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School's out for students, substitute teacher

School's out. School's out. Teacher's let the ... er ... students out.

Saturday 05/23/2015
Fewer publicity stunts, more results needed against Islamic State
Posted: May 23, 2015

Pentagon officials are touting the success of a Delta Force special operations commando raid in Syria last weekend that resulted in the dispatch of about a dozen Islamic State riffraff.

Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement
Posted: May 23, 2015

Maybe some people didn't understand the question. It was posed in this space a few weeks ago by Tracy, a self-described 55-year-old white woman from Texas who is sick and tired of the mounting litany of police violence against unarmed African-American boys and men.

Friday 05/22/2015
Readers Write
Posted: May 22, 2015

Beware of barbecued bugs

Dual-purpose litmus test proves hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton
Posted: May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON

Job recovery's big surprise
Posted: May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON

Just who are these outlaw bikers in Waco anyway?
Posted: May 22, 2015

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas — a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn't? Who are they?

Wednesday 05/20/2015
To the government, 'just asking' means anything but
Posted: May 20, 2015

In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric — and disregard of reality.

Republican field emerges from a clown car
Posted: May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON

Monday 05/18/2015
Accusations muddy primary race
Posted: May 18, 2015

We have consistently urged voters to not bypass elections. Often we have bemoaned the fact that in most elections, it is a minority of registered voters who actually vote. Voter apathy seems to be increasing.

Saturday 05/16/2015
Unregulated domain of 'dot-sucks' would be scary
Posted: May 16, 2015

WASHINGTON

Friday 05/15/2015
Why we love World War II
Posted: May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON -- To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II — Victory in Europe Day occurred on May 8, Victory over Japan Day happens on Aug. 14 — the Census Bureau has published some fascinating numbers that also throw light on the war's larger historical meaning. They help explain why WWII remains our favorite war. Here's an overview.

The left is so wrong on trade issue
Posted: May 15, 2015

The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold. The case put forth by a showboating Sen. Elizabeth Warren — that Obama cannot be trusted to make a deal in the interests of American workers — is almost worse than wrong. It is irrelevant.

Baltimore's problems are not rooted in racist police
Posted: May 15, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a Justice Department investigation to determine whether the Baltimore Police Department's practices are unconstitutional and violate civil rights; in short, whether or not the police force there is racist.

Thursday 05/14/2015
Kentucky editorial roundup
Posted: May 14, 2015

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:

Wednesday 05/13/2015
Anti-government resistance now beating heart of GOP
Posted: May 13, 2015

Some folks thought it was "inflammatory." Some said it was "irresponsible," others, "absurd," still others, "disappointing."

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Know how to protect the skin you’re in
Posted: May 12, 2015

How many times have you been advised to “Love the skin you’re in”?

Monday 05/11/2015
Body cams raise new privacy issues
Posted: May 11, 2015

It appears that body cameras are going to become a way of life for police officers across the nation. It's clear that the devices could have answered a lot of questions about some high-profile cases including the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and potentially the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in Baltimore.

Thursday 05/07/2015
Conway stronger Democratic choice for governor
Posted: May 07, 2015

With a crowded and contentious race for the Republican nomination for governor, the less-competitive Democratic race has drawn very little notice.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
U.S. economy still not back to normal
Posted: May 05, 2015

The Great Recession supposedly ended in June of 2009. That was the surmise of the National Bureau of Economic Research, which is the unofficial arbiter of such things.

Monday 05/04/2015
Kudos to ruling on judicial races; chief justice wisely upholds fund-raising ban
Posted: May 04, 2015

Efforts to politicize Kentucky's nonpartisan judicial races have been dealt a blow from an unlikely source: Chief Justice John Roberts was the swing vote in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld Florida's ban on judicial candidates personally soliciting campaign contributions.

Friday 05/01/2015
Baltimore violence a disgrace
Posted: May 01, 2015

What we have been watching in Baltimore in the past few days is reprehensible.

