• COLUMN: Quit picking on the smokers

    It’s always the smokers that they pick on.

    In general, our society has gotten more tolerant of people’s struggles with addiction, at least when it comes to alcohol, drugs and other vices. Much of that change has come thanks to more research into the science of addiction and efforts to educate the public and authorities about it.

    But when it comes to nicotine addiction, and especially smokers, the sympathy ends.

  • OPINION: Imagine the politics of the common good

    We all know what “politics for profit” looks like. And then there’s “the politics of fear.” But can you imagine what “the politics of the common good” might look like?

  • This is what a beautiful small town looks like

    Association Executive
    Old Ky Home  Board of Realtors


    The Old Kentucky Home Board of Realtors is a professional organization chartered back in 1965 for the purpose of providing support, education and assistance for the most dedicated real estate agents, knowing that cooperation was vital to having a thriving and ethical market in the area.

  • Opinion: Budget plan, pensions highlight busy week

    Receiving the Commonwealth’s two-year, multi-billion dollar budget plan from our colleagues in the House highlighted one of our busiest weeks yet in the Senate last week as we reached the two-thirds point of the 2018 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Hundreds of visitors from all corners of Kentucky packed committee hearings and rallied for important causes in a week that saw no shortage of legislative activity.

  • Opinion: Hope Hicks’s many opportunities

    By Alexandra Petri

    After admitting to the House Intelligence Committee that she was occasionally called upon to tell “white lies” for the president, Hope Hicks has announced that she is leaving the White House. She says these things are not related. She stayed for many Scaramuccis longer than her predecessor. But in the end it got her, too. It always does. She was the Final Girl, hoping against Hope to make it through, but she should never have gone into that House in the first place.

  • Opinion: Time to protect workers from unions’ coercion

    By Marc A. Thiessen

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is ostensibly a public worker union. In truth, it is nothing more than an appendage of the Democratic Party. One hundred percent of its political contributions go to Democrats, and it works tirelessly to increase government spending and stop Republicans who want to reform state government.

  • Opinion: Where to start? Fix the budget process

    By Lee Hamilton

    You could choose any number of marquee dilemmas to illustrate how broken congressional politics has become. Guns, Russian interference, climate change — Americans want progress on all of them and get little from Capitol Hill. But to my mind, nothing illustrates the dire state of our politics better than how we act on the federal budget.

  • Column: It’s not too late to think about dying

    By David Whitlock

    It’s been a little more than two weeks since Ash Wednesday. If you received the ashes, they’ve long since disappeared from your forehead.

    Maybe you missed it this year; perhaps Ash Wednesday and the observance of Lent is just not something you do.

    Whether you did or didn’t, it’s not too late to stop and reflect on where you are now, and where you will be at the end of the 40 days of Lent, and further, where you will be at the end of what we call “life on planet Earth.”

  • Opinion: To me, the takeaway is fairly simple

    By Nelda Moore

    I doubt there’s anything new to say about school shootings, no points that haven’t been dissected and discussed, all to little avail if no one’s listening. With news-to-order the rule now, too few of us get exposed to thoughts outside what we already think we know.

  • Opinion: Our pension reform bill has been filed

    After weeks of anticipation and months of discussions and meetings with stakeholders, the Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus filed its comprehensive pension reform bill as Senate Bill (SB) 1 on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

    While SB 1 marked the filing of one of the most significant pieces of legislation of the 2018 session, we continued to hold committee meetings and voted bills out of the Senate chamber, making for another busy week in Frankfort.