• Most unaware of students’ protections

    By Michael Johnson, Policy Analyst

    Family Foundation of Kentucky

    “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

    Despite declarations by the U.S. Supreme Court in Tinker v. Des Moines, students continue to be wrongfully silenced throughout our nation’s schools. The Student Free Speech and Religious Freedom Act (SB 71) is part of the solution for Kentucky’s students.

  • Keep focused on the right target

    The system. No one likes it, but no one can beat it.

  • Pace picks up in final days of 2015 session

    We’re closing in fast on the last days of the regular session and the pace of activity over the last week and a half has been impressive, at least from a legislator’s standpoint. Rather than give you an in-depth analysis of one bill/issue as I usually do, I’ll take the opportunity this week to present to you a summary of bills that moved recently between the chambers. And I’ll borrow very heavily from the official report filed by the public information office.

  • WORTH THE WEIGHT: A new start and a brand new year!

    I’m back for a new start on a brand new year. Thank you all for your support and encouragement over the past year. As I’ve always said, this journey is not over, I will continue to get healthier and stronger for the rest of my life.

    My main objective for this column is to be honest about weight loss and nutrition and how it is for me. I am not a trainer, physical therapist, fitness consultant or body builder. I’ll leave that to my trainer, Kerry “K.O.” Overfelt and his crew at Darkside Athletics.

  • A necessary deal with Iran

    President Obama is clearly right — and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong — about the Iran nuclear negotiations. But the broader and more consequential question of Iran’s place in the world is much more complicated.

  • A shameful climate witch hunt

    Let the climate inquisition begin. The ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, has written to seven universities about seven researchers who harbor impure thoughts about climate change.

    One of the targets is Steven Hayward, an author and academic now at Pepperdine University. As Hayward puts it, the spirit of the inquiry is, “Are you now or have you ever been a climate skeptic?”

  • Reflections while working to dig out

    David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    With each slash of the snow shovel, I freed up one more inch of space, making room for my garage door to open so I could determine if I could drive out.

    In less time than I thought it would take, and more back pain than I anticipated, I was ready to put the car in reverse and attempt a test run down my driveway. “Yes,” I breathed a sigh of relief as I successfully made it to the street in front of my house. “Freedom.”

  • Christianity, Islam and understanding

    Following the horrific murders of innocent Americans by jihadists, the president went on television and said “Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country” and should be respected and not feared or blamed for what happened.

    Millions of Muslims in America and around the world were just as “appalled and outraged” as the rest of us were by those evil acts, he said.

  • I’m not almost ready for kindergarten

    Robert Augustine

    Community Columnist


    Our oldest son, Benjamin, will be 5 years old in May, and the harsh reality has set in that I’m going to have to let go a little.

  • The right to work for less?

    Margie Bradford

    Community Columnist