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Columns

  • 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.

  • Calling a time out for humanity
  • Helpful tips help prevent holiday weight gain

    By Dayna Parrett

    It’s that time of year!

    The time when kitchens are full and smiles are big. The holidays tend to do that to us. Unfortunately, the holidays can also add a few inches around the waist. Americans typically gain between one and three pounds during the holiday season. That doesn’t sound like much, but the sad fact is, we rarely lose that weight. Meaning, over the course of 10 years, those one to three pounds have easily become 10-30 pounds of holiday weight.

  • U.S.-China pact is an accord the planet needed

    The minute we glimpse a flicker of hope in the fight against climate change, Republicans in Congress announce their intention to snuff it out. Fortunately for the planet, it seems they can’t.

    This week’s stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over carbon emissions is the best environmental news in years. Not to sound grandiose, it means the world still has a chance to save itself from unmitigated disaster.

  • Thank you, Jonathan Gruber

    The epic search of the Greek philosopher Diogenes for an honest man is finally over. His name is Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist once known as an intellectual architect of Obamacare, although his status is being rapidly downgraded by the law’s supporters with every one of his uncomfortably frank utterances about President Barack Obama’s signature initiative.