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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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?