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Columns

  • Opinion: War of words is easier than governing

    By Al Cross

    Having gained full control of Frankfort and near-full control of Washington in the last two years, Republicans have found that governing is much harder than throwing rhetorical bombs – especially when their own chief executives keep tossing such explosives.

    Gov. Matt Bevin revived his occasional impression of President Donald Trump last week, railing against teachers who would summarily retire because of big changes he wants to the state’s pension systems.

  • Opinion: Homework doesn’t end with a diploma

    Warning: This column may or may not be fake news. It all really depends on you. I have written in the past about the assault the news media is facing from people who have doubts about what they read, see and hear from their media sources. I agree, you should have doubts, you should have questions, and you should be critical. For if you are not, you are underinformed, ill-informed on just simply not informed.

  • OPINION: Who needs to step up?

    Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    An interesting thing keeps happening to me. Every few days, someone — an acquaintance, a colleague, even a stranger on the street — approaches me. They ask some version of the same question: What can we do to pull ourselves out of this dark period?

  • OPINION: Keep right unless passing. It’s the law.

    On the back of the 18-wheeler were two signs. The one on the left said: “Passing side,” the one on the right: “Suicide.”

    I got the message. It was harsh but effective, so I remember it years later.

    You don’t want to pass a semi on the right. The trucker won’t see you, and if he tries to move back into the right lane, it’s going to ruin your day and his.

    Seldom is there a need to pass on the right. Unfortunately, some people drive in the left lane, causing others to have to pass on the right.

  • Opinion: Interim committees meet; job growth continues

    By Chad McCoy

    Although the General Assembly is not currently in session, the interim continues to be a productive time of the year for us, as your representatives in the House. This is the time when we join together with the Senate to hold committee meetings, gather testimony about important issues and compile information to formulate policy for the January 2018 legislative session.

  • Opinion: Where has our empathy gone?

    By Nelda Moore

    I look at the hate-filled faces in the crowds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville and wonder what makes them feel this way.

    I can understand hating an individual, and maybe his or her family. I can even understand a deep enough animosity to wish to inflict harm on one’s enemy. But what baffles me is the wholesale hate, culminating in violence toward a group of people who are, more than likely, total strangers — yet also fellow Americans.

  • Opinion: Retracing an old path

    By David Whitlock

    I exited the University of Louisville Hospital and hot-footed it up Chestnut Avenue toward Norton Hospital. I had suddenly changed courses, and having started in another direction, I quickened my pace.

    Although I had made a spontaneous decision, I had a reason for my journey.

  • Opinion: Slow mail costs money

    By Matthew Paxton IV

    Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?

    We found out a few years ago, when the postmaster general had to take away overnight first-class and periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress very soon.

  • Opinion: Recovering the conservative conscience

    Alexander Hamilton warned of a demagogue who would create chaos so he could “ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.”

    Today his words are prophetic.

    Hamilton was an undocumented immigrant, yet his contributions to our country are immeasurable.

    Sen. Jeff Flake appreciates the contributions of immigrants, though his own roots in the Old West go deep.

  • Opinion: Trump paints McConnell into a corner

    By Al Cross

    This is no time for equivocation. It is a time to speak clearly and plainly about bedrock principles of our country, because they are under attack. From the top.

    The president of the United States put white supremacists on the same moral plane as people who protest against them, one of whom was killed by a neo-Nazi in Charlottesville, Va., recently.