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Opinion

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio — “I think it’s all about the dignity of work,” says Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in an interview in the backseat of his Chevy Suburban. “I talk about how we value work. People who get up every day and work hard and do what we expect of them should be able to get ahead. I don’t think they hear that enough from Republicans or national Democrats.”

  • WASHINGTON — One measure of the effectiveness of a political movement is how it changes its opposition. And Donald Trump is in the process of driving portions of his Democratic opposition insane.

    Hillary Clinton — whose warmth, integrity and down-to-earth style were the largest reasons for Trump’s election — has now publicly turned against civility. “You cannot be civil,” she explains, “with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.”

  • DeWeese for state representative

  • First came the noise that was soon followed by two flocks of noisy geese flying in V formation over the house. This is always a sure sign in Kentucky of the end of summer and the approach of fall.

  • The Tip O’Neill phrase “all politics is local” refers to how politicians, even on the national level, need to be able to relate to local constituencies to keep their legislative seats.

    But it has been applied a number of ways over the years, and Election 2018 gives us an opportunity to appropriate it for ourselves.

  • E.J.Dionne

    Columnist, The Washington Post

    ejdionne@washpost.com

    Who says politicians think only about the next election? In the battle over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the outcome each party respectively wants may hurt them in November’s elections.

    But the stakes are so high that neither side can afford to focus on politics alone.

  • MICHAEL GERSON
    columnist
    michaelgerson@washpost.com

     

    WASHINGTON — In the end, everything — every blasted thing — gets sucked into the polarization black hole, never to emerge again.

    That now includes the Supreme Court. It is not, of course, that this process has never been political before. But it has never been more clearly a function of contending culture war narratives.

  • Dr. Harry Spalding

    guest columnist, former mayor of Bardstown

    It is a general consensus of opinion that Russia interfered in the last American elections. Whether President Trump was involved in the interference remains to be proven. But what has happened since is playing into Russian hands.

  • Call things what they are

    Just as calling an illegal migrant an “undocumented citizen” or calling a man a woman (actually denying science) does not make it so. Calling a commonsense Democrat (an increasingly oxymoronic term) a Republican does not mean that you are offering unbiased reporting on an organic exodus from the GOP.

  • I am writing in response to the editorial in July 20 paper, taking exception to the new state sales tax, taken from the Bowling Green Daily News. Did you not read it?

    This new sales tax reflects the state’s new direction of going to a consumption tax while decreasing the state tax on our earnings. This follows actions taken by our neighboring states, Indiana and Tennessee. Instead of taxes being automatically taken from us, it puts more money in our pockets and allows us to be more in charge of how we utilize our earnings.

  • NELDA MOORE

    Community Columnist

    nmoore@bardstowncable.net

    I like that most liberals I know can laugh at themselves and enjoy jokes at their own expense. It appears to be another difference between them and die-hard conservatives.

    But while they seem to catch the joke behind the meme, it doesn’t stop some from going from the sublime to the ridiculous — and they need to be called out for it.

  • The poor are among us in Nelson County. How is that measured? The most common measure of poverty in the U.S. is the “poverty threshold” set by the government. This measures poverty as a lack of those goods and services commonly taken for granted by members of mainstream society.

    A household of two would earn less than $14,000 per year. Zeroing in locally, in 2016, 12 percent of the population in Nelson County lived in poverty. This doesn’t look “great” or like “winning.” So, what’s the fix? Social programs?

  • The upset of a longtime New York congressman by a millennial socialist should have stunned Democratic leaders, but they just shrugged.

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Joe Crowley, the No. 4 House Democrat, because he was no longer liberal enough for his base.

    She ran on a platform of Medicare for all, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, free tuition for public universities, canceling student debt, ending the war on drugs, and a universal jobs guarantee of a $15 hourly minimum wage and child care.

  • I vote for companion animals!

  • To the editor,

    Please, people, do not throw grass clippings on the road.  This can make the road very slippery and dangerous, especially to motorcycles and bicycles.

    Mary Ann Ohsol

    Lebanon

  • To the editor,

    Children of immigrants at our southern border are being ripped out of their parents arms. Imagine such a scene and the pain that is going on there. These poor people do not get our news, they are not aware of what awaits them.

  • David Whitlock

    Guest Columnist

    drdavid@davidbwhitlock.com

    “Whatcha preaching on?”

    That’s how my dad would answer the phone for years when I would call him on Sunday mornings.

    We talked each day, early in the morning, just for a few moments.

  • Because reality in 2018 is indistinguishable from ham-handed parody, here is what happened this week.

  • When it comes to the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration increasingly appears to have been a bottomless pit of deception.

  • Aside from the obvious moral implications of adopting an approach certain to significantly reduce the number of insured Kentuckians, Gov. Matt Bevin’s work requirements for Medicaid recipients will produce a new bureaucracy that is costly, intrusive and doomed to fail.

    They will also guarantee a reversal of the recent improvement in Kentucky’s notoriously bad health metrics.