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Today's Opinions

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.