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Columns

  • Opinion: There’s nothing wrong with a question about citizenship

    By Marc A. Thiessen

    The Trump administration is being sued over its plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 Census, which California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) says “is not just a bad idea — it is illegal.”

  • Opinion: The indispensable craft of the politician

    By Lee H. Hamilton

    For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of proficiency and skill to their work that comes only with familiarity and practice.

    So here’s a question. Why is it that the more expertise politicians’ gain in their field, the more we deride them?

  • Opinion: One can believe in both God and science

    “I was at this time living … in a whirl of contradictions. I maintained that God did not exist. I was also very angry at God for not existing.”

    — C.S. Lewis

    It was almost like a death in the family.

    This child I loved as if she were my own had confided that she no longer believed in God.

    For years, she had attended church with me. She knew the words of the Lord’s Prayer and the Nicene Creed by heart, and wanted to be baptized. But when the day approached, she called it off. She was distraught. I guessed why.

  • Opinion: Our solutions aren’t stopping the calls

    By Susan Turner

    Wednesday, schools in my son’s district were locked down after a shooting in a high school parking lot. There’s much more to that story, and that information changes the context of the lockdown significantly, but even so, the initial shock of the news that there’s a shooting in your child’s school district is an incredibly uncomfortable one.

    I got one initial text: “Your mom says school district is on lockdown after a shooting.”

  • Opinion: This side of Easter

    By David Whitlock

    No one showed up at the tomb that day before the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why would they? Anyone who had placed their hope in Jesus as the Messiah had been made a fool, or so it seemed, by the defeat and death of Jesus. It was the price they paid for their “misplaced faith.”

  • Opinion: Learning your DNA can teach you a lot

    By Rebecca Clark Brothers

    DNA and genealogy have been hot topics for the last several years. Several well-known databases offer kits to help you learn where you originally hale from.

    With more Americans questioning their heritage, $79 at Ancestry.com is a true bargain. Beware, though, sometimes the results may be surprising.

  • OPINION: There’s been no shortage of legislation

    As we draw closer to the end of the 2018 Regular Session, there has been no shortage of movement on significant bills in Frankfort this week. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee has spent several days and some late nights working on the Senate’s budget proposal, which we expect to go before the committee soon.

  • OPINION: Session winds down, work keeps ramping up

    As always, it was a busy and eventful week in Frankfort. Although we had a short week with only four days of action, every day was fairly lengthy and the end result was a plethora of bills and resolutions passed, most of which are heading straight to the governor for final approval.

  • OPINION: Deleting Facebook? Don’t worry, I’ll replace it for you

    I can understand why you might wish to delete Facebook, especially given that the company responded to the news about Cambridge Analytica by saying, oh, no, the problem was not that someone had access to the data of 50 million people, most of whom had no idea that their information was being shared, that part was okay; the problem was they sold it.

    That is why I have this special offer: If you want to delete Facebook, but are worried that you will miss it, I am happy to become your personal Facebook and do everything that Facebook used to do.

  • OPINION: Why conservative Christians stick with Trump

    As “60 Minutes” prepares to air its interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, conservative Christians are being accused of hypocrisy. How can so-called “values voters” continue to stand with President Trump despite revelations that he allegedly had affairs with a porn star and a Playboy model, and paid them for their silence?