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Columns

  • OPINION: Calvin: An unlikely messenge

    David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist

    drdavid@davidbwhitlock.com

    The Lord often sends his messengers through unlikely people. Calvin is one of them, at least he has been for me.

    I want to be more like Calvin.

    But, at first, I was leery of him. A friend warned me before the worship service one Sunday: “There’s a man, I’d guess to be in his late 60s, early 70s, who we picked up on the bus today — says he wants to ‘testify’ in the service. Just thought I’d warn you.”

  • OPINION: McConnell vs. Trump is his biggest challenge yet

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    Mitch McConnell has been planning to run for re-election to the Senate from Kentucky in 2020. Now it seems he may be running an earlier campaign, for re-election in 2018 as majority leader.

  • OPINION: Donald Trump is my brother

    Folks who have read my op-eds before may think they are hallucinating right now, but let me assure you, you are not. Donald Trump is my brother. And as Jesus, our mutual brother taught: They will know you are a follower of mine by the love you show one another. Even if I had not been a life-long follower of Jesus, Donald Trump would have still been my brother. Let me explain.

  • Opinion: On Donald Trump and Puerto Rico

    By Terry Welshans

    First, let’s look at the magnitude of the problem, in terms of mainland America. Think about a population of U.S. citizens equal to that of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming combined, or that of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont combined.

    Think of the number of households that are in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. Think of the number of ports, roads and cellular towers in the Seattle metropolitan area. Think about the entire San Diego metropolitan area losing electrical power.

  • COLUMN: Every day is an adventure in America

    I went through airport security Monday and neglected to take my laptop out of my briefcase and place it in a separate plastic bin and was properly chastised by a TSA lady who put her hands on her hips and said, “I just got done telling you about laptops!”

    Not many 75-year-old men from Minnesota are out to blow up an airliner, but of course it only takes one, and she was right to say, “Did you not hear me, sir?” in that sardonic tone of voice.

  • COLUMN: The GOP desperately needs the charisma of conviction

    WASHINGTON — Not long ago, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., — the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee and a man physically incapable of hyperventilation — questioned Donald Trump’s “stability” and “competence.” Now he has said that chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are the “people that help separate our country from chaos.”

  • COLUMN: Election reform is about more than fraud

    A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is unlikely without a strong bipartisan voice.”

  • COLUMN: Thoughts on fall, All Hallows Eve and Advent

    The calendar says Sept. 22 was the beginning of fall, but the mercury says otherwise.

    The first few days of autumn were hot, and the air so humid you could almost drink it. This past week, it was in the 80s almost every day. If we don’t get cooler days and rain soon, we won’t see those beautiful fall colors.

  • COLUMN: Time to pay the tab on pensions

    A lot has been written and said about Kentucky’s pension crisis and I have followed it closely as I am a pensioner myself. But I’ve yet to see an honest, straightforward explanation as to how we got in this shape. In fact, all I’ve seen has been so carefully worded — some might even say so euphemistically worded — that I fear those of you not intimately involved with KERS (Kentucky Employees Retirement System) are missing the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

  • Opinion: Much work to be done during interim session

    Autumn is already upon us as we celebrate the return of fall colors and cooler weather. In advance of the special session, members of the Kentucky General Assembly have been busy during the interim period. Although we are not in session currently, there are many issues that face our commonwealth that can be addressed outside of the convened legislative body including hearing from citizens across the state about issues that directly affect them.