• The GOP’s self-inflicted wounds

    As the leading Republican presidential candidates rant and rave about deporting 11 million immigrants, fighting some kind of world war against Islam, implementing gimmicky tax plans that would bankrupt the nation and other such madness, keep one thing in mind: The party establishment brought this plague upon itself.

  • Grateful for what they hate

    The Paris attacks have occasioned a wide-ranging debate about what they mean and how to respond, involving Islam and its role, military strategy and, oddly enough, how Muslims in New Jersey reacted to Sept. 11 (thanks, Donald Trump). It’s all very interesting and, for the most part, quite important.

    At bottom, though, the import of the Paris attacks is not complicated: ISIS terrorists are enemies of our civilization.

  • Health care could still be Democrats’ legacy

    By Al Cross

    When Steve Beshear made an unusually emotional plea for Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin to leave the state’s new health-insurance system alone, some of the governor’s fellow Democrats wondered why he hadn’t been more vocal about the landmark achievement of his eight-year governorship.

  • ‘When it rains ...’ is definitely the truth

    The old saying is that when it rains, it pours.

    There are times in life where that certainly seems to be the case. My family has been stuck in a monsoon. And, with the stress of the holidays fast approaching, I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

    My oldest son was sick for two weeks, first with an ear infection and then with a mystery virus that kept him out of day care with a fever for days and days.

  • Be thankful when things aren’t going your way

    David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    His car slammed into mine on my driver’s side.

    I didn’t see it coming.

    After that initial shock that comes when we’ve been in an accident, my first thought was, “Did I do something wrong?” After all, some of my family members tease me whenever I get behind the wheel: “Mr. Magoo’s driving again. Say a prayer.”

    But no, I had the right-of-way. It wasn’t my fault. And the police report would verify that.

  • Pondering a paradox — the 2015 election

    Margie Bradford

    Community Columnist


  • Symbol has no real Kentucky connection

    For the past few years, the symbol of the fleur de lis has been displayed more and more in Louisville. Revolutionary War soldier Col. George Rogers Clark (no relation) has been credited as founding Louisville in 1778 and, two years later years later, in 1780, the Virginia General Assembly approved the town charter of Louisville. The city was named in honor of King Louis XVI of France, whose soldiers were then aiding us in the American Revolution.

  • Thursday, count your blessings

    When I was in the first grade, we presented a Thanksgiving play, complete with so-called Pilgrim costume and buckskins for the Native Americans. I was a Pilgrim father, in my black hat and silver buckle shoes (cardboard and aluminum foil), with one famous line: “It’s going to be a cold, cold winter.” I can’t predict this winter’s weather, but I can reflect upon that first Thanksgiving paid forward to today.

  • The GOP’s Islamic State bluster

    The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren’t making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

    Theoretically, a deadly rampage by Islamic State terrorists ought to make Republican voters think twice about presidential hopefuls who have zero experience in government and no expertise in foreign or military affairs. But the contenders who hold or held high office are offering little more than bellicose rhetoric and overblown pledges of toughness.

  • After Paris, empty symbolism

    The instant online symbol of global support for Paris after last week’s attacks was a roughly rendered peace symbol with an Eiffel Tower in the middle of it. The French designer Jean Jullien sketched it as soon as he heard the news of the atrocity. He called it “Peace for Paris,” and it immediately became a sensation on social media.