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Columns

  • OPINION: This is our country too

    July has always been a time for reflection.

    There’s no Premier League, no college football or basketball. And it’s so ungodly hot that I’d rather sit inside meditating than exposing myself to what is assuredly human-caused climate change. Although running my AC probably isn’t helping.

  • OPINION: Corruption or hypocrisy?

    After every national election cycle I always hear at least one person say they voted for “the lesser of two evils,” with the implication that politicians are all bad to some degree, so we’re left to decide which one can do the least damage, rather than who will do the best job.

  • OPINION: What we have here is a failure of Imagination

    You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to not have noticed the current darkness in America: more black folks in our jails than were enslaved before the Civil War; climate catastrophe has become the norm; 30 million people still without health care; about 130 people die, every day, from opioid overdoses; there is still no clean drinking water in Flint, Mich.; and for me, the darkest situation of all: migrant children are being crammed into cages on our southern border. And I could go on, but I hope you get the picture — it’s dark out here.

  • Project School Supply

    PEGGY SMITH
    Association Executive
    Old Ky Home  Board of Realtors
    okhrealtors@bardstown.com

    Here we are again. It’s getting to the end of July and that means one thing, it’s time to get those school supplies together for the next school year. And for us at the Old Kentucky Home Board of Realtors, it means we need to put a call out to our friends, neighbors and clients to reach into their hearts and pockets and bring us some extra school supplies for the kids who need them.

  • OPINION: It’s not easy being blue in a red state

    At our family’s recent July 4th gathering, my Mom asked what my next column was going to be about. So, I came clean. I told her I hadn’t written it yet. In fact, I added I wasn’t even sure what I was going to write about. This surprised her. She went on to add that she had been saving my columns and purchased a scrapbook in which to put them. As the conversation transitioned to other topics, she interjected that she was surprised I had yet to write about anything overtly political. Well, at least until now.

  • OPINION: Trump’s actions are what count
  • OPINION: The high cost of our ‘Age of Impunity’

    WASHINGTON — Our conversations about the global retreat of democracy usually highlight its impact on those in relatively well-off nations with long-established traditions of free elections, free speech and a free media.

  • OPINION: The key to representative democracy? Persuasion.

    I am lucky enough these days to be in regular touch with young people — students — who are interested in public service. I find hope in their quality, energy and motivation, and they press me to think more deeply about what it takes to pursue a life in the public realm.

  • OPINION: The right kind of Democrat for 2020

    There are so many Democrats running for president I’ve lost count.

    Some are familiar, like Bernie Sanders, whose career I’ve followed for 40 years. Others are a mystery, like Marianne Williamson, the best-selling author I never heard of until now.

    There hasn’t been a situation like this since 1976, when “Jimmy Who?” Carter bested 16 other Democrats to clinch the nomination and win the White House.

  • EDITORIAL: Calculating the value of garbage disposal a matter of perspective

    Too often people use the phrase “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

    But sometimes it just fits.

    Take, for instance, how we dispose of our garbage.

    It was more than half a century ago that the City of Bardstown was trying to figure out how to pay for properly disposing of its trash.

    “City Cited for Open Burning Dump” read the headline on A1 of the March 14, 1968, edition of The Kentucky Standard.