• It seems to me that we have been blessed with two public servants that think a lot alike: John Royalty and Anthony Orr. Their philosophy is “my way or the highway.” I think if our other elected officials can’t rid themselves of these two problems, then we desperately need to elect officials that can and will do their job!
    Phil Carter

  • If you look at the polls, it is clear who’s winning the 2016 presidential contest: Barack Obama.

    There remains the technical impediment that the president is constitutionally barred from a third term. But the longer the campaign goes on, the higher Obama’s approval rating rises. This should be bad for Donald Trump and good for the eventual Democratic nominee, almost certainly Hillary Clinton. But it is even better for Obama’s legacy.

  • Even Donald Trump’s defenders on the right are hard-pressed to argue that he is conservative. He is, nonetheless, a kind of conservative dream candidate.

    Few politicians in memory have so powerfully tapped into and expressed the conservative id, which has long yearned for a Republican politician willing to heap the verbal abuse on the Clintons and, especially, on the media that they so manifestly deserve.

  • In this tumultuous election year, those described as “populists” have rallied angry Americans by blaming others for problems — Mexican immigrants, Wall Street investors, Muslims, evangelical Christians, liberals, conservatives, the rich, the poor.

    Once, however, there were leaders who inspired us, not by who they were against, but by what they were for — a promise of a better future for all of us.

    Bobby Kennedy was that kind of populist.

  • The latest controversy involving the Bardstown Police Department and the city’s accusation against a former officer of destroying files was easily avoidable.

    On Tuesday, the city claimed former police Capt. Tom Roby destroyed important files that are unrecoverable as he was cleaning out his office when he retired. He is accused of shredding paper documents and deleting his hard drive. The city claims it has no way of knowing what was destroyed. Implicit in its report is that there was malice behind Roby’s alleged actions.

  • Rick McCubbin was a rare breed of police chief.

    He is a natural communicator. Most police chiefs are not.

  • Save us all the faux drama. We already know how this star-crossed courtship is going to end: House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) will decide that Donald Trump isn’t such an ogre after all, and they’ll live unhappily ever after.

    Ryan will be unhappy, at least. Trump has stolen his party, and there’s nothing Ryan can do in the short term to get it back.

  • Prior to the 2012 election, Democrats had a theory: Republicans were in the grip of a “fever” that had led them to oppose and attempt to obstruct President Barack Obama at every turn. If Obama won a second term, the fever would break.

  • The final week of the 2016 General Assembly was marked by the passage of a $21 billion spending plan for the two-year period beginning July 1, and it is being hailed as the most conservative budget the commonwealth has seen in a generation.

    Gov. Matt Bevin set the parameters for the state budget debate when he announced his proposed budget in January. He proposed major funding increases to Kentucky’s struggling pension systems and asked other areas of state government to participate in funding reductions.

  • Four days after Mother’s Day, Mom called to tell me they had found her billfold. The cash, credit cards and her Social Security card were gone, of course, but what troubled her most was that some of her most precious keepsakes were missing.

    The one she treasured most was a card on the back of which my father had pledged his undying love. He gave it to her when she was17, and she had kept it close for nearly 60 years.

    “Why would she want that?” she asked.

    It meant nothing to the woman who robbed her. It meant everything to her.

  • If not for a certain Manhattan billionaire, Bernie Sanders’s surprising strength and Hillary Clinton’s relative weakness would be the big political story of the year.

    Democrats are fortunate that bloody insurrection is roiling the Republican Party. Clinton — the likely Democratic nominee — will almost surely face either Donald Trump, who is toxic to most of the electorate, or an alternative chosen at the GOP convention and seen by Trumpistas as an usurper.

  •  Donald Trump never ceases to amaze, but his answer at a CNN town hall about the pledge he had taken to support the Republican Party’s nominee was still jaw-dropping.

    Not only did Trump say that the pledge is null and void as far as he’s concerned, he also went further and told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he doesn’t want the support of Ted Cruz.


    Have you ever had dreams in which you found yourself in impossible situations — such as walking down the street in your underwear, or rushing down the hall looking for a locker that holds the books that you need for a test that you haven’t studied for, or looking for important papers at your job — when you know that somehow, or some way, that everything is terribly wrong? You are in the grip of a terrible fear; what you consider normal is gone, and you are in a world that is totally foreign to you.

  • It’s good to be back.

    Monday was my first day as editor at The Kentucky Standard since early November. I left for the right reasons, and I came back for the right reasons. Life is complicated like that, and it is rare that you get a second chance at an opportunity, so I count myself lucky.

    I am lucky for several reasons, too numerous to list in this space. But my time away gave me a chance to reflect on a few aspects related to work and life that I wanted to share.


    Work-life balance

  • New Haven has a number of issues, so many that some city officials are concerned the city is on a slow death march.

    Boarded-up storefronts dot the downtown landscape, leaving residents longing for a better time, when the historic buildings in the flood plain featured bustling businesses, the lifeblood of small towns. Another lifeblood, the population, is rapidly aging, dying or moving away, and more and more renters have lent to a more transient populace. Employment opportunities are limited.

  •  When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, I chuckled. Perhaps I was not the only person to find it humorous.

    When he began dominating polls, I discarded the information as useless. After all, it was quite early in the campaign. The Donald is well known, and name recognition often matters most in those surveys.

  • The South Carolina Republican primary may well be Jeb Bush’s last stand. He described the situation — polls show him trailing badly, following weak performances in Iowa and New Hampshire — in typical Bushian syntax:

    “It’s all been decided, apparently,” he harrumphed this week in Summerville, a town near Charleston. “The pundits have already figured it out. We don’t have to go vote. I should stop campaigning maybe.”

    Maybe so, actually.

  • Donald Trump is running riot in the GOP china shop and gleefully tearing the place up.

    Consider the strength of Trump’s position: If he wins South Carolina by a big margin, he goes into Nevada with momentum, and the latest poll there has him leading by 26 points. If he enters Super Tuesday a week later having won three out of the past three states — and with Ted Cruz diminished by a South Carolina loss and Marco Rubio having won nowhere — he could easily win, say, 10 contests that day.

  • Brett Guthrie
    U.S. Representative

    We all know that health care has become increasingly complicated, costly, and limited — especially for our nation’s seniors, who rely on a confusing, overly-strained Medicare program to receive their care.

    While traditional Medicare insures the majority of our nation’s seniors, the Medicare Advantage program is a growing choice within Medicare, allowing beneficiaries to choose a private plan to administer their Medicare benefits.

  • Community journalism in Kentucky has lost one of its finest leaders.

    I learned about John Nelson’s “unexpected, but welcome” retirement as executive editor of The Advocate-Messenger and its three sister newspapers when his daughter, Julie Harris, posted about it on Facebook.

    Julie once worked for me when I worked for him. That could have been awkward, but it never was.

    John and I weren’t close, probably because we seldom worked in the same office, but I always liked and respected him.