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Columns

  • OPINION:Real newspapers, real news

    ROLLIE ATKINSON

    Guest Columnist

    “Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats.

  • OPINION: Conservative cartoon conundrums

    As an editor I field more than a few complaints. That’s just how it goes in this job and many others. You hear more from the people who are unhappy than the people who are happy. It can be hard to remember when you have someone call you up and complain about something in the paper, that is one reader out of 7,000.

    But I try to listen to our readers’ concerns and engage them. Sometimes we can work out an issue. Other times people just need to vent.

  • Opinion: Just asking

    By David Whitlock

    I left my house by 5 a.m., drove to Louisville to pray with a parishioner who was undergoing a complicated and major surgical procedure, drove back to Lebanon, and walked into the church office by about 10 a.m. Hearing someone speaking loudly to me from the other end of the hallway, I turned around to make sure he was addressing me.

    He was.

    “Well, it must be nice not to have to come to work until 10 o’clock,” he hollered.

  • RIVER RAT: Ugly times

    College basketball and football fans love to gnash their teeth about the NCAA and its lack of even-handedness when disciplining its member schools. Here in the Bluegrass State, the eternal impasse with North Carolina is a particular cause célèbre.

    There have been threats in recent years of schools making up the “Power Five” conferences (SEC, Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, ACC) splitting off and going their own way, so as to keep a bigger piece of the TV pie.

  • OPINION: WE THE PEOPLE: Representation requires people to show up

    “We the People” is a misnomer.

    It should read, “We Some People,” “We Involved People,” or “We the Special Interest People.”

  • OPINION: Firefighters need practice

    Firefighters need practice to be prepared when a real emergency occurs. Most of the houses used for controlled live-fire training are ready for demolition, so it is a win/win situation for everyone involved. The city loses an eyesore and the firefighters gain practice. Saturday, local fire departments participated in a live-fire training. The 1895 built farmhouse at 1405 N. Third St. was not demolition worthy.

  • OPINION: Of thee they sing with feeling
  • OPINION: The steep cost of cheap speech

    At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there is a substantial overlap between these slivers. At most moments, 312 million are not listening to excitable broadcasters making mountains of significance out of molehills of political effluvia.

  • OPINION: No way out! ... Well, maybe there is just one way

    Public policy is anything the government decides to do or not to do. Further, public policy is an expression of society’s values. It is important for the constituency to follow closely that which society values but is not promoted by policy makers.  

    The failing state employees and teacher’s retirement funds have become a threat to the general welfare of the state of Kentucky.

  • OPINION: Southern history isn’t all black and white

    What shall we say who have knowledge
    Carried to the heart?
    — Allen Tate, “Ode to the Confederate Dead”

    The historic marker in Winchester is mostly unnoticed now but it designates the birthplace of one of America’s most eminent men of letters, Allen Tate.

    All I knew about Tate when growing up was that he was one of the Southern Agrarians — along with John Crowe Ransom and Robert Penn Warren — who inspired other thinkers I admire, such as Wendell Berry and Rod Dreher.