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Opinion

  • MICHAEL GERSON

    columnist

    michaelgerson@washpost.com

    It is often difficult to determine if Donald Trump’s offenses against national unity and presidential dignity are motivated by ignorance or malice. His current crusade against sideline activism at professional football games features both.

  • ROLLIE ATKINSON

    Guest Columnist

    “Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real” at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats.

  • As an editor I field more than a few complaints. That’s just how it goes in this job and many others. You hear more from the people who are unhappy than the people who are happy. It can be hard to remember when you have someone call you up and complain about something in the paper, that is one reader out of 7,000.

    But I try to listen to our readers’ concerns and engage them. Sometimes we can work out an issue. Other times people just need to vent.

  • Paper should support President Trump
    To the editor,
    One of our members canceled her subscription to your newspaper recently. She was then called by your paper wanting to know the reason.

  • “We the People” is a misnomer.

    It should read, “We Some People,” “We Involved People,” or “We the Special Interest People.”

  • 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.

  • State Rep. Chad McCoy and state Sen. Jimmy Higdon met with local constituents who are affected by the pension crisis last week trying to ease their minds of what is and isn’t being considered in Kentucky’s pension woes. While neither legislator claimed to have the answers, they did agree that we have an obligation to deliver on our promises to teachers and other public employees.

  • A post on the Kentucky Gun Company’s Facebook page concerning the late Bill Buckman sums it up: “Mr. Buckman lived his life with a dedication to his family and his country. He will be truly missed.”

    Buckman, a former Bardstown policeman and city councilman, died Sept. 14. He was 59.

    Former Bardstown Police Chief Charles David Marksbury says Buckman was “one of a kind” and “there will never be another one like him.”

  • The Nelson County Schools Community Support Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for making our “Tailgate Time” event such a success.
    We partnered with Bill Broaddus, athletic director, and the staff at Nelson County High School to create an event that both promoted and supported the foundation and NCS sports programs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • When was the last time you were hungry?

    Not just, “I shouldn’t have skipped breakfast,” “I might need to take an early lunch,” “Maybe a bedtime snack is a good idea,” hungry, but really, really hungry.

    When was the last time you didn’t know when you’d be able to have your next meal? When was the last time you went to bed hungry and knew that hunger would still be there in the morning and you had no way to make it go away?

  • In many ways, William Forrest Luckett Jr., who passed away last week at his home, could be considered the personification of the ultimate Bardstown “brought-in.”

    Luckett, 86, was a native of Marion County, but by the time of his passing, he had so deeply imbedded himself in Nelson County business life that most people did not realize he was not born here.

  • Back in March, two young members of Congress from Texas, Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd, became brief internet celebrities. Unable to fly back to Washington because of a snowstorm, the two hit the road together, tweeting and livestreaming their trip north. They fielded questions along the way on everything from the war on drugs to immigration — and so ended up holding what O’Rourke called “the longest cross-country livestream town hall in the history of the world.”

  • Truth begins with facts. Facts are solid, like bricks. You build a house out of facts, the wolf won’t blow it down. But you drop a fact on your foot, it hurts.

  • Some political tastes linger in the mouth like spoiled milk or a bad oyster.

    Consider the shockingly shabby treatment recently accorded by some Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame who is being considered for a position on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Her questioners displayed a confusion of the intellect so profound, a disregard for constitutional values so reckless, that it amounts to anti-religious bigotry.