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Columns

  • Opinion: Trump and the ‘Madman Theory’

    By Charles Krauthammer

  • Opinion: Blessed are the winners. Big time.

    By Garrison Keillor

    The Lord is my shepherd. OK? Totally. Big league. He is a tremendous shepherd. The best. No comparison. I know more than most people about herding sheep. And that’s why I won the election in a landslide and it’s why my company is doing very, very well. Because He said, “I’m with you, Donald. You will never want.”

  • Opinion: Protect your right to know

    By Attorney General Andy Beashear

    Our state and its government belong to the citizens of Kentucky and each person has a right to know how his or her tax dollars are being spent.

    Transparency is required at all levels of government, from the courthouse to the statehouse, at our universities and in our pension system.

    Each citizen deserves to have faith in his or her government and public officials.

  • Opinion: Losing our religion in the public square

    On his birthday last week, I posted on Facebook an excerpt from George Washington’s farewell address as president, in which he said Americans should not expect that “national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

    The unexpected reaction was fast and furious. A former reporter let me know she was moral but not religious. A Catholic friend said that attitude could be used to “prop up” a particular religion. One of my oldest friends denounced the idea that religion should play any part in public life at all.

  • Opinion: Roosevelt’s message to the American people

    Donald Trump, as both a candidate and president with remarkably thin skin, has loudly denounced the press for every unflattering news item, calling them “dishonest, terrible people.”

    He has mocked and denounced the demonstrators who have crowded the streets to protest his choices for cabinet posts and his policies. The Republican leadership, in response to the demonstrations, says in effect, “You lost the election, so shut up.”

  • Opinion: Aligning a republic with democracy

    We the People is not misleading. Our government is based upon the ownership and participation of the people who make up our country. That has been the basic foundation of our nation since the day it was founded. Elections, town halls and other methods of communications are how we make our voices heard. The question is, as most always, who is listening?

  • OPINION: Strangers meeting in the storm

    I flew into Boston in a snowstorm Sunday, coming in low over little white houses in the gray murk, and my connecting flight to Vermont was canceled, so I rented a car and set out into the storm. I had told Vermont I’d be there and once you start canceling things, where do you stop?

  • OPINION: The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

    It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime.

    Being covered up were the Dec. 29 phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The presumed violation was Flynn negotiating with a foreign adversary while the Obama administration was still in office and, even worse, discussing with Sergey Kislyak the sanctions then being imposed upon Russia (for meddling in the 2016 elections).

  • OPINION: Legislation addresses opiod abuse, other issues

    The House has just concluded our third week of the 2017 session. As the days continue to pass, I am constantly reminded of how great our commonwealth can be and how dedicated our General Assembly is to making it even better.

  • OPINION: U.S. presidents and the great economic recession of the 21st century (part 3)

    2000-2008: The George W. Bush years

    President George W. Bush inherited the dot-com and growing housing bubbles.

    He recognized significant dangers in store for the economy. But, there were no easy, quick–hit solutions in sight.

    Bush called a halt to the Clinton administration’s arm-twisting of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, as well as the cajoling Wall Street financial institutions to “create” financial instruments to offload the growing mountain of junk debt.