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Columns

  • OPINION: A sobering look beyond the election

    Do ordinary citizens still have a voice in Washington and in their state capitals? Despite the cynicism of these times, my answer is, yes, we do ... But we have to exercise it.

  • OPINION: A dog of a deal

    As a parent, you try to teach your children that they have to work for what they want.

    That was the lesson my wife and I had in mind when we made a deal with our youngest son, Quinn.

    Quinn has had a soft spot for animals since he was a toddler. He has always been fascinated by our friends’ dogs, my parents’ dog, just about any dog he comes across.

    “You need to get that boy a dog,” my dad told me several years ago. “Little boys need a dog.”

  • Opinion: Parents, teachers should push for longer summers

    By Damon Thayer

    As we turn the page on July 2017, I find myself asking the same question once again, “Is summer over already?” To the disappointment of most Kentucky students, and many parents, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.” In Senate District 17, Scott County students will report back for classes on Thursday, August 10. For Grant County students, the first day back is either Monday, August 14, or Tuesday, August 15, depending on your grade. In Kenton County, students are due back a bit later: Wednesday, August 23.

  • Opinion: ‘Eye on Kentucky’ is still an important program

    Last summer I reminded you of the national “See Something Say Something” Homeland Security Program and the “Eye on Kentucky” program, which was created to allow citizens to anonymously report potential criminal or terroristic activity in their communities. I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize again the importance of this program in keeping our communities safe.

  • Opinion: Don’t get too weary to pay attention

    By Nelda Moore

    When I was a child few things were more exciting than the carnival coming to town. My cousins and I thought our lives might somehow end, or at least be stunted severely, if we didn’t get to go. We could not understand the lack of interest our parents had and how they sighed heavily when deciding which adult would get saddled with the task.

  • OPINION: Volunteerism can be a healthy addiction for community

    There is a special club in Nelson County that is full of some busy people. They have an addiction that affects them and spreads to their families and friends as well. They belong to the Cannot Say No Club. When a cause comes around, when they see a need to do something, when a friend or colleague asks them to get involved in a project, they simply cannot say no.

  • OPINION: Restoring faith in representative democracy

    There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy. Russian meddling in elections, the vulnerability of state voting systems to hacking, politicians’ assaults on the media, and political leaders’ growing fondness for policy-making in secret — all of these pose a real challenge to our system’s viability.

    As worrisome as these are, there’s one problem that may be the greatest threat of all: Americans’ loss of faith in politics and democratic institutions.

  • The triumph and tragedy of Julian Carroll

    Julian Carroll was governor when I was in high school, but all I knew about him was that he was a moralistic Southern Democrat like Jimmy Carter.

  • Opinion: Sessions lessons

    By Charles Krauthammer

    Transparency, thy name is Trump, Donald Trump. No filter, no governor, no editor lies between his impulses and his public actions. He tweets, therefore he is.

    Ronald Reagan was so self-contained and impenetrable that his official biographer was practically driven mad trying to figure him out. Donald Trump is penetrable, hourly.

  • Opinion: A new idea about Amelia Earhart

    By Garrison Keillor