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Columns

  • KEILLOR: A new idea about Amelia
  • KRAUTHAMMER: Sessions lessons

    Transparency, thy name is Trump, Donald Trump. No filter, no governor, no editor lies between his impulses and his public actions. He tweets, therefore he is.

    Ronald Reagan was so self-contained and impenetrable that his official biographer was practically driven mad trying to figure him out. Donald Trump is penetrable, hourly.

  • COLUMN: The triumph and tragedy of Julian Carroll

    Julian Carroll was governor when I was in high school, but all I knew about him was that he was a moralistic Southern Democrat like Jimmy Carter.

  • COLUMN: Observations of a murder trial

    Our Constitution guarantees every U.S. citizen the right to a trial by a jury of his peers, but those proceedings are exceedingly rare in our criminal justice system.

  • Friends are the greatest blessing in life

    By Billy Holland

    I was thinking the other day about how wonderful it is to have friends and how rare it is to have good ones.

    I believe we can all agree there are levels and categories with the people we know that range from those who seem like brothers or sisters to the casual acquaintance.

  • Opinion: Applied microeconomics and macroeconomics

    By John Swarts

    The next couple of articles I will craft deal with a study of the fundamental underpinning of a free market economy. My aim is not to make all readers ardent defenders of the capitalist system. But, I firmly believe that once you better understand some of the key nuances of economics, you will become better equipped to face the economic challenges we all encounter in life. This “economic education” may better equip us to make this a better place for future generations

  • Opinion: The prodigal in you

    By David Whitlock

    His eyes darted first to his right, then to his left, like he was looking for an exit that didn’t exist. I could feel his agitation, reminding me of when as a boy, I had stopped at Swain’s pet shop on the way home from school, and gazing at the pitiful, caged raccoon scratching to escape his confinement, felt sorrowful for him.

    This man had been had. And now there was no place for him to land but home.

    As Robert Frost said, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”

  • Opinion: Keeping it simple is not that easy

    I have enjoyed being a part of the We The People series. If for no other reason, it has given me the opportunity to reconnect with the U.S. Constitution every month or so.

    No matter how many times I read this document, I feel I learn something new or at least reaffirm my relationship to what it says and what it means.

  • Opinion: Is technology killing our humanity?

    By Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Last month, this column’s topic was lack of communication in the college classroom. As stated last month, online classes are an easy way to obtain a degree without any formal communication, yet some younger people insist that online conversations and friendships are real.

    Social media — Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram — make it easier for teens to interact with people from other areas.

  • OPINION: McConnell facing biggest test as leader

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    This column is on a less frequent schedule for the summer, but one of its favorite subjects has been especially busy since our last visit.