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Columns

  • Opinion: Interim committees meet; job growth continues

    By Chad McCoy

    Although the General Assembly is not currently in session, the interim continues to be a productive time of the year for us, as your representatives in the House. This is the time when we join together with the Senate to hold committee meetings, gather testimony about important issues and compile information to formulate policy for the January 2018 legislative session.

  • Opinion: Where has our empathy gone?

    By Nelda Moore

    I look at the hate-filled faces in the crowds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville and wonder what makes them feel this way.

    I can understand hating an individual, and maybe his or her family. I can even understand a deep enough animosity to wish to inflict harm on one’s enemy. But what baffles me is the wholesale hate, culminating in violence toward a group of people who are, more than likely, total strangers — yet also fellow Americans.

  • Opinion: Retracing an old path

    By David Whitlock

    I exited the University of Louisville Hospital and hot-footed it up Chestnut Avenue toward Norton Hospital. I had suddenly changed courses, and having started in another direction, I quickened my pace.

    Although I had made a spontaneous decision, I had a reason for my journey.

  • Opinion: Slow mail costs money

    By Matthew Paxton IV

    Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?

    We found out a few years ago, when the postmaster general had to take away overnight first-class and periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress very soon.

  • Opinion: Recovering the conservative conscience

    Alexander Hamilton warned of a demagogue who would create chaos so he could “ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.”

    Today his words are prophetic.

    Hamilton was an undocumented immigrant, yet his contributions to our country are immeasurable.

    Sen. Jeff Flake appreciates the contributions of immigrants, though his own roots in the Old West go deep.

  • Opinion: Trump paints McConnell into a corner

    By Al Cross

    This is no time for equivocation. It is a time to speak clearly and plainly about bedrock principles of our country, because they are under attack. From the top.

    The president of the United States put white supremacists on the same moral plane as people who protest against them, one of whom was killed by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, Va., recently.

  • Opinion: The consequences of Trump’s rhetorical schizophrenia

    By Michael Gerson

    And so, on one day, we had an unhinged and divisive rant by Donald Trump in Phoenix. Then, the next day in Reno, a call for national unity and reconciliation. Multiple political personality disorder. Rhetorical schizophrenia.

  • Opinion: Never been here before

    By Garrison Keillor

    Anxious times in America. There was a news story a few weeks back, “Interrupted Sleep May Lead To Alzheimer’s,” and next to it, a wine review with the line “Vivacious and well balanced, with chewy tannins and flavors of fresh red fruits.” You know and I know that a vivacious beverage will not compensate for losing your marbles. And now, driving to California, I find that I must enter a password in order to change the time zone on my laptop clock. Evidently, someone is out to mess up my schedule and my clock must be secured.

  • OPINION: Nine presidents

    One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them. I met JFK twice for brief conversations. I don’t know our current president, but I’ve gained valuable perspective from his predecessors.

  • OPINION: A farce to be reckoned with

    “A farce to be reckoned with ” is the title of a two page editorial in the Summer 2017 issue of Vanity Fair, by editor Graydon Carter.