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Columns

  • Needed: Consumer-driven reform, not Obamacare

    Supporters of the insufferable Obama administration’s misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continue to rope low-information Americans into believing that needed health care reform will be achieved only by a policy like “Obamacare,” which forces healthy individuals to pay for policies filled with services – and costs – they neither want nor need in order to provide lower-cost coverage to the sick.

  • Theft was wrong, response was right

    When does a blatant, criminal act of outright theft produce a good result – and an educational experience as well – in terms of the First Amendment?

  • Coach Pawley an inspiration to all

    By THOMAS ED CECIL

    Guest Columnist

  • Developing trust based on experience

    Let’s start with a basic question: How do you decide who to trust?

    Perhaps they look you directly in the eye and offer a firm handshake. Those are signs of trustworthness, right? That’s what Mrs. Alton, my second-grade teacher used to say.

    Or maybe there was something familiar in their demeanor that makes you comfortable. On the other hand, you may rely on some special intuition that magically measures sincerity in their voice.

  • Three challenges necessary to improve the road ahead

    One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown.

    Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser and that was the American people.

    Why? Because nothing got resolved. The agreement leaves the government open only until mid-January and gives the Treasury the ability to borrow through early February. All that effort secured us the barest minimum that we needed.

  • Attorneys can make a difference by ‘helping just one’

    Imagine facing serious, life-changing legal issues such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, domestic violence and wrongful eviction and not being able to afford an attorney.

    That’s the reality for thousands of low-income Kentuckians.

    As we celebrate National Pro Bono Week from Oct. 20-26, the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission is highlighting widespread demand for civil legal aid in Kentucky and recognizing attorneys who provide free legal counsel to those who need it most.

  • Same tongue that sings praises can spread gossip

    She lowered her eyes as if she were too ashamed to look at me. Her quivering voice revealed the emotional pain she was experiencing: “Pastor, what those people are saying about me just isn’t true.”

  • Lessons played on a bedroom turntable

    Watching grandchildren excel at the latest video games, relying on “bed-night movies” to wind down before sleep and thriving on music-on-demand services, it’s clear growing up is different.

    A 2-year-old can torture you with DVR storage devoted to “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” episodes. A grown man can only take so many scenes with Donald Duck and Goofy pleading, “Oh, Toodles!”

  • Free press has rights — and responsibilities

    The First Amendment is very clear in its 45 words that it protects a “free press” along with our rights to religious freedom, free speech and the rights to assemble and petition.

    But the Founders, in effect, placed a responsibility on that free press in return for being the only profession named in the Bill of Rights: The news media were to be a “watchdog on government,” providing us with facts, perspective and sometimes contrarian views that help citizens better chart the course of their government.

  • Message from beyond focuses on scientific discoveries

    My laptop is channeling Carl Sagan. With auto-correct changing my sentences and random freeze-ups deleting my drafts, he is skillfully guiding my words from the great beyond.