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Columns

  • 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.

  • OPINION: It’s been a busy summer in Frankfort

    Between legislative committees, pension meetings and an election for our new Senate president pro-tempore, this has been a busy summer in Frankfort.

    I am grateful to my colleagues for selecting me to serve as the Senate president pro-tempore designee. I want to thank everyone who has supported me and believed in me throughout this process.

    I was sad to see Sen. Givens step down, but I am honored to serve in this new capacity in Senate leadership; and I appreciate all of my colleagues for granting me this special opportunity.

  • OPINION: ‘An Ode to the Golden Years’

    My maternal great-aunt, May Everett Kaze Rice Johnston, was quite a character.

    In her youth she had worked alongside Thelma Stovall, our first woman Kentucky lieutenant governor, on the line at Brown and Williamson making cigarettes.

    As an octogenarian, she tooled around Frankfort in her car flaunting the plate “Maisie” and took in all the dances at the American Legion Hall.

    She wore bright red lipstick, smoked cigarettes, cracked jokes and was the life of the party wherever she went.

  • Title Insurance — What is it and Do I need it?

    PEGGY SMITH
    Association Executive
    Old Ky Home  Board of Realtors
    okhrealtors@bardstown.com

    Throughout the process of buying a home, there are several terms you will hear and might be embarrassed to stop everyone and ask what it means, exactly. One of those terms would likely be title insurance.