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Columns

  • OPINION: Why bipartisanship?

    Back in March, two young members of Congress from Texas, Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd, became brief internet celebrities. Unable to fly back to Washington because of a snowstorm, the two hit the road together, tweeting and livestreaming their trip north. They fielded questions along the way on everything from the war on drugs to immigration — and so ended up holding what O’Rourke called “the longest cross-country livestream town hall in the history of the world.”

  • OPINION: Beauty is truth, and truth is factual

    Truth begins with facts. Facts are solid, like bricks. You build a house out of facts, the wolf won’t blow it down. But you drop a fact on your foot, it hurts.

  • OPINION: Feinstein is off-base to demand judges be secularists

    Some political tastes linger in the mouth like spoiled milk or a bad oyster.

    Consider the shockingly shabby treatment recently accorded by some Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame who is being considered for a position on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Her questioners displayed a confusion of the intellect so profound, a disregard for constitutional values so reckless, that it amounts to anti-religious bigotry.

  • OPINION: Savor Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Month responsibly

    September is Kentucky Bourbon Heritage Month, a time for bourbon lovers to celebrate our signature industry’s many contributions to the commonwealth’s history, culture and economy.

    From the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival to new brand expressions and sampling events all over Kentucky, this month also is the perfect time to reflect on our commitment to the responsible and moderate consumption of alcohol.

  • OPINION: Bringing Kentucky priorities to Washington

    During the month of August, I traveled across Kentucky meeting with constituents to hear their concerns, to update them on the Senate’s business and to ask how I can assist them in Washington. I value the time I spend with my fellow Kentuckians, and these conversations at home help me serve my constituents in Washington.

  • Kentucky’s signature industry continues to grow

    By Kim Huston

    NCEDA President

    Bourbon is booming, and this week we’ll see further evidence of that as Bardstown — the Bourbon Capital of the World — hosts the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. In 2016, 53,000 people from 44 states as well as the District of Columbia and 14 different countries attended the festival, and we are looking forward to an even more successful 2017 festival.

  • Opinion: On American medical care

    By Dr. Harry Spalding

    I started practicing in the relative teen age of modern medicine, when the first of the new powerful effective medicines were first being used. Penicillin and sulfa drugs were coming into common usage as anti-infectants, and penicillin could be given only by shots. Thiazide diuretics and reserpine were the first really effective drugs for hypertension? Before that only phenobarbital and a low salt diet were the treatments. Thank God insulin was an effective treatment for diabetes, and nitroglycerin for heart attacks.

  • Opinion: Keep yourself from becoming tone deaf

    By Terry Welshans

    Have you ever heard of someone being “tone deaf?” It’s an old expression meaning that a person cannot tell one tone or sound from another.

    It perfectly describes me, as I cannot carry a tune or play an instrument in any reasonable fashion.

  • OPINION: Jumping in with both feet

    What is it about dogs?

    Readers might recall a few weeks ago I wrote about the deal I had made with my youngest son to get a dog. He worked for a month to earn it, and my wife and I held up our end of the bargain.

    We weren’t overly excited about adding a new responsibility to our lives. We are both professionals with demanding jobs who are raising two boys, but Quinn had wanted a dog since he was 2 years old.

  • Opinion: Houston, we have a problem ...

    If my heart could speak about the suffering I saw in Houston last week, it would ask, “Where was the leader who was obliged to protect them?” Every president says that his first obligation is to keep the people of the United States safe. Where was that protection for the people of Houston and the Gulf Coast from climate creakdown?