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Columns

  • Opinon: Tradition, regulations and laws decide flag displays

    The Stars and Stripes have long represented the values and history of the United States, but oftentimes we do not know or fully understand how to respect “Old Glory’s” presence. Today, we celebrate the annual Flag Day to honor our nation’s emblem. In light of that holiday, Memorial Day, and the quickly-approaching Fourth of July, I thought it relevant to share some of the United States’ tradition, regulations, and laws pertaining to the American flag, all of which can be found in various government publications.

  • Opinion: Will voters remember casting ballots for Trump?

    By Terry Welshans

    I must be nearly the only person who voted for Richard Nixon in 1968 or in 1972, as I have spoken with only a few who recall voting for him. I find that surprising as he carried almost every state in both elections, with only one state voting for George McGovern in 1972, thereby losing the 14 Electoral College votes in Massachusetts and one lone vote in Virginia.

  • You can’t govern by id

    By Charles Krauthammer

    Having coined Bush Derangement Syndrome more than a decade ago, I feel authorized to weigh in on its most recent offshoot. What distinguishes Trump Derangement Syndrome is not just general hysteria about the subject, but additionally the inability to distinguish between legitimate policy differences on the one hand and signs of psychic pathology on the other.

  • Opinion: What’s the big deal about Paris?

    By Garrison Keillor

  • Opinion: Congress needs to reassert itself on use of force

    By Lee H. Hamilton

    The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S. forces in 10 or more countries — all of this suggests a growing comfort with the idea of putting our troops in dangerous places.

  • Opinion: SPJ to Bevin: Don’t mess with the press

    Two things Gov. Matt Bevin should understand:

    First, the press is not his enemy.

    Second, he doesn’t want to make an enemy of the press. That would not turn out well for him or us.

    This week, the Society of Professional Journalists scolded the governor for his statements ridiculing one of the best in the business: Tom Loftus of The Courier-Journal, who has covered state government in Kentucky longer than I’ve worked for newspapers and is scrupulously independent and nonpartisan.

  • Opinion: A good day contemplating a great book

    I’m sitting in a screened-in porch overlooking a small lake about a mile from the Abbey of Gethsemani. I’m enjoying a few days of quiet before leading a retreat here at Bethany Spring called “A Breakthrough with Thomas Merton.”

    As idyllic as it is here, I find my heart wants to speak about the state of the world. I remember Merton doing the same from his hermitage the last couple of years of his life. Sometimes it takes leaving the world for a while to see it more clearly.

  • Opinion: Bunning offers example for Bevin, Trump

    People remember the former senator and Hall of Famer Jordan Kellogg.

    At a time when our governor and our president make baseless accusations against journalists and news organizations that are trying to hold them accountable, while largely avoiding questions from the same, my thoughts turn fondly to Jim Bunning.

    Fondly? Jim Bunning? The U.S. senator and Hall of Fame pitcher who was known for his pugnacious public attitude with most folks, especially reporters? Yes, that Jim Bunning, the one who died May 26. May he rest in peace.

  • Opinion: What we learn when school’s out for summer

    By Rachel Filkins Turner

    The end of a school year, and the promise of the idle months ahead, is a grand thing when you’re a kid.

    Riding bikes, splashing in a pool, ice cream anytime you want, and spending time with friends … It almost makes me want to go back to school just to have something to look forward to that much. Almost.

    Of course, roll in the fact that the last few weeks of school are much like a celebration, and kids have literally nothing ahead come May but blue skies.

  • Opinion: A moment in a day in the life ...

    “A Day in the Life.”

    It is the title to one of the Beatles songs on the “Sgt. Pepper” album, which many are celebrating this month after its release 50 years ago.

    I am a huge Beatles fan, but this was not one of my favorite songs of theirs. It was quite dark, seemed to be a bit erratic in structure and theme, and just did not fit into my taste for rock music. It was different, but like most songs, it goes deeper than just words that rhyme and a good beat. It truly was a day in the life.