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Opinion

  • To the editor,

    Thanks for printing Randy Patrick’s excellent article on the front page June 26 concerning the direct harm of tobacco use.

    There is also harm of second and third-hand smoke to everyone else around smokers. The harmful carcinogens float in the smoke, and others are forced to breathe them indoors or outdoors.

    If you grew up around smokers, you know this firsthand.

    Smokers, if you won’t care for your own health, please think of others’ health.

    Rita Davis, SCN

    Nazareth

  • LEE H. HAMILTON
    Director of the Center on Congress
    Indiana University

    Now that the conventions are over, I know that all eyes are on the fall presidential campaign. But I’m going to ask you to shift your focus a bit, to Congress. Don’t do it as a favor to me. Do it as a favor to the country.

  • TERRY WELSHANS
    Community Columnist
    terry.welshans@gmail.com

  • Democrats have done a remarkable thing this week in Philadelphia: They have framed this election as an epic struggle not just to continue the policies of President Obama but also to renew the sunlit, optimistic Americanism of Ronald Reagan.

  • The Democratic Party has perhaps never been so radical or so conventional.

    The Democrats are now to the left of President Barack Obama and are desperately trying to placate the teary-eyed, obstreperous shock troops of the Bernie Sanders Revolution, yet they also are portraying themselves as the party of sobriety and traditional political norms.

    This year, Democrats want to fight the man and be the man, and running against Donald Trump, they might manage the feat.

  • With only nine days remaining until the deadline to file for any office, some local races have a good representation of political candidates to select from, and candidates for other offices remain scarce.

  • It seems to me that we have been blessed with two public servants that think a lot alike: John Royalty and Anthony Orr. Their philosophy is “my way or the highway.” I think if our other elected officials can’t rid themselves of these two problems, then we desperately need to elect officials that can and will do their job!
    Phil Carter
    Bloomfield

  • If you look at the polls, it is clear who’s winning the 2016 presidential contest: Barack Obama.

    There remains the technical impediment that the president is constitutionally barred from a third term. But the longer the campaign goes on, the higher Obama’s approval rating rises. This should be bad for Donald Trump and good for the eventual Democratic nominee, almost certainly Hillary Clinton. But it is even better for Obama’s legacy.

  • Even Donald Trump’s defenders on the right are hard-pressed to argue that he is conservative. He is, nonetheless, a kind of conservative dream candidate.

    Few politicians in memory have so powerfully tapped into and expressed the conservative id, which has long yearned for a Republican politician willing to heap the verbal abuse on the Clintons and, especially, on the media that they so manifestly deserve.

  • In this tumultuous election year, those described as “populists” have rallied angry Americans by blaming others for problems — Mexican immigrants, Wall Street investors, Muslims, evangelical Christians, liberals, conservatives, the rich, the poor.

    Once, however, there were leaders who inspired us, not by who they were against, but by what they were for — a promise of a better future for all of us.

    Bobby Kennedy was that kind of populist.

  • The latest controversy involving the Bardstown Police Department and the city’s accusation against a former officer of destroying files was easily avoidable.

    On Tuesday, the city claimed former police Capt. Tom Roby destroyed important files that are unrecoverable as he was cleaning out his office when he retired. He is accused of shredding paper documents and deleting his hard drive. The city claims it has no way of knowing what was destroyed. Implicit in its report is that there was malice behind Roby’s alleged actions.

  • Rick McCubbin was a rare breed of police chief.

    He is a natural communicator. Most police chiefs are not.

  • Save us all the faux drama. We already know how this star-crossed courtship is going to end: House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) will decide that Donald Trump isn’t such an ogre after all, and they’ll live unhappily ever after.

    Ryan will be unhappy, at least. Trump has stolen his party, and there’s nothing Ryan can do in the short term to get it back.

  • Prior to the 2012 election, Democrats had a theory: Republicans were in the grip of a “fever” that had led them to oppose and attempt to obstruct President Barack Obama at every turn. If Obama won a second term, the fever would break.

  • The final week of the 2016 General Assembly was marked by the passage of a $21 billion spending plan for the two-year period beginning July 1, and it is being hailed as the most conservative budget the commonwealth has seen in a generation.

    Gov. Matt Bevin set the parameters for the state budget debate when he announced his proposed budget in January. He proposed major funding increases to Kentucky’s struggling pension systems and asked other areas of state government to participate in funding reductions.

  • Four days after Mother’s Day, Mom called to tell me they had found her billfold. The cash, credit cards and her Social Security card were gone, of course, but what troubled her most was that some of her most precious keepsakes were missing.

    The one she treasured most was a card on the back of which my father had pledged his undying love. He gave it to her when she was17, and she had kept it close for nearly 60 years.

    “Why would she want that?” she asked.

    It meant nothing to the woman who robbed her. It meant everything to her.

  • If not for a certain Manhattan billionaire, Bernie Sanders’s surprising strength and Hillary Clinton’s relative weakness would be the big political story of the year.

    Democrats are fortunate that bloody insurrection is roiling the Republican Party. Clinton — the likely Democratic nominee — will almost surely face either Donald Trump, who is toxic to most of the electorate, or an alternative chosen at the GOP convention and seen by Trumpistas as an usurper.

  •  Donald Trump never ceases to amaze, but his answer at a CNN town hall about the pledge he had taken to support the Republican Party’s nominee was still jaw-dropping.

    Not only did Trump say that the pledge is null and void as far as he’s concerned, he also went further and told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he doesn’t want the support of Ted Cruz.

  • BY MARGIE BRADFORD

    Have you ever had dreams in which you found yourself in impossible situations — such as walking down the street in your underwear, or rushing down the hall looking for a locker that holds the books that you need for a test that you haven’t studied for, or looking for important papers at your job — when you know that somehow, or some way, that everything is terribly wrong? You are in the grip of a terrible fear; what you consider normal is gone, and you are in a world that is totally foreign to you.

  • It’s good to be back.

    Monday was my first day as editor at The Kentucky Standard since early November. I left for the right reasons, and I came back for the right reasons. Life is complicated like that, and it is rare that you get a second chance at an opportunity, so I count myself lucky.

    I am lucky for several reasons, too numerous to list in this space. But my time away gave me a chance to reflect on a few aspects related to work and life that I wanted to share.

     

    Work-life balance