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Columns

  • Feckless in Frankfort

    By Margie Bradford

    The skirmishes are almost over, and the smoke is still clearing in Frankfort as the legislature closes the books on another session, and it seems clear that cigarette smoke will still be visible in public places here in Kentucky. The state legislature has once again failed to take action to protect the public from the ravages of secondhand smoke.

  • Ten feet off the ground

    By Robert Augustine

    I always loved basketball.  The concept is artistically calming with a simple hoop mounted 10 feet off the ground. You shoot a ball. You hit, or you miss. 

    When we were growing up, my dad always made sure we had a well-maintained basketball goal. Sometimes it was in the driveway; sometimes it was a dirt court. But, Dad, who wasn’t even a sports fan, always made sure I had a quality goal readily available.

  • April is Fair Housing month

    PEGGY SMITH

    Association Executive

    Old Ky Home Board of Realtors

    okhrealtors@bardstown.com

    This year we will celebrate the 46th anniversary of the adoption of Section VIII of the Civil Rights Act, usually called the Fair Housing Act. In order to prevent discrimination in housing based on race, color, sex, national origin, or religion, this legislation was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on April 11, 1968.

  • Final 2015 ‘Coffee with Dave’ Saturday

    We will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Boston Food Mart for the final Coffee with Dave for this legislative session. Of course, you may contact me at any time for help, just call my home phone and leave a message for me. I’m here to help.

  • Look but don’t touch ... and other courtesies

    I’ll start by saying none of this was spurred by anyone I know personally, so if we’re friends, don’t take offense. They were, however, inspired by members of the public.

  • Collecting plastic caps proves beneficial

    Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Community Columnist

    rbrothers57@gmail.com

    Teachers and moms collect objects.

    As teachers, we collect homework, daily work, permission forms, etc. Basically anything that needs collecting is given to the English teacher, because every students has an English class. Some students have more than one. At the end of the school day, we collect the dropped pencils that we keep in a teacher’s mug on our desk for the same student the next day who doesn’t have a pencil.

  • The dysfunctional GOP

    It was only January when Republicans took full control of Congress, but already it is safe to say they have no earthly idea of what they want to accomplish.

    What we’re seeing is not just a bit of sputtering before the GOP machine cranks up and begins to systematically fulfill its governing plan. There is no plan. Republican majorities in both the House and Senate are so out of control that they’ve managed a feat once thought impossible: They make the Democratic Party look like a model of unity and discipline.

  • Don’t confirm Loretta Lynch

    An unanswerable question hangs over the nomination of Loretta Lynch for attorney general: Is Republican opposition to her more racist or sexist?

    As an African-American woman, Lynch represents a gloriously double-barreled opportunity to accuse Republicans of sub-rosa hatreds.

    The political benefit of what feminists call intersectionality — membership in two or more historically oppressed groups — is not having to choose which accusation of bias to make.

  • Governing by crisis isn’t governing at all

    After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people. “We’re certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Congress, he said, would not lurch from crisis to crisis.

  • ‘If you would not say it to Grandma ...’

    Chad McCoy

    Community Columnist

    cmccoy@mccoyandheistand.com

    I am sure most of you saw Ashley Judd at the University of Kentucky games this past weekend. Say what you want about her, I for one am glad to see her come out and supporting Kentucky. I think it is great that she continues to be a fan, and a very public fan at that. I also really support what she is trying to do with social media and cyber bullying.