• Let’s assume, just for a moment, that the great political leaders of the past were not cynical, deluded or deceptive when they talked about morality and religion. Let’s posit that, at least in some instances, they were not just striking poses but making arguments.

    Early in 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union address in an atmosphere charged with menace. Germany had just occupied the Sudetenland. Kristallnacht was recent news. Roosevelt was beginning to prepare Americans for the exertions of a global war.

  • Somehow I got on Team Trump’s email list, and now I’m getting requests for money.

    The president wants me to renew my Sustaining Membership for 2017.

    Here’s the thing: He wants to use my money against me and other journalists.

    “We cannot allow the Fake News Media and obstructionist Democrats to flood the airwaves and mislead the American people, Randall, and they are our strongest opponent yet,” said the letter signed by Donald J. Trump.

  • Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s because of the little goblins.

    And by little goblins, I mean my own, my two boys.

    We live on one of those streets where people come from outside the neighborhood to trick-or-treat. We gave out about 800 pieces of candy this year, if that gives you some idea of the scale of the event on our street.

  • Nelson County has been blessed by having four seasoned, first-responder chaplains working with law enforcement officers, EMTs and area fire departments.

    Karl Lusk, Eldon Morgan, Terry Troutman and Tom Mobley are experienced ministers who volunteer their time and talents to assist the public and the first responders themselves when tragedies strike.

  • NelCASA is an organization vital to our community. It provides trained advocates to help our children as they navigate through the legal system. The nonprofit organization’s only mission is to work on behalf of the children. And without one man, it’s likely that organization wouldn’t exist here or at the very least, it wouldn’t be as fine-tuned and time-tested as it is.

    Former District Judge Tom Dawson started the Nelson County NelCASA chapter in 1985 as the first of its kind in the state.

  • To the Nelson County Community,

  • The aging are not easy to care for, and the reality is, we are all moving in that direction, whether we like it or not.

    My mother is 95-years-old. I spent a few days with her a couple of weeks ago in her long-term care facility.

  • This is it. For awhile anyway.



    The Washington Post




    The objections of some Trump critics to Republican politicians attempting to join them — they awakened too late, they are risking too little, their words are not direct enough, they are halfhearted hypocrites — are pure lunacy. Do Never Trumpers actually enjoy their righteous irrelevance? Do they fear being soiled by association with the complicit and compromised?

  • 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.