The (political) age problem

It’s against the law to discriminate in employment. As an old lawyer, I firmly subscribe to the canon of young doctors and old lawyers. And old legislators, some of the time. Nicholas Pelosi would the King of the Hill, and no one would be commenting on his clothes. It should be called Obama-Pelosi Care. But Nancy Pelosi’s still 78, an […]

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Dilemma for moderate GOPers

If there was one place where the moderate Republican could make a brave last stand, it was at the Metropolitan Republican Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. New York County (Manhattan) was one of the few counties outside Ohio to prefer John Kasich over Trump in the 2016 primaries. The club was home base for John Lindsay, the legendary liberal […]

Halloween scares were horrific lies

Alas, no surprise here: A 5-year-old Galion, Ohio, boy who tested positive for methamphetamine after trick-or-treating was not given drug-laced candy by a stranger, the police now report. Instead, his father has been charged with possession of meth and drug tampering. The case was sad and suspicious from the start. The boy had barely eaten any of his candy, only […]

Stop arguing with political opponents and start listening

When was the last time you spoke with someone of a different political persuasion than yourself and listened well enough to understand where they were coming from? Has it been a week? A month? A year? For way too many of us, the answer to that question is “never.” As a country, we never listen to the “other side” anymore. […]

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What if we made voting fun!

At last, here comes Tuesday, Nov. 6: Time to vote! From coast to coast, We the People will stream into polling places to say “yes” (or “no”) to a lineup of politicos seeking to become our public officials. It’s the majestic panorama of democracy in action. Well … describing today’s electoral process as “majestic” is hardly the right word, for […]

Now is the time to take proper steps to prevent flu

Already, the flu is beginning to wreak havoc on the Commonwealth. The first flu-related death of the season was reported in Fayette County. According to a report from the Courier Journal of Louisville, in February 2018, the Kentucky Cabinet For Health and Family Services reported 100 flu-related deaths. During the 2016-2017 flu season, the commonwealth recorded 76 deaths. If you […]

Even birth control is under attack

There was a time when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed that access to birth control was a public good. Most saw preventing unwanted pregnancies as key to making abortions rare. Those days are over. The Trump administration is indulging a religious hard right, helping it merge the politics of abortion and birth control into one. There has long been a […]

Hepatitis outbreak can be managed

The sharp spike in the number of hepatitis A cases may be concerning, but most people should not be concerned about contracting the infection if proper precautions are taken. The latest state data show 1,000 of the 1,592 reported cases across Kentucky are classified as “illicit drug use + no/unknown homelessness.” Another 189 cases are classified as “homelessness + illicit […]

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