• Can a candidate so hated by some be elected?

    Why do many people so ardently dislike Hillary Rodham Clinton?

  • Why should celebrities have a second set of rules?

    Track star Marion Jones is going to prison.

    She’s upset and rightfully so. Most people would be terrified of spending six months of their life in prison. She has asked for leniency. Her life, her lawyers reasoned in a CNN.com article, has already been turned upside down. She has been stripped of her gold medals, lost her credibility with the American public, is no longer a “track star” — the only job she has ever known — and has lost her wealth and public standing.

  • Election results echo of Tom Bradley

    Pollsters and pundits were quick to discount race and the so-called Bradley effect as factors in Barack Obama’s narrow loss to Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary. Given that the same pollsters and pundits (OK, me, too) were so wrong about the outcome, I think we ought to take a closer look.

    The phenomenon is named after the late Tom Bradley, who in 1982 seemed certain to become the first black governor of California. Polls showed Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles, with a double-digit lead over his white opponent, George Deukmejian. But Bradley lost.

  • My sad and pathetic, but real claims to fame

    Having only been a Bardstown resident since Dec. 8, I don’t have cable yet. I plan to get it — the rates are reasonable even with the increase — but I’ve been too busy unpacking and tying up loose ends for a two-week European adventure.

    Unpacking isn’t my favorite thing to do, and I needed some background noise recently to help me along. I had just found my scarce DVD collection, and on top was U2’s “Vertigo” tour. I popped it in and was reminded of one of my two pathetic, far-fetched claims to fame.

  • 2008 Legislative session underway

    It’s an exciting time to convene the General Assembly. We have much to concern us and a new administration with which to work. Primary among our concerns is drafting a responsible budget. You might recall that our constitution calls for us to remain in session until the middle of April. We have a responsibility to pass a budget in the allotted time; this has not been the case since we added a “short” session in the odd years. Compromises failed, requiring us to dedicate short or special sessions to passing a budget.

  • Written letters should not be a thing of the past

    There is something about receiving a letter via post that is completely magical. Can you remember as a child running to the mailbox to retrieve the mail in hopes of a crisp envelope addressed directly to you? It was like a daily present, anticipation and excitement mounted. The closer you got to the box, the sooner you might find that someone somewhere was thinking of you.

  • Resolutions for the new year include a gassy demon

    Happy New Year.

    I just wanted to throw that out there for my first column of 2008 to all my faithful readers. And I mean it, too.

  • Being second is great, but most don't remember

    Do the best, no matter the cost. Work hard to get ahead. Quitters never win. Stop crying, I didn’t mean to hit you in the eye with a baseball. These are things my father said to me as a kid. They’re as true now as back then.

    But one thing he never said that I learned on my own is when you’re first or best, everything else doesn’t matter. He used to call those who weren’t on top a “second-place winner.” I now look at it as being the first-place loser.

  • Take a step outside for a realistic view

    I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: People in Washington really should get out more.

  • When do we stop being excited about our age?

    “It’s my birthday and I’m 5!”

    My niece, Elizabeth, proclaimed this statement as she stretched out her left hand with all five of her fingers spread out in pronounced fashion as we walked through the door to her house last week.