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Columns

  • Can telling the truth ever be a bad idea?

    Ever find yourself in a contradictory position? Here is mine:

    a) A true dislike of most political advertising, in general, and detesting, in particular, negative advertising.

    b) Approval of Greg Fischer’s television commercials and his Web site which points to the baggage that Bruce Lunsford carries.

  • Take a look around, the enemy is us

    I suppose the one saving grace of the human race is that virtually all of our problems are self-inflicted. Theoretically at least, if we are the cause of the problems, we should be able to provide the cure or correction.

    Hopefully, the Democratic Party will learn from this experience that it is not a good idea to award delegates on a proportional basis. If the primaries had been winner-take-all, the party would have had its nominee long ago and could be chopping on the Republican tree.

  • Even an unscientific poll is sometimes right

    Each week on our Web site at www.kystandard.com, we pose a question to our readers. We’ve asked questions about the war in Iraq, Christmas shopping spending habits and even Paris Hilton. Our poll is not scientific. We don’t make sure our respondents are a representative cross-section of the population regarding age, gender or race. If you want to answer, you can. If you don’t, then no harm, no foul.

  • Campaigns running on false promises

    There’s something maddening about this presidential campaign. It has become irrelevant whether anything the candidates say actually makes sense. All that matters is how their words will “play” with voters who are presumed to be too stupid to realize that they’re the ones being played.

  • High gas prices may have a positive effect

    I have three new things in my life. One is called Yaris. The other two are called Agnes and Olive.

    Yaris is a car and Agnes and Olive are cats, but they’re all about the same size.

    I’m exaggerating, but only a little. The Toyota Yaris is so small that at first glance, you’d swear it is a death trap. I checked the safety rating before I bought it, however, and it measures up to cars twice its size. Plus, it gets superb gas mileage, which is becoming more important every day.

  • Derby spirit has not caught up with me yet

    This Saturday is one of Kentucky’s most revered events. Pretty dresses, fancy hats, men in suits, cigars, mint juleps oh, and horses of course. It’s Kentucky Derby Day — Kentucky’s pride and joy. The day to show off what products the state’s rich bluegrass region has created.

    I suppose every place has a time that is very specifically theirs. It seems to me that Louisville and Lexington are the epicenters of horse fever. Louisville for the Derby and activities and Lexington as home to many, many horse farms.

  • Real Jedi confessions from a Star Wars fan

    A long time ago in a galaxy far far away ee there lived a little girl who fell in love with “Star Wars.” I can’t remember the first time I saw it, but from the beginning I was hooked.

    In defense of my fellow “Star Wars” fans, you can be a fan without being a fanatic. Everyone who is a “Star Wars” fan doesn’t stand in line dressed in costumes and spend all their days in the online universe continuing the saga in their basements. But there are those of you out there, the diehards.

  • Life isn't fair, but what can we do about it?

    “Life isn’t fairee” is another of those adages that carries truth.

    I think about that wisdom sometimes when I am praying the Catholic prayer, Stations of the Cross. This walking prayer includes a 5th Station where Simon of Cyrene is forced to help Jesus carry his cross.

  • Politics get in the way of real government

    Do we listen with our hearts anymore? Can we not find more that we can agree upon, particularly if we each give a bit, to find a happy medium? Whatever happened to the concept of agreeing to disagree, shaking hands, rolling up one’s sleeves and setting about to find compromise?

  • The Presidential race that wouldn't die

    Who picked this movie? A few months ago, the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination looked as if it would be the feel-good political campaign of the decade, if not the century. We settled in for a heartwarming sequel to “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Instead, we’re having to endure an endless loop of “Alien vs. Predator,” a grisly piece of cinema in which all-powerful extraterrestrials battle for ultimate supremacy while mere humans become collateral damage.

    Somebody make it stop.