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Columns

  • 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.

  • OPINION: Sports wagers allowable for the present anyway

    The U.S. Supreme Court this week struck down a 1992 federal law known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The law said state legislatures are forbidden from passing laws authorizing or otherwise enabling or promoting gambling on sporting events in their states.

    The 6-3 opinion, in which liberal Justice Elena Kagan joined with the court’s five conservatives, is more nuanced than has generally been reported.

  • OPININON: N. Korea is acting up because Trump has it cornered

    North Korea’s recent temper tantrum over U.S.-South Korean military exercises and its threat to pull out of its upcoming summit with President Trump are signs that Trump’s North Korea strategy is working.

  • OPINION: Dems must keep their eyes on the November prizes

    If political power were won by hand-wringing and anguished introspection, the Democratic Party would rule the galaxy.

    The hum of obsessive and counterproductive worry is rising: President Trump’s approval has crept up from abysmal to merely awful! Candidates from the party’s progressive wing have won some House primaries! Republicans have not, in every single case, chosen candidates who are unelectable! The Russia investigation is a year old, and still nobody has been frog-marched out of the West Wing in chains! And Trump is still president!

  • Opinion: A Kentucky tragedy that shouldn’t be forgotten

    By John Shindlebower

    Monday marked the 30th anniversary of a day that Kentuckians should never forget. On that day in 1988, we began to hear the news of a horrific bus crash in Carrollton, Kentucky that claimed the lives of 27 people, mostly teenagers, and left dozens others horribly burned and injured.

    It remains the deadliest drunk-driving accident in U.S. history, and if you travel I-71, there are road signs marking the spot just south of Carrollton.