• Ebola shebola ... but get a flu shot

    By Margie Bradford

    I received a phone call recently from one of my nearest and dearest relatives. She was in a state of high dudgeon about the possibility of getting Ebola from a stranger exiting an airplane from Africa. She had called her congressman, and urged the stopping of all flights from there forthwith.

    I reminded her that if she wanted to worry about that, then she should also worry about being eaten by a polar bear, as the possibility of one was as likely as the other here in Central Kentucky.

  • The myth of the first Thanksgiving

    Myles Standish wasn’t so upstanding, and the Puritans weren’t so pure. And inviting the Indians to dinner was just politics.

  • Be thankful your past has not returned

    Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Community Columnist


    This time of year, we are all supposed to stop gorging ourselves and reflect and give thanks for what makes our lives complete. Besides the normal — family, job and health — this year I am thankful I am not Bill Cosby. If all these accusations are true from these women who are now jobless, then Cosby led the life of a rock star.

  • WORK MATTERS: Small Business Saturday drives local shopping


    Center Director University of Kentucky Small Business Development Center


    While the Thanksgiving Day rush for door buster deals may focus on national stores, small businesses are certainly a big part of the holiday shopping mix.

  • On Bill Cosby, it’s hard to keep the faith

    A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby. I was the emcee of a gala for historically black Claflin University, which is in my home town of Orangeburg, S.C. Cosby was the headliner. Both of us were donating our time to a worthy cause.

  • Barack Obama, American Caudillo

    To think that President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office four times (through accidents of circumstance, twice each time he was elected). Taking the oath must have become such old hat that he stopped paying attention.

    The president is issuing an executive amnesty for illegal immigrants based on blatant contempt for the constitutional order that he is sworn to uphold. Where does Abraham Lincoln go to get his Bible back?

  • Make sure it’s time to celebrate

    It’s one of the strangest football plays I’ve ever seen. The TV announcers were completely fooled, as was the entire Utah football team. Unless you are a University of Oregon football fan, it’s painful to watch, and I would think even their fans feel a tinge of compassion for Kaelin Clay, the Utah wide receiver who prematurely celebrated what he thought was a touchdown.

  • Honestly, Abe Lincoln did not say that

    “The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that it’s difficult to discern whether or not they are genuine.” — Abraham Lincoln

    This satirical “quotation” is one I recently posted on Facebook for laughs.

    It’s a tribute to the sagacity of America’s greatest president that many of us want to give Lincoln credit for things he didn’t say when did say so much that is worth repeating.

  • Demythologizing the mid-term elections

    Myth No. 1: “The People have spoken!” In Kentucky, for instance, Mitch McConnell beat Alison Lundergan Grimes by 15 percent — 56 to 41. That looks like an overwhelming majority “spoke up” that they wanted Mitch. But when you do the math, only 46 percent of eligible voters voted, and Mitch got 56 percent of those votes — so only one in four Kentucky voters actually voted for Mitch. Three out of four did not. Is anybody listening to what the vast majority (75 percent) of Kentuckians are “speaking?”

  • Subcommittee talks snow days and other school issues

    Education issues have been a main focus of my legislative work this month. Last week, our Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education and our IJC on Education were challenged with important and timely issues concerning Kentucky public education.