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Opinion

  • Lee H. Hamilton

    Director of the Center on Congress

    Indiana University

    When I speak with foreign policy experts in Washington, DC, and elsewhere, the conversation inevitably turns to America’s relationship with China. And this isn’t just a concern for the elites: the question of how to manage the relationship is on the minds of ordinary citizens.

  • On Monday, many of us are off work for the traditional end of summer — Labor Day.

    “On September 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor celebrates and honors the greatest worker in the world — the American worker,” the Labor Department posted on its website this year.

  • Someone needs to pay.

    And so far, it looks like the pharmaceutical companies are likely to be among the first to have their tab called in.

  • I recently completed the seven-week Citizens Police Academy at the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office. Many of my friends were flabbergasted I enrolled.  These were people who knew my skepticism about policing in general and the militarization of civilian police forces in particular.  It would be safe to say I entered the program with a healthy dose of cynicism.

  • Decked out in new outfits and loaded down with school supplies, many students across Kentucky will be heading back to the classroom over the next two weeks to a critical teacher shortage, state education officials warn.

  • WASHINGTON — It was by chance that former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens died on the same day that the House of Representatives voted — sadly, very nearly along party lines — to condemn President Trump for racism in a resolution laden with quotations from Ronald Reagan. This accident of timing was highly instructive.

  • WASHINGTON — Susan Brooks. Brian Fitzpatrick. Will Hurd. Fred Upton.

    You may have read or heard these names in passing, but they are worth lingering upon. These are the four Republicans who supported a resolution condemning President Trump’s plainly racist taunt urging four House members to “go back” to their countries of family origin. These are the only House Republicans for whom decency still has a political application. These are the last, scattered exceptions to the rule of malice and bigotry in the GOP.

  • The Nelson County Democratic Party issued a statement last week that, while well-intentioned, falls short of what this country needs.

    The statement coincided with the U.S. House of Representatives voting largely along party lines to condemn racist comments by President Donald Trump.

    “In light of recent events and a growing concern over hate speech in America, our local Democratic Party leadership in Nelson County wants to condemn all forms of bigotry and hatred in the strongest possible terms,” the 377-word statement began.

  • FRANKFORT – There has been a lot of chatter about Kentucky rolling out new driver’s licenses to comply with the federal REAL ID Act enacted after the 9/11 terror attacks. The licenses are currently available in Franklin and Woodford counties. Other counties are expected to follow suit in the coming months.

  • The year I started high school, the band Chicago had a whimsical hit single with the chorus, “America needs you, Harry Truman. … Harry, all we get is lies.”

    It was a dark time that called for humor and nostalgia. Richard Nixon had to resign in disgrace in the summer of 1974 because he had lied to us when he said, “I am not a crook.”

    Harry, the straight-talking president, couldn’t help us because he had been dead nearly three years, but maybe Jimmy could.

  • Jimmy Higdon

    State Senator,  Jimmy.Higdon@lrc.ky.gov

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    Over the years, I have had the distinct pleasure of attending “The Stephen Foster Story” in historic Bardstown.

  • Ben Chandler

    Guest Columnist, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

  • Mitch McConnell knows how to win. He has been winning elections in Kentucky for more than 40 years, since he was first elected in Jefferson County as judge-executive in 1977.

    McConnell figured out how to convince Louisville’s labor unions to endorse him in that first run. He pledged his support for collective bargaining for public employees when he was seeking their endorsement.

  • I would hate to be on a jury.

    A lot of people try to avoid jury duty because of the inconvenience, either personal or economic. But for me, I would want to avoid making the decision over guilt or innocence in a criminal trial.

    That’s because lawyers, typically, are good at what they do. That makes a juror’s duty hard.

  • The broad definition of volunteering is offering to do work for no compensation. But people tend to volunteer for organizations that have some personal meaning to them that gives them fulfillment.

    However, volunteers are crucial to the success of many different organizations and charities. Volunteers are necessary, and many organizations depend on them.

    Volunteering is not only about the impacts we can make in the lives of those less fortunate, but also the role it can play in the global community.

  • Sometimes you’ve got to keep getting faster just to stay in place.

    That seems to be the rule with internet speeds, especially.

    Bardstown Internet plans to bring speeds that are 10 times faster than its current highest residential tier in the Springhill area.

    The pilot program will bring download speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, the city-owned utility said recently.

    The city has not announced a price structure yet, but if its current pricing tiers are any indication, it should be some of the most affordable available anywhere.

  • Did anyone bite you at work today?

    On average, nearly 15 mail carriers per day will say, “Yes.”

    Postal Service officials report that last year, 5,714 letter carriers experienced dog bites or dog attacks. With deliveries every day, including Sundays and holidays, carriers continue to experience dog bites in urban, suburban and rural settings.

    Dog attacks and bites are 100 percent preventable when deg owners remain vigilant and properly restrain their dogs.

  • MICHAEL QUIGLEY

    Community Columnist, dr.michael.quigley@gmail.com

  • Chad McCoy

    State Representative, chad.mccoy@lrc.ky.gov

    In the final hours of the last day to veto legislation, the governor rejected an agreement that provided financial relief for quasigovernmental agencies — including local health departments, mental health agencies, and rape crisis centers — and our regional universities participating in the Kentucky Retirement Systems.

  •  Bob Higdon

    Community Columnist, bobhigdon2@gmail.com