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Columns

  • 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.

  • OPINION: One more modest proposal
  • OPINION: Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

    “Whom the gods would destroy, they first tempt to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.” — Irving Kristol

    The quixotic American pursuit of Middle East peace is a perennial. It invariably fails, yet every administration feels compelled to give it a try. The Trump administration is no different.

  • OPINION: JFK at 100 — a legacy of real leadership

    The images we have of him are of youthful vigor and charm, so it’s hard to imagine that if he were still alive today, President John F. Kennedy would be 100 years old on Memorial Day.

    We can only wonder what he might have achieved in a second term as president or what kind of an elder statesman he would have been.

  • OPINION: Take a moment to observe Memorial Day

    The Memorial Day that we will observe nationally on Monday, May 29, had its beginning during the American Civil War — a turbulent time for Nelson County. More than 80 different Union units were involved in skirmishes and set up camps in the county during the war. The county’s turnpikes and railroads dictated the movement of many troops and supplies through the area — both Union and Confederate.

    In the end the Civil War would take the lives of over 600,000 soldiers nationally, both North and South, from 1861 to 1865.