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The right to privacy will soon belong to a new top 1 percent


Why did Jeff Bezos, founder of tech giant Amazon, send gushy texts to his paramour, it appears, without using encryption? Why did he even take selfies of an intimate nature? There are more whys to come, but these two are related to questions of privacy, which, we are told, is dead. Shouldn’t Bezos, of all people, have known better? His […]

Be a hero; give your blood here Thursday

You can become a hero this week by donating blood to the Kentucky Blood Center on Thursday when the KBC Bloodmobile arrives in Whitesburg. The blood drive will be held at the Whitesburg Plaza Shopping Center at Ermine, beginning at 12:15 p.m. and continuing until 5:45 p.m. Many times it doesn’t cross our minds until a disaster strikes, but the […]

‘Permitless carry’ puts good citizens at a disadvantage

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides U.S. citizens the right to bear arms. The amendment, adopted in 1791, reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” For nearly 228 years, Americans have been debating and arguing over its […]

State legislature wastes time naming state fish. Now they need to work.



In the great mockumentary “Best in Show,” when Harlan Pepper isn’t doing what he does best — raising bloodhounds — he’s naming nuts. Peanuts. Hazelnuts. Cashew nuts. Macadamia nuts. “It used to drive my mother crazy because she used to say, ‘Harlan Pepper, if you don’t stop naming nuts …,’” Pepper recalled in the movie. Here in Kentucky, when the […]

Critics of Vance’s‘Hillbilly Elegy’ respond with their own book



J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy,” the surprise best seller published in 2016, is a frisky memoir with a bit of conservative moralizing dangling off, like the price tag on Minnie Pearl’s hat. Nearly everyone likes the memoir sections. (His portrait of his grandmother, a “pistol-packing lunatic,” is indelible.) The moralizing has been divisive. A new anthology, “Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds […]

Bernie Sanders, it’s over


Before the 2016 presidential race, Bernie Sanders exuded some charm as an unapologetic lefty with a Brooklyn accent. But when his campaign gained traction, the authoritarian took over. Unwilling to concede that Democratic primary voters preferred Hillary Clinton to him — she had amassed nearly 4 million more votes — he continued to undermine her all the way up to […]

Local official says road help promised at Frankfort meeting

Letter to the Editor:

To the Editor: During my visit to Frankfort last week for “Legislative Day,” I was honored to be able to sit down and have a meeting with Kentucky Transportation Secretary Greg Thomas and Deputy Secretary Paul Looney. We were able to discuss the tremendous concern our citizens have expressed about the poor road conditions throughout Letcher County. I took several […]

What is coal’s future in our Appalachia?


For whatever reason, Trump has been obsessed with the fortunes of Appalachian coal mines which has resulted in a series of proposals intended to bail out a foundering fossil-fuel industry. In taking these action, Trump incorrectly blamed the industry’s problems on overregulation and, because of this, the president is scrapping the Clean Power Plan, rolling back the regulation on the […]

Don’t punish doctors who truly care for those in pain


I know. I know the heartache of mothers who lose their sons, children who lose themselves. I’m as enraged as anyone by the pain peddlers who hand out pills that get sold on the street, popped with abandon, shared among friends. It seems to me that if you sell guns, you have an obligation to make sure that they are […]

It’s time for Democrats to push back on radical few


Outsize attention has been paid to outlier Democrats making outrageous remarks. They are a small handful of House Democrats, though you’d never know it, given all their headlines. The dominant names — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — are newly elected “women of color.” Fine, but they also ran in districts […]


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