Wednesday 04/29/2015
Allow full debate on NSA spying bill
Posted: April 29, 2015

Back in January, when this Congress was brand new and Mitch McConnell was taking the reins as majority leader of the Senate, he pledged "to get committees working again."

Friday 04/24/2015
Dempsey should apologize for remarks
Posted: April 24, 2015

The U.S. and Iraqi soldiers who fought insurgents in 2006 for control of the strategic city of Ramadi in Al Anbar province rightfully believed they were doing the right thing and that retaking that city would be a symbolic victory.

Saturday 05/23/2015
Fewer publicity stunts, more results needed against Islamic State
Posted: May 23, 2015

Pentagon officials are touting the success of a Delta Force special operations commando raid in Syria last weekend that resulted in the dispatch of about a dozen Islamic State riffraff.

more »
Police brutality can't be fixed by African-American self-improvement
Posted: May 23, 2015

Maybe some people didn't understand the question. It was posed in this space a few weeks ago by Tracy, a self-described 55-year-old white woman from Texas who is sick and tired of the mounting litany of police violence against unarmed African-American boys and men.

more »
Friday 05/22/2015
Readers Write
Posted: May 22, 2015

Beware of barbecued bugs

more »
Dual-purpose litmus test proves hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton
Posted: May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON

more »
Job recovery's big surprise
Posted: May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON

more »
Just who are these outlaw bikers in Waco anyway?
Posted: May 22, 2015

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas — a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn't? Who are they?

more »
Wednesday 05/20/2015
To the government, 'just asking' means anything but
Posted: May 20, 2015

In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric — and disregard of reality.

more »
Republican field emerges from a clown car
Posted: May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON

more »
Monday 05/18/2015
Accusations muddy primary race
Posted: May 18, 2015

We have consistently urged voters to not bypass elections. Often we have bemoaned the fact that in most elections, it is a minority of registered voters who actually vote. Voter apathy seems to be increasing.

more »
Saturday 05/16/2015
Unregulated domain of 'dot-sucks' would be scary
Posted: May 16, 2015

WASHINGTON

more »
Friday 05/15/2015
Why we love World War II
Posted: May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON -- To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II — Victory in Europe Day occurred on May 8, Victory over Japan Day happens on Aug. 14 — the Census Bureau has published some fascinating numbers that also throw light on the war's larger historical meaning. They help explain why WWII remains our favorite war. Here's an overview.

more »
The left is so wrong on trade issue
Posted: May 15, 2015

The left's success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold. The case put forth by a showboating Sen. Elizabeth Warren — that Obama cannot be trusted to make a deal in the interests of American workers — is almost worse than wrong. It is irrelevant.

more »
Baltimore's problems are not rooted in racist police
Posted: May 15, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a Justice Department investigation to determine whether the Baltimore Police Department's practices are unconstitutional and violate civil rights; in short, whether or not the police force there is racist.

more »
Thursday 05/14/2015
Kentucky editorial roundup
Posted: May 14, 2015

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:

more »
Wednesday 05/13/2015
Anti-government resistance now beating heart of GOP
Posted: May 13, 2015

Some folks thought it was "inflammatory." Some said it was "irresponsible," others, "absurd," still others, "disappointing."

more »

Readers Write

Earlington needs  to clean up

Good morning to the outstanding citizens of Earlington, Ky. My name is Donald Thomas, Code Enforcement Officer for this great city. I would like to take this opportunity to ask the citizens to begin clean up around their property. A large dumpster will be placed by City Hall starting Monday, May 18 until Friday, May 29. I ask that you take advantage of this and begin to clean up around your neighborhood.

The only thing that cannot be placed in the dumpster is paint, motor oil and tires. Please make any needed repairs to your home including but not limited to siding, gutters, roofing etc. Also remove any inside furniture and anything that is cluttering up your porches and yards.

In addition, there are a lot of homes and empty lots that need the grass cut and garbage picked up.

