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Today's Opinions

  • OPINION: An old man talking to himself again

    I’ve been confused about politics ever since Republican states became red states, which to me, growing up in the era of Red China, suggested commissars and gulags and thought control, which of course Utah and Texas and Georgia do not have. You can believe in God in those states, same as in blue states. Blue makes me think of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, but that’s another matter.

  • OPINION: A year later, both parties are morally, intellectually exhausted

    Political commentators are supposed to be somewhat objective and analytical when it comes to tracking trends. In that spirit, I find the polling snapshot of President Trump at one year since his election to be interesting — if “interesting” is defined as a downward spiral of polarization, pettiness and prejudice that threatens the daily functioning and moral standing of the American republic.

  • OPINION: A year later, both parties are morally, intellectually exhausted

    Political commentators are supposed to be somewhat objective and analytical when it comes to tracking trends. In that spirit, I find the polling snapshot of President Trump at one year since his election to be interesting — if “interesting” is defined as a downward spiral of polarization, pettiness and prejudice that threatens the daily functioning and moral standing of the American republic.

  • Opinion: A cure for the cancer in our soul

    Last Sunday night I found myself drinking Barbancourt 5 Star on ice and listening to “Sympathy for the Devil” over and over as I tried to open my heart to the latest mass shooting at the church in Texas. I was trying my best to diagnose the soul-sickness of this country we call America the Beautiful. And I wasn’t having any luck.

  • Editorial: Kentucky teachers have earned their right to protest

    Pension reform is not a sexy topic, and it’s one that past Kentucky governors and legislators deliberately chose to avoid for political purposes.

    While we all knew that fixing Kentucky’s pension problems would be clearly painful for all Kentuckians, Gov. Matt Bevin has taken the proverbial bull by the horns and pushed state legislators for action.

  • OPINION: Switching gears and moving on?

    The scenario has become all too familiar. This time, it was a group of people worshipping God on a Sunday morning in a small town outside of San Antonio, Texas.

    You’ve heard the news: 26 people, ranging in age from 5 to 72, were murdered by a gunman who entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, and opened fire. At least 19 others were hospitalized.

  • OPINION: There is nothing naive about kindness

    We teach our children to be kind. Period.

    It’s the last thing I tell my son as he gets out of the car to walk in to school every morning before I say, “I love you.”

    It’s on the list of things we expect from him. And if you aren’t kind to him or someone else in public and he notices, he’ll call you on it. And I’ll let him.

  • Fall home spruce-ups

    It’s been a great summer with a picture-perfect start to fall. A couple of cooler days are sneaking in and it reminds us that it’s time to start doing those things that will make the fall and winter less likely to bring issues with your home.

    Starting outside, here are some important things to look at: