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Today's Opinions

  • Event manages to overcome conditions

    ISSUE: Cruisin’ the Heartland
    OUR VIEW: A successful transition

    Greeted by gray skies full of clouds that delivered some off-and-on showers, Saturday did not offer conditions typically conducive for pulling a classic car out of the garage. While this year’s version of Cruisin’ the Heartland did not enjoy the perfect weather of 2012, spirits of the participants were not dampened.

  • Things I learned from my father-in-law

    They let her know he wasn’t her “real” dad when she was a little girl.

    It stung, at least for a while.

    “I always thought I was my daddy’s ‘real’ little girl. I guess I was afraid that might change.”

    But it didn’t. Not even for a moment.

  • Guthrie challenges Duke deactivation

    ISSUE: Political motivations questioned
    OUR VIEW: Downsizing should be justified

  • In pursuit of fame, second chances are hard to come by

    Talent often is not enough.

    Coupled with hard work and determination, talent may take flight. But often in this complex, unfair world that combination still falls short.

    You also need good fortune and opportunity. And if you get one chance at success or fame, you better make the most of it.

    Second chances are even more rare.

    Marty Brown is pursuing his second chance.

  • Assault on economic sensibility

    “Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own,” was the pearl of wisdom I recently borrowed from the late Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman.

    Though I originally used the quote in reference to the Kentucky State Fair Board’s willingness to forgive debt obligations from the Louisville Arena Authority worth millions of taxpayer dollars, the principle applies in many other “arenas” (sorry) as well, including Kentucky’s public-pension system.

  • July 26, 2013: Our readers write

    McConnell no statesman

    Some voters say they will stick with Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 because of his five terms of experience that have served Kentucky and America so well. More and more Kentuckians are fed up with Minority Leader McConnell’s roadblock tactics in the Senate. Multitudes of voters in the other 49 states also are unhappy with McConnell’s poor, negative leadership.

  • Why governing is so difficult

    If you want to know why passing congressional legislation has gotten so difficult, here are two numbers to remember: 5 and 532. They illustrate a great deal about Congress today.

    When I served in the House decades ago and the “farm bill”came up, stitching a successful piece of legislation together depended on getting five organizations to find common ground. They included groups such as the national Farm Bureau and the Farmers Union, and our task was clear: get them to agree on what the bill ought to look like, and we had a measure that could pass.

  • July 25, 2013: Our readers write

    Keep it clean

    Thanks to the writer of the July 14 letter pointing out the danger of freshly cut grass on the roadway. It becomes even more slick when rain falls on the cuttings.

    Another serious danger to all riders and drivers is loose gravel that washes out or is dragged onto the roadway. When that happens at my place, I get a broom — a push broom works best — and sweep it back to where it belongs.