• Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    One of the gifts of living in a representative democracy is that voting is only one of the rights it confers. For ordinary people who want to make change - who in some way want to alter their neighborhood or town or state or even the nation — the promise exists that by dint of their own efforts they can do so. This is a precious gift.

  • Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    This column space is devoted to Kentucky politics, so you might expect to be reading about Republicans’ plan to rescue state pensions or the ethics complaint against Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes over access to voter files.

    But there’s still a lot more to know about those things, such as the pension bill’s language and its actuarial and budgetary analysis.

  • There has been no shortage of things to do around the county in October.

    Events included a range of options from long-standing traditions to new settings for family fun.

  • Some overdue recognition was bestowed earlier this month when the Nelson County Farm Bureau named Maurice “Apple” Fegenbush to the group’s “Farmers Hall of Fame.”

    Fegenbush got his nickname, “Apple,” honestly. Growing up in Jefferson County he helped his folks operate “The Apple Shack” in Louisville.

  • “Keeping the Promise,” our plan to save Kentucky’s pension systems, keeps the promise made to Kentucky’s current employees while also meeting the legal and moral obligations we owe to those who have already retired. Promises made are promises kept.

    Make no mistake: There will be no changes, clawbacks or reductions to the paychecks of current retirees, and there will be protections for health care benefits. That is a promise you can literally take to the bank.

  • I was selling popcorn with my boys last weekend for Cub Scouts when one of our customers struck up a conversation that started me thinking.

    She voiced her opposition to the recent decision by Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join starting in 2018. In fact, she was of the opinion they were “forced to.” I guess because she just assumed it was by a court ruling or something.

  • When I was 20, I dropped out of college and got a job with a morning newspaper whose city editor Mr. Walt Streightiff put me to work writing obituaries of ordinary men and women whose deaths were not considered newsworthy. Other reporters handled crime, natural disasters, City Hall, sports, fatal accidents, high finance, visiting celebrities, and what was called “human interest,” meaning heartwarming stories, usually involving children. I was in charge of ordinary cold death.

  • The desire to protect young people from offensive ideas and words is an understandable instinct. In the context of bullying, it is a requirement. In the context of great literature, it is nearly always mistaken.

  • My wife is a native Kentuckian. I’m “not from around here,” as they like to say.
    I’ve always been impressed with the caring and giving nature of this community.
    I am the post chaplain at American Legion Post 121, and every two months we sponsor a blood drive for the American Red Cross.
    On Monday, Oct. 9, we collected 50 units of blood. Every donation has the potential to save three lives.

  • To the editor,
    I just wanted to let the management know just how pleased I was with the article, “Twice the Fight.”
    The article was about me, and I was so happy with everything. Kacie Goode is such a wonderful person and made me feel so at ease about such a personal situation. She reported everything I wanted. The pictures were perfect.
    You always hear everything bad about people.
    I just wanted you to hear something great. Kacie did my article perfectly.
    Thank you.
    Debbie Paulley

  • It’s October, which means everything is pink.

    It’s everywhere — T-shirts, sunglasses, cereal boxes, yogurt, the socks of every athlete from middle school to the NFL.

    But that color and those tiny ribbons are not all-inclusive awareness.

    Yes, they’re “pretty.” At their inception, they probably did make us aware of breast cancer. They probably did make us stop and think about people whose lives were impacted. But now, we gloss right over them. They’re trendy. They’re “just another thing.”

  • To the editor,
    In 2014 the General Assembly adapted House Resolution 19 declaring the third week of October to be the Kentucky Retired Teachers Appreciation Week.
    October 15-21 is the sixth annual appreciation week.  During this special week, the mayor will sign a proclamation designating Retired Teachers Appreciation Week. You will also see a banner hanging at the courthouse.

  • Every job has its down side.

    I guarantee it.

    And every job has an upside.

    I can guarantee that, too.

    The challenge is digging through the dirt: the negative attitudes, the discontentment, the injustices — until you find the gold, even if it’s only one, tiny, little nugget.

  • To the editor,
    Kecia Copelend, I admire you and have built tremendous respect for you as you stood up to the bullies an downright disrespect that you and our community endured. It showed that you love Bardstown and the people you represent. With that being said, I’m concerned with the recent decision by the City Council and Bardstown agreeing to pay you $40,000 to keep it out of court.
    I don’t disagree that you should have sued. However, in the end the perpetrators aren’t the ones paying the $40,000. It’s the taxpayers.

  • To the editor,
    On behalf of Nelson County Schools, I would like to thank First Baptist Church of New Haven’s vacation Bible school class for their support of The Village FRYSC. Your generous monetary donation will go a long way to helping bridge the gaps to learning for many New Haven students.

  • “Diplomacy takes place in reality,” wrote Roger Cohen in a recent column for The New York Times. He was writing about President Trump’s Fantasy Land diplomatic approach with Iran.

  • The business field used to be a man’s world, but times have changed. Today, there is a growing movement of women who are starting their own businesses or moving up the ladder into top CEO roles. This week, National Business Women’s Week, is a time to honor the contributions of working women while calling attention to women entrepreneurs and women business leaders who have shattered glass ceilings.



    The Washington Post




    In the midst of a governing crisis, House Speaker Paul Ryan has once again risen to his role as the voice of bland complacency. Concerning the open warfare between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ryan advises “these two gentlemen to sit down and just talk through their issues.”