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Columns

  • OPINION: Elected GOP critics are heroes of sanity, principle

    MICHAEL GERSON

    columnist

    michaelgerson@washpost.com

    The objections of some Trump critics to Republican politicians attempting to join them — they awakened too late, they are risking too little, their words are not direct enough, they are halfhearted hypocrites — are pure lunacy. Do Never Trumpers actually enjoy their righteous irrelevance? Do they fear being soiled by association with the complicit and compromised?

  • OPINION: If you want to change things ....

    Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    One of the gifts of living in a representative democracy is that voting is only one of the rights it confers. For ordinary people who want to make change - who in some way want to alter their neighborhood or town or state or even the nation — the promise exists that by dint of their own efforts they can do so. This is a precious gift.

  • OPINION: Trump followers threat to GOP, democracy

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    This column space is devoted to Kentucky politics, so you might expect to be reading about Republicans’ plan to rescue state pensions or the ethics complaint against Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes over access to voter files.

    But there’s still a lot more to know about those things, such as the pension bill’s language and its actuarial and budgetary analysis.

  • Opinion: Pensions are the No. 1 threat to financial stability

    Our public pension systems are in peril.

  • Opinion: University shell game losers

    By Margie Bradford

    There is no doubt that the losers in the gigantic charade of college student athletics are the athletes. They are the only ones who never find the nut under the rapidly moving shell.

    They are essentially giving away the best years of their earning ability, while others are reaping millions of dollars for their efforts. It is little wonder that schemes to capitalize even more on these athletes, by offering under-the-table deals and money, are rampant.

  • Opinion: National and world threats

    By Dr. Harry Spalding

  • Opinion: It’s tragic our cemeteries are in such disrepair

    By Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Ezekiel from the Old Testament needed an army, so God called forth an army of corpses, and Ezekiel won the battle.

    Corpses did not win America’s Revolutionary War, but several of these valiant men spent their last days in Nelson County. The Nelson County Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R) celebrated Halloween early and took a Ghost Soldier Tour Monday, Oct. 2.

  • OPINION: ‘Keeping the promise’

    “Keeping the Promise,” our plan to save Kentucky’s pension systems, keeps the promise made to Kentucky’s current employees while also meeting the legal and moral obligations we owe to those who have already retired. Promises made are promises kept.

    Make no mistake: There will be no changes, clawbacks or reductions to the paychecks of current retirees, and there will be protections for health care benefits. That is a promise you can literally take to the bank.

  • OPINION: It’s about time girls were welcome

    I was selling popcorn with my boys last weekend for Cub Scouts when one of our customers struck up a conversation that started me thinking.

    She voiced her opposition to the recent decision by Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join starting in 2018. In fact, she was of the opinion they were “forced to.” I guess because she just assumed it was by a court ruling or something.

  • OPINION: The old obit man looks around

    When I was 20, I dropped out of college and got a job with a morning newspaper whose city editor Mr. Walt Streightiff put me to work writing obituaries of ordinary men and women whose deaths were not considered newsworthy. Other reporters handled crime, natural disasters, City Hall, sports, fatal accidents, high finance, visiting celebrities, and what was called “human interest,” meaning heartwarming stories, usually involving children. I was in charge of ordinary cold death.