• OPINION: Remnants of our dark past won’t die

    One of the oddest things I’ve ever seen was a little black girl smiling and waving a Confederate battle flag in the Jessamine Jamboree parade.

    I had written a commentary about the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ plan to protest the Chamber of Commerce’s decision not to allow them to display the flag in the parade. Symbols of the Lost Cause, I said, belonged in a museum, not on Main Street.

    It backfired. Supporters of the Old South came out in full force, and there were rebel flags everywhere, including in the parade.

  • OPINON:Government regulations transformed an industry

    John Swarts

    Community Columnist

    I read the following Facebook entry from one of my Facebook friends. The emotion that this request for opinions about which washing machine technology is better stirred up very passionate responses. So I decided to devote my column to what I discovered in examining the old versus the new washer technologies.

    A friend made this Facebook post: “We are in the market for a new washer and dryer … things have changed quite a bit since I was last in the market.”

  • OPINION: A prayer for Charlottesville

    David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist


    One of the deacons in my church prefaced his offertory prayer this past Sunday with a prayer of another kind, not one having to do with the offering itself but nonetheless a most appropriate prayer for the hour in which we Americans find ourselves once again.

  • OPINION: Venezuela descends into chaos, Trump admin unhelpful

    “How can you govern when 75 percent of the country is against you,” Henrique Capriles, de facto leader of the Venezuelan opposition, asked recently.

    He was pointing to a poll indicating Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan President, only had a 23 percent approval rating. Capriles, for his part, narrowly lost to Maduro in the 2013 Presidential elections and was, in April, banned from holding office for 15 years.

  • OPINION: Fragile eyes and darkening skies

    Vision. No, not the kind where you have a dream or idea about future plans. While that is good too, what I am talking about is literal vision, the gift of sight. I know firsthand how valuable it can be. A couple weeks ago, I finally broke down and did something about mine. Cataract surgery is about 30 very uncomfortable minutes on a hospital table with someone poking around in your eye with a needle, but in the end, it was more than worth it.

  • COLUMN: In the republic of marriage

    My wife has gone East for a couple weeks and now there is nobody to say, “You’re not wearing that tie with that shirt, are you?” Nobody to point discreetly at her left nostril and hand me a tissue. Nobody to remind me of the name of that woman with the glasses (Liz) whom I ought to know — I told my wife, “Her and me went to school together” so that she’d have the satisfaction of saying “She and I.” “No,” I said, “I don’t think you went to our school.”

  • COLUMN: For wisdom, Trump should visit White House library

    Donald Trump doesn’t spare much time for reading. “I never have,” he explains. “I’m always busy doing a lot.”

    But what he is now busy doing is managing a global crisis with nuclear dimensions and historical precedents. One adviser, Sebastian Gorka, has said, “This is analogous to the Cuban missile crisis.” Which demonstrates how a little bedside reading might come in handy.

  • COLUMN: Rough road not over for McConnell

    As Mitch McConnell comes home to Kentucky for a Senate recess after a disappointing summer, he has time to reflect. And listen. And figure.

    In 2014, he overcame intraparty opposition and bad poll numbers to win his sixth term, and his party won control of the Senate — making him majority leader, the job he had sought for a third of his life.

  • COLUMN: Summer safety is still worth discussing

    Last year, I published a column about summer safety, and I wanted to bring it up again this year. Although many children are back in school, the summer heat and fun will continue and with it, the chance for injuries and sicknesses that can easily be prevented. Take a moment to review these tips to ensure your family’s safety.

  • Opinion: The trick is to keep on going

    By Doug Whitlock

    “Do you know the code to get out?” she asked me.

    “Indeed, I do,” I told her.

    “Good, I’ll walk out with you.”

    Like me, she had been visiting someone in the long-term care facility.

    “Do you have a friend or relative here?” I asked as we stepped down the stairs.