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Columns

  • Hey congressman: Facebook’s problem is its users

    It took about 600 questions during 10 hours of hearings for the American public to learn last week that most of the septuagenarians and octogenarians in the U.S. Congress do not understand social media in general, and Facebook specifically.

    Scheduling 10 hours to figure out Facebook and its privacy (or lack thereof) policies was probably optimistic, even if every congressman was a 30-year-old business and engineering double-sigma cum laude major Ivy League graduate.

  • OPINION: Reckoning the cost of the ‘War on Terror’

    Joe Zarantonello

    Community Columnist

    joe@looseleafhollow.com

    The Cold War started in 1947, a couple of years before I was born. By the time I was eight months old, the Cold War had turned hot in Korea. I’m 68 now, and I have lived with war my whole life. Hot or cold, but always, war. Seemingly endless war.

  • Opinion: What’s important about the middle class?

    By Harry Spalding

    The middle class is the bulwark of the nation. Over the years, America has been the strongest democracy in the world because of a strong middle class. Its work ethic, its inventiveness and freedom of thought through the rises and valleys of the world’s economy have kept us one of the world’s leaders in competitiveness and productivity. It was and is our most valuable resource.

  • Opinion: I can only imagine

    By David Whitlock

    It had been a while since I’d thought of it, but it all came rushing back to me when I saw the movie, “I Can Only Imagine,” the American biographical Christian drama film based on the story behind the MercyMe song of the same name, the most played Christian radio single ever.

  • COLUMN: Endangered species are the real threats

    I am glad we finally have an acting secretary for fish, wildlife and parks who understands the threat posed by so-called endangered species. Susan Combs, formerly comptroller of Texas, described additions to the endangered species list as “incoming Scud missiles” and has long waged an active campaign against the insidious golden-cheeked warbler. I could not be more delighted that she is Ryan Zinke’s selection.

  • COLUMN: Trump threatening to repeat Obama’s mistakes

    During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump excoriated President Barack Obama for “the way he got out of Iraq,” which Trump said “was the founding of” the Islamic State. As president, Trump reiterated during a meeting with Iraq’s prime minister that “we should never ever have left. A vacuum was created.”

    Trump was right. Obama’s withdrawal did create a vacuum the Islamic State quickly filled. So why is Trump now threatening to repeat Obama’s mistakes by withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria?

  • COLUMN: GOP deserves losses coming in November

    Kentucky’s Republican legislators proved Monday that they are nothing of the sort. Just like the Democrats they recently relegated to minority status, GOP lawmakers demonstrated they just can’t stop spending.

    We suspect this fatal misstep — and it will be fatal to Republican control of the Legislature come November — is driven by political cowardice.

  • COLUMN: Republicans keeping things ‘interesting’

    Maybe the nicest way to sum up the work of Frankfort’s lawmakers so far this year is that Kentucky’s new Republican rulers keep finding new ways to make things interesting. “May you live in interesting times” is an old curse.

    Their work is not all bad, and some of it is historic. But it’s still being written. And it might yet be erased.

  • OPINION: GOP deserves losses coming in November

    Jim Paxton

    Publisher, Paducah Sun

    paducahsun.com

    Kentucky’s Republican legislators proved Monday that they are nothing of the sort. Just like the Democrats they recently relegated to minority status, GOP lawmakers demonstrated they just can’t stop spending.

    We suspect this fatal misstep — and it will be fatal to Republican control of the Legislature come November — is driven by political cowardice.

  • OPINION: Republicans keeping things ‘interesting’

    Al Cross

    Director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

    University of Kentucky

    Maybe the nicest way to sum up the work of Frankfort’s lawmakers so far this year is that Kentucky’s new Republican rulers keep finding new ways to make things interesting. “May you live in interesting times” is an old curse.

    Their work is not all bad, and some of it is historic. But it’s still being written. And it might yet be erased.