• Tax reform is a political bomb no one wants to touch

    By Al Cross

    The catchphrase of Gov. Matt Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth and budget speech Tuesday night was “get our financial house in order.” But if you listened closely, you heard the same message as last year: We need more money.

    “Nobody likes the idea of having to cut budgets. Nobody likes the idea of having to make these difficult decisions. There is not enough money,” Bevin said without qualification as he began to wrap up.

  • Hope is that a tight budget gets us back on track

    Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the state, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week.

  • Opinion: Graduating from rehab is a milestone

    By David Whitlock

    As they entered the meeting room, everyone present clapped and cheered, like they were welcoming a couple of rock stars.

    But they weren’t celebrities; they were simply two young men who months ago admitted they had a problem and decided to do something about it.

    Now they were graduating from the program at CenterPoint Recovery Center in Paducah. This was a milestone for both of them.

    “Hi, I’m Levi, and I’m an alcoholic,” the first one began.

  • Opinion: Boots on the ground

    By John Swarts


  • Cellphone addiction? Blame lies with parents

    Jim Paxton

    Publisher, Paducah Sun

    “It’s society’s fault” is psychobabble that dates back to the 1960s. It is a view, popular in that era (and somewhat so today), that people should not be blamed for becoming criminals if they are born into bad social settings.

    This view is the antithesis of personal responsibility. Its fallacy is reflected in the fact that millions of Americans have, during our history, emerged from terrible life situations to become outstanding and successful contributors to the nation.

  • Opinion: Bills are passing and budget talks are coming

    The threat of extreme winter weather conditions caused us to call off session in Frankfort on Friday, but not before we passed significant bills in the Senate earlier in the week. We hit the ground running during the second week of the 2018 session — standing committees met to discuss and pass bills, which then went to the Senate floor for a full vote.

  • Opinion: The president’s words matter

    By David Shams

    Community Columnist

    The president’s words matter.

    Precisely because we hold our elected officials — especially our presidents — to a higher standard, the comments by the current occupier of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave strike a concerning cord.

    As someone with a strongly held belief in the sanctity of the presidency, I am deeply troubled by the president’s words last week and during his tenure overall.

  • Column: The somewhat revised art of the deal

    President Trump is a master negotiator.

    This is a non-negotiable fact and thus, if Trump negotiates somewhat differently than might have been anticipated from his reputation, published works or a study of the meaning of the word “negotiation,” it is our understanding of what “negotiation” means that must be updated.

  • Column: In Trump’s White House, it’s survival of the servile

    White House staffers have two general objectives: to serve the president and to please the president. The two do not always coincide.

    I can recall, as a policy adviser to President George W. Bush, sending him articles and columns (including some by Nicholas Kristof) savaging the administration’s reaction to the unfolding Darfur genocide. Predictably, Bush called me into the Oval Office to vent against the unfairness of the criticism. Just as typically, he ended the meeting by telling me a series of steps he was taking to review and toughen our policy.

  • Column: MLK and the arc of the moral universe

    The words have become a mantra for progressives.

    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote 60 years ago. But he was quoting another pastor, the Rev. Theodore Parker, who first wrote those words in 1810, before the Civil War.