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Columns

  • 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.

  • OPINION: So good to have him gone

    It was a great relief to have Mr. Twitter out of the country for nine whole days, and the entire country felt it, like when your neighbor with the busted muffler goes away for a while and takes his yappy dog with him, and you realize what a beautiful thing common civility can be. We were able to turn to the joys of life and forget the absurdities for a while.

  • OPINION: To die for Estonia?

    So what if, in his speech last week to NATO, Donald Trump didn’t explicitly reaffirm the provision that an attack on one is an attack on all?

    What’s the big deal? Didn’t he affirm a general commitment to NATO during his visit? Hadn’t he earlier sent his vice president and secretaries of state and defense to pledge allegiance to Article 5?

    And anyway, who believes that the United States would really go to war with Russia — and risk nuclear annihilation — over Estonia?

  • OPINION: Beshear reveals he supported gay marriage

    Gov. Steve Beshear was vilified by his erstwhile supporters for challenging a federal judge’s decision to overturn Kentucky’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but in his recently published memoir, he reveals that he was on their side.

    “People Over Politics,” which Beshear co-authored with his chief speechwriter, Dan Hassert, and had published by A Stronger Kentucky Inc., a charitable foundation, is an account of his eight years as governor, from 2007 through 2015.

  • OPINION: Drug problem continues to spur legislation

    A constituent of mine recently brought to my attention that too often we let the discussion about Kentucky’s drug scourge fall by the wayside. Admittedly, I believe that happens because no one has a good solution to the problem, and although we have made effort after effort to combat the epidemic, we still have little to show for it. In 2015, Kentucky’s heroin-related death rate increased to 6.9 deaths for every 100,000 people — 23 times the rate in 2009.

  • A tale of three conversations

    PEGGY SMITH
    Association Executive
    Old Ky Home  Board of Realtors

    Conversation 1

    Mr. Seller: I keep reading that it’s a seller’s market, and I have to agree. I decided to sell my home myself without hiring an agent.

    Friend: Are you sure that was the wisest thing to do?

  • Opinion: Applying Occam’s Razor to health care

    By Nelda Moore

    Occam’s Razor is an approach to solving problems by considering the simplest, least complicated answer. While that may not always work, we do seem to make some things far more complicated than they need to be. The most obvious example is the IRS’s Form 1040.

  • OPINION: Talking to the other side

    I’ve had a number of conversations recently that convince me our country is divided into two political camps separated by a deep and uncomfortably wide gap. No, I’m not talking about liberals and conservatives, or pro- and anti-Trump voters. I’m talking about people who believe in politics and our political system, and people who don’t.

  • OPINION: Fighting the opioid epidemic

    As many as two million Americans are struggling with prescription drug addiction across the nation. Tragically, heroin and opioid overdoses claim an average of 91 lives every day. This startling trend continues to get worse, especially here in Kentucky.

    But together, we can do more to fight back, and I will continue to assist those in Kentucky who are working to fight the epidemic.