• Full-time parents unite

    Rachael Filkins Turner

    Community Columnist


    It’s kind of funny that today a line is drawn between working moms and stay-at-home moms (or dads).

    After reading an article about how children of working mothers are better off, I began thinking.

    The funny thing is we all work. Obviously, we do different work. But the thing is, no matter if you are a working mom, or if you stay home with your kids, you’re a parent full time. That never changes.

  • ‘What we have here, is a failure to communicate’

    There is a famous line in the movie “Cool Hand Luke” where the warden tells Paul Newman and the other prisoners, “What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” No truer words have been spoken, and no better time than now to talk about it. We have known for a long time that Washington, D.C., is broken, Frankfort is not far behind, and, even locally, we see lots of friction and dysfunction because of a communication breakdown.

  • The gift of a Trump-fueled GOP debate

    I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

  • Killing Cecil should barely register

    “Until the lion tells his side of the story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”

    — African proverb

    On the ledger of global outrages, the killing of Cecil the lion outside of a Zimbabwe national park should barely register.

  • Where the presidency is headed

    Before the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential contest become a preoccupation for many of us, it seems a good time to step back and look at the office of the presidency for which so many candidates are vying. The presidency inherited by whoever wins next November will be substantially changed from the position his or her predecessors occupied a few decades ago.

  • Thoughts as summer nears its end

    Is it over already?

    Not yet, but Wednesday is just around the corner.

    Having children can make you feel like a kid again in many respects, and dreading the end of summer break is one of them.

  • VIEWPOINTS: Celebrating Medicaid at 50 years

    If we’re being perfectly honest, few look forward to turning 50 years old, and celebrating is the last thing they want to do.

    But while many of us aren’t interested in celebrating 50 years of life, 50 years of a successful program is a real cause for a party. And that’s why I am excited about Medicaid’s 50th.

  • VIEWPOINTS: Bevin's statements on Medicaid worrying

    About half a dozen times Thursday, Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin was asked a very important question: What would happen to the 430,000 Kentuckians who would lose their new Medicaid coverage if he is elected governor and cancels the expansion of eligibility for the program, as he has said he would do?

    He never really answered. But he sure made it interesting. And worrying.

  • VIEWPOINTS: Sharing grief when saying goodbye to a pet

    My mom’s voice cracked, then it went silent. I looked again at my cell phone to make sure I’d called the right number. 

    “Mom? Is this you?”

    The next voice I heard was that of my older brother, Mark, speaking for Mom because she couldn’t. 

  • The toxic worldview of Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Moses gave us the Ten Commandments. Paul gave us the Epistles. And Ta-Nehisi gave us “Between the World and Me.”

    The new book by Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, in the form of a letter to his son, has been greeted with a rapturous reception that brooks no dissent.