    I’ve been reminded of fond memories of playing this beloved board game as I have been playing my own, modern-day form of the game with my children lately.