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Columns

  • Opinion: Making a lasting contribution to our country

    By Senator Mitch McConnell

    The Senate is working with President Trump to secure significant accomplishments for the American people, from combating the opioid epidemic to providing the largest year-on-year increase in defense funding in 15 years. However, there’s one key issue I want to especially highlight because it can set our nation on the right path for generations to come. It’s the Senate’s successes in confirming President Trump’s highly-qualified nominees to serve as federal judges.

  • Opinion: Why, Kim Jong Un, why?

    By Alexandra Petri

    Oh no! Not the summit!

    Why, Kim Jong Un, why would you do this?

    I had already purchased my commemorative coin, but now what it commemorates is ... nothing.

    Leader Kim, you have ruined the world’s best hope.

  • Opinion: Trump should make clear the Libya model is on the table

    By Marc A. Thiessen

    After months of pretending to be normal and reasonable on the diplomatic stage, North Korea’s mask has slipped, and Pyongyang is back to threatening a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” that will “make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now.”

  • Opinion: Media, citizens should focus on what matters

    By Lee H. Hamilton

    I was chatting with a group of students the other day when one of them looked me in the eye and commented, “You’re very tough on journalists.” I had to plead guilty.

    Of course I’m tough on journalists. Maybe even as tough on them as they are on politicians.

  • Opinion: 2018 could be the year of the anti-politician

    The most unexpected utterance I’ve heard so far in this election season was from a campaign consultant and former congressman the morning after his client, Hank Linderman, won the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House seat held by Republican Brett Guthrie for the last decade.

    Mike Ward turned President Trump’s words back on him when he said: “We need to drain the swamp and get rid of the people who are running everything, and that’s Democrats and Republicans.”

    All of them?

  • Editorial: Incumbents’ falls partly fueled by factors outside their control

    Candidates for elected office who are running against longtime incumbents often argue there ought to be term limits.

    Without changing the state’s constitution, that can’t happen in Kentucky. But that’s OK, because there are already term limits imposed on elected officials, and those limits are set by the voters.

    Tuesday’s election results, where two longtime incumbents lost their positions, show that incumbency is no guarantee to re-election. In fact, some officeholders are affected largely by issues outside of their control.

  • Opinion: Trump’s swamp creatures

    By Margie Bradford

    In the movies, swamps are dangerous, dark and filled with terrifying, slime-dripping creatures who rise in the dead of night to engulf the innocent, unsuspecting villagers. As a candidate, Donald Trump claimed that he would “drain the swamp” in Washington.

  • Opinion: More than just a day in the garden

    By David Whitlock

    I carefully dropped the seeds into the ground, spacing them 12-18 inches apart, per directions.

    “Now, Dr. David, I’m not meticulous like you are. I know you want them in one inch of dirt. But, I’m not going to get down on the ground and cover the dirt over them with my hands. I just use my foot for that, like this,” Martha said, demonstrating how she gently covered the seeds in the soil.

    “That’s fine, Momma Martha, whatever you say.”

  • Opinion: Teens embody diversity of good citizenship

    May has been a busy month, especially if you connect to public schools in the capacity of students, teachers and parents: proms, graduations and school shootings. According to CNN, there have been 22 shootings on both high school and college campuses. Because of the violence and disrespect in today’s society, it is easy to forget the students who attend school on a regular basis, who complete assignments and do what they are supposed to do.

  • OPINION: One Kentucky primary drawing national attention

    What races on Tuesday’s primary ballot matter most for the Nov. 6 general election?

    Only one is drawing national attention: the six-person Democratic contest in the 6th Congressional District to take on three-term Republican Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington, whose track record and talents have made him a potential successor to Sen. Mitch McConnell when the majority leader leaves the stage.