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Opinion

  • Let me begin with an apology to Ed McClanahan for stealing the title of his book.

    McClanahan wrote “Famous People I Have Known,” which recalls his experiences with Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and other 1960s luminaries.

    I’m embarrassed to say I never read the book, but I’m familiar with the story from having read Tom Wolfe’s “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” as a teenager.

  • Tuesday marks the halfway mark of the six-month deadline Congress has to ensure the future of many of our neighbors and friends who are Americans in all but name.

    On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump canceled the Obama-era program of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals that shielded undocumented immigrants from deportation. The program offered temporary protection for “Dreamers,” those undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, many of whom know of no other life or country than America.

  • To the editor,

    I have a veteran’s story to tell. I have run across a wonderful man, who has served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He has outlived the majority of his relatives, and he is here in Kentucky all by himself. I did not know what dire need that some of our veterans are in, until now.

    I met my wonderful veteran through a friend who told me that he had no groceries. l was able to supply him with some, however I soon found out that he needed so much more.

  • GARRISON KEILLOR

    Columnist

    The Washington Post

    For evolution, the Constitution,

    And the ATMs of banks,

    The Times and Post and the whole West Coast,

    I want to give sincerest thanks.

    A Mozart sonata, my inamorata,

    And a first-rate BLT.

    For Silverman (Sarah) and the Obama era,

    I give thanks most thankfully.

    I’m a fraud, a fake, a big mistake, a creep.

    I’m over a barrel but I care a lot for Meryl Streep.

  • MICHAEL GERSON

    columnist

    michaelgerson@washpost.com

    Even in a political season of routine marvels, few developments are more spectacularly incongruous than this: America has seen a swift, dramatic shift in attitudes toward sexual harassment with Donald Trump as president.

  • Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    One of the quirks of life in Washington, D.C., is that pretty much the only people who don’t refer to lobbyists by that name are, well, lobbyists. They’re “policy advisers,” or “strategic counsel,” or “public relations advisors,” or lawyers, or even just “consultants.” Whatever they’re called, though, they play a huge role in making policy.

  • MICHAEL BECKER

    President, Kentucky Realtors

    Tax reform proposals from both the House and Senate make sweeping changes to the tax benefits that homeowners have enjoyed for years. Unfortunately, if the current federal tax proposals stay as they are, this is likely to change. Here’s why:

  • Once again the Nelson County School Board is faced with another distraction Following board member David Norman’s resignation of his position Nov. 14.

  • In today’s society, we sometimes forget that there are still good people in the world. On three recent separate occasions, I have been fortunate enough to experience the goodness that still exists.

  • Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday.

    It’s sort of like Christmas without the hassle, tension, tackiness and greed.

    There are no greeting cards to mail, gifts to buy and return, rude crowds, inane jingles on the radio or loud commercials with car salesmen in ridiculous red suits.

    Thanksgiving is about appreciating what we’ve already got, not a brief interlude before Black Friday. It’s also about being with and enjoying one’s family.

  • Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. We’ll gather around tables and eat turkey and mashed potatoes until we’re full, then we’ll watch football until it’s time to go shopping. That’s how it goes, right?

  • To the editor,
    How anyone could possibly put the blame for overdoses and addictions of opioids on the pharmaceutical companies instead of solely on the weak-minded individual is beyond me.
    Our judge-executive and the magistrates want to recoup money from the makers of drugs (which help millions without being abused) instead of the drug abusers or over-prescribers. (editor’s note: The county approved joining a suit against drug distributors, not manufacturers.)

  • The United States was late in entering the Great War, but the last soldier to die in it was an American.

    Henry Gunther, a private in the 79th Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Force in France, was killed at 10:59 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, one minute before the armistice went into effect.

  • As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt load is already worrisome. It’s almost certainly going to get worse.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.