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Columns

  • Goodbye is scary, but sometimes necessary

    By David Whitlock

    Goodbyes can be frightening when they hold the possibility of prolonged separation and being forgotten.

    You don’t have to be on your deathbed to feel that.

    I can see it already in my 2-year-old grandson, Eli Benson.

    I let him drive my car. Don’t worry, he doesn’t really drive. But don’t tell him, because he thinks he does. Eli meets me at the front door with determined eyes and declares, “Eli drive Poppop’s vroom vroom.”

  • The other big Election Day story

    By Al Cross

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell still has a chance of being ousted on Nov. 4, but even if he wins a sixth term and becomes only the second Kentuckian to lead a Senate majority, that might not be the day’s most historic development in Kentucky.

  • Talking to the dead – a skeptic’s story

    When my niece was a toddler, my sister was startled to hear her laughing and talking to someone when only the two of them were home.

    “Who are you talking to?”” Kim asked when she burst into her daughter’s bedroom.

    “That lady there in the window,” Kamille answered. “She’s waving to me.”

    There was no one at the window.

  • On school visits, pensions and the road fund

    It’s been a busy week and I have enjoyed the opportunity to visit six schools in the district and present how our government works through the Legislators Back to School program. My friend and colleague, Rep. David Floyd, joined me and we were able to provide our perspectives on government to schoolchildren.

    This is an especially exciting time to discuss our representative process in the midst of so many elections all across Kentucky and the nation.

  • Bluegrass State turning deeper shade of red

    One of the most significant but overlooked stories of this election season is a new Gallup poll that shows more Kentuckians identify with the Republican Party or lean Republican than identify with the Democratic brand.

    The poll, conducted between Jan. 1 and June 30, shows that 45 percent of Kentuckians favor the GOP, compared to 39 percent who identify as Democrats or lean that way.

  • The Islamic State fight is turning into a ‘dumb’ war

    “I don’t oppose all wars,” said Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, in 2002. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.”

  • The poll tax that wasn’t

    When the Supreme Court rejected a petition to stop a Texas voter-ID law from going into effect for the midterms, the left commenced its wailing and gnashing of teeth.

    In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the law “purposely discriminatory,” and everyone piled in behind her with denunciations of the Lone Star State’s blatant racism.

  • McConnell is not the person we need

    By Margie Bradford

    Does anyone remember January 2009?

    Barack Obama was sworn into office at what could arguably be called the worst time possible to be president of the United States. The stock market was in free fall, the unemployment rate was headed for double digits, and the housing market was in a downward spiral, taking the rest of the economy with it.

    George W. Bush was exiting the scene, leaving us with the largest federal deficit ever recorded, having squandered the Clinton-era budget surplus.

  • October is also time to be aware of bullying

    Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Community Columnist

    rbrothers57@gmail.com

    Not only is October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s also National Bullying Prevention Month.

    Bullying has been around since the dawn of time. I doubt that when Cain took that donkey’s jaw to Abel was the first time Cain had bullied his brother.

  • Flim-flam in Kentucky’s Senate debate

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    Just as we feared in this space last week, there was flim-flam in Kentucky’s only U.S. Senate debate, mainly from incumbent Mitch McConnell, but now challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes is having her cake and eating it too, on a big issue that wasn’t even mentioned in the hour on KET.