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Columns

  • GOP delivered softball for Dems to hit out of the park

    The Republican National Convention wasn’t a complete disaster, but only because Mike Pence showed signs of being a more able running mate than many expected. Other than that? Hot mess, dumpster fire, train wreck — pick your overused metaphor. It was huge, but not in a good way.

  • Opinion: The Trump Dynasty takes over the GOP

    Watching the GOP convention, you could be forgiven for believing that almost all the brightest stars in the Republican firmament are Trumps.

    Members of the Trump family were among the best, most high-profile performers. During the first two nights of the convention, the hall began to empty as soon as the Trumps left the stage, its energy and purpose sapped by the departure of the animating family.

  • Column: It was a time for McConnell to lead, not follow

    Mitch McConnell was an intern for Republican Congressman Gene Snyder when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963.

    Young Mitch walked outside the office to see the crowd stretched from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. He was too far away to hear King, but as he wrote in his recently published memoir, “The Long Game,” he was overwhelmed by “witnessing a pivotal moment in history.”

  • Opinion: Where the election stands today

    By Lee H. Hamilton

    The next few weeks in politics are a little like the All-Star break in baseball. With the Republican and Democratic national conventions upon us, it’s a good time to step back and assess this year’s election — which carries bad news for both parties.

  • Opinion: The Dunning-Kruger effect

    By Margie Bradford

    In the immortal words of Clint Eastwood, in the persona of Dirty Harry in 1973’s “Magnum Force” — “A man’s got to know his limitations.” And that precisely is what a person suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect does not know, according to an article by William Staub.

    Staub, an award winning former Kentucky journalist, wrote in June that there was “no joy in Bevin-ville” following the election of Matt Bevin, whom he dubbed “Mad Matt,” as governor of Kentucky.

  • Transparency is crucial in retirement system

    In Kentucky, some bleed blue, others bleed red, and today, the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) bleeds green. An article from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting on June 7 outlined how KRS had used contributions from current and future state employees to pay legal fees for the former KRS Board Chair in a lawsuit against Governor Matt Bevin.

  • Opinion: Looking for a few good writers

    The Kentucky Standard is looking for a few good writers.

    In fact, it is not so much “good” writers we are looking for so much as community-minded individuals who want to add to the civic discourse in our cities and county.

    This column might seem a little familiar to our regular readers. That’s because I ran it in November 2014. I had a lot of feedback and netted a few good columnists.

  • Opinion: Obama’s police distortions

    President Barack Obama is a lawyer, not a statistician, and it shows.

    After the controversial officer-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Obama unloosed a series of statistics in his remarks in Warsaw, Poland, to show “racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system” — in other words, racial bias by police, prosecutors and judges.

  • Opinion: Obama has helped us peer into the racial divide

    President Obama gave a majestic speech in Dallas, one of the best of his presidency, at once a soaring tribute to slain police officers and an affirmation of peaceful protest. But he was wrong about one thing: On race, sadly, we are as divided as we seem.

  • Opinion: Making progress in the fight against heroin

    When I’m meeting with Kentuckians all over the Commonwealth, it is troubling how often the heroin epidemic tops the list of their communities’ most pressing issues and concerns.

    It is a sad reality, and one you may already know, that the heroin and opioid epidemic has caused pain for communities all over Kentucky.  And the destruction of the drug use epidemic is felt in practically every corner of our country, from our smallest towns to our largest cities.