Your neighbors have a right to the enjoyment of their homes and yards without having to look at someone else's home or lawn being in need of repair. This is serving as the first and only notice for everyone to get their property in shape. The city ordinance will be strongly enforced. Below is a list of ordinances and meanings:

90.02 Animals running at large

(A) No person who is the owner of any animal shall permit it to run at large in the public road, highway, street, lane or alley or upon enclosed land, or permit it to go on any private yard, lot, or enclosure without the consent of the owner of the yard, lot, or enclosure.

90.08 Pets must be kept within an enclosure or on a leash.

(A) All canine and feline pets must be kept inside a locked pen or enclosure at all times when outside the house in which they reside. Must be on a leash going to and from enclosure.

90.07 Livestock, fowl and poultry Prohibited:

No livestock, fowl, or poultry may be kept within the corporate limits of the city.

92.03 Certain conditions declared a Nuisance:

(1) Dangerous trees o stacks adjoining street (2) Accumulation of rubbish (3) Storage of explosives (4) Weeds and grass, (5) Open Wells (6) Trees and shrubbery obstruction streets, sidewalks, and drainage. (7) Keeping of animals (8) Junk; scrap metal; motor vehicles. (8) Noise

Donald Thomas

Code Enforcement Officer

Earlington

Return Grimes to Frankfort

We need to keep Alison Lundergan Grimes as our Secretary of State.

She traveled to the Middle East in 2013 and learned about military voting, then came back and made sure we were protecting the votes of our military by creating a portal for military and overseas voters so they can register to vote and receive their ballots electronically.

Alison has been instrumental in helping the founders of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame get up and running. Kentucky is only the seventh state to initiate this program in the United States. Like I said, she is a keeper.

She has generously educated the participants in the American Legion's Boys State program on the mechanics of voting using real electronic booths. And she helped register many young men who were turning 18.

Alison has improved our commonwealth's business climate with Kentucky's Business One Stop Portal, bringing our state into the 21st Century. Some 100,000 new business have started up under Alison's watch. I say let's keep this hard working lady in office."

Parvin R. Gibbs

USAF retired veteran

Madisonville

    

Boycott called on all talking heads post-Stephanopoulos

Some of you are probably done with ABC News over the George Stephanopoulos embarrassment.

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Problems for Jeb Bush much bigger than his Iraq war stumble

By now everyone has had their say about Jeb Bush's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. The consensus is that Bush misheard Megyn Kelly's "knowing what we know now" question about the Iraq war. I'm not convinced.

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Bab(i)es on campus crying out for their 'safe zones'

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own.

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Case against the trade deal is simply bogus

WASHINGTON -- One of the most seemingly compelling arguments against the free trade legislation now before Congress turns out to be largely bogus.

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Which people count as journalists today?

My first job in journalism was as a copyboy at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, D.C. In my early 20s, I asked Bill Corrigan, the newsroom manager, "What must I do to get on the air?" He replied, "Get a college degree and a minimum of five years writing experience with a newspaper or wire service."

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Death penalty for Tsarnaev hurts Boston

Why was 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to die in a state so generally opposed to capital punishment? A recent Boston Globe poll found that only 19 percent of Massachusetts residents wanted the Boston Marathon bomber put to death. The state hasn't seen an execution since 1947.

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Social worker's right-to-work 'research' is shaky

Not only is there a real gap in economic growth between states with and without right-to-work policies, but the chasm between those who write papers from ivory towers and local leaders fighting in the trenches to bring jobs to their communities has never been wider.

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Lang discovers that GoFundMe is much worse than Obamacare

Luis Lang would like you to send him some money.

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Bush's caution alarming for candidacy

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush promised he would be his "own man," and this week he proved it — alas for him.

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Huckabee stirs the pot of Tubs' socialist programs

HUH, USA -- Tubs wiggled his way through the crowd blocking the door like a cat who had just ticked off a jaybird. It was plain to see that Tubs wasn't in the best of moods.

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