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Columns

  • OPINION: Gratitude is the attitude to have

    Time is a very strange thing. It is elastic in perception and inexorable in passing. It is the end of the month, and another month marches off the calendar. Each day comes, and then goes like a thief in the night, stealing away our future.

    We are profligate with our time, not treasuring each day as much as we should, grateful for each day that we have to spend with the people we love and treasure. We need to start and end each day with a prayer of gratitude for what we have and the people in our lives.

  • Do your best — then go home

    PEGGY SMITH
    Association Executive
    Old Ky Home  Board of Realtors
    okhrealtors@bardstown.com

    I just heard the Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch say these words as he was being interviewed by the Congress. I don’t know why this stuck in my head, but it made me stop and think about how this applies to the real estate world and real estate professionals and their efforts to serve the public.

  • OPINION: Finding God’s love in ‘The Shack’

    Mark Driscoll, formerly pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., said of the enormously popular book, “The Shack,” “If you haven’t read ‘The Shack,’ don’t.”

    Such is the consensus of many Christian leaders regarding William P. Young’s book, now a hot item on the silver screen.

    I haven’t read the book, but I did see the movie.

  • Legislation summary and charter schools explained

    Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 legislative session in Frankfort.

    A flurry of bills were sent to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • Opinion: May we continue to believe ‘in God we trust’

    By Dr. Harry Spalding

    The world and this nation in particular have seen a lot of changes over the last 150 years.

    Until that time, Western civilization — i.e. Europe, the Americas and other countries that their civilization has spread to — was almost unanimously God-fearing. They believed in a Supreme Creator, and they believed in rules laid down in essence by the Ten Commandments. Their laws were based on them, and the Supreme Being was called upon in most official documents to take sworn statements.

  • OPINION: American health care: survival of the fittest

    Last fall when he was winning hearts and minds in the Midwest, Mr. Red Cap promised to remove the curse of Obamacare from the nation and replace it with something beautiful that would cover everybody. Now that Trumpcare is out for previews, he is still upbeat and says he is in a “beautiful negotiation” and will wind up with a “beautiful picture,” but it’s no longer about everybody. And the picture seems more like a watercolor than a photo.

  • OPINION: The real world of Obamacare repeal

    The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health care. There’s a reason not one Western democracy with some system of national health care has ever abolished it.

  • OPINION: Partisan bickering can’t fix health care

    The partisan divide in this country has become so deep it’s making our democracy dysfunctional. Nowhere is this more evident than in the debate over health care reform.

    Republicans are making the same mistake Democrats did in 2010 when they were the ones who held the White House and Congress and passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without Republican votes.

  • OPINION: Week six sees the passage of several bills

    A flurry of activity stemming from committee meetings and the passage of bills marked a short but intense Week 6 of the Kentucky General Assembly. Although the Senate was only in session from Monday to Wednesday of this week, committee meetings still met during the later part of the week to give final hearings to several bills.

    Quite a few pieces of legislation have already made it to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk to await his signature.

    Senate Bill 17, relating to student rights to political and religious speech, was given final passage by the House this week.

  • OPINION: KYNECT: Fielding the ACA, Obamacare

    Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear made the case for Obamacare during the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s first joint address to Congress last Month. Much of his speech challenged the Republican push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.