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Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s view of the news of the week in full color, broad strokes and few words

                Joe Heller was the editorial cartoonist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wis., from 1985 until being laid off in July 2013. He still draws several cartoons a week and distributes them through his own syndicate. Through Heller Syndication, his cartoons regularly appear in more than 400 newspapers, making him the most successful...

Amye Bensenhaver: Shepherd’s victory in Franklin Circuit Court race a win for open government in KY

Judge Phillip Shepherd’s victory secures the future of open government in Franklin Circuit Court for the next eight years. The Kentucky Open Government Coalition watched the nonpartisan judicial race with great interest, knowing that a substantial number of open records cases begin in the Franklin Circuit Court and that Shepherd’s track record on open government disputes is a strong one. This...

Bill Straub: Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose — but big loser Tuesday was definitely Donald Trump

WASHINGTON – The late Al Smith, my old mentor, and a renowned raconteur used to tell a story about Frank Albert Stubblefield’s upstart campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in Kentucky’s First Congressional District in 1958. On primary election night, Stubblefield called the political boss of Logan County, Emerson “Doc” Beauchamp, one of his most influential supporters, to...

Al Cross: Voters have their say on abortion; now the courts can, then the legislature

“It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” –Winston Churchill, 1947 Democracy has difficulty with issues of morality. Perhaps the greatest examples are Prohibition and abortion. Prohibition still exists under local option, but abortion is not an issue on which voters usually get to make decisions....

Damon Thayer: Celebrating the veterans who defend our unique rights as American citizens

Shorter days and colder temperatures are evidence of autumn and the impending arrival of the holiday season. Kentucky residents from communities across the bluegrass have completed their civic duty by visiting their local polling station and casting votes for those they wish to represent them in local, state and federal office. Having exercised our sacred voting rights, we celebrate the very individuals...

Constance Alexander: Lessons learned from the last roses of the season as the cold winter looms

Like aging aristocrats down on their luck, the last roses huddle in the autumn twilight. Heads bowed, petals wilting, they are shabby but stoic as they brace themselves for winter. I want to cut the last of them. Bring them inside. But I know my husband, the rose tender, would say it is best to leave the last buds on the vine. “It will make them stronger next spring,” he would advise. Instead of...

Judy Clabes: Go to the polls tomorrow with just your good conscience — and vote for good people

Please vote tomorrow — if you are registered. Exercise your most precious right as an American citizen and make your voice heard. Be as informed as possible, give careful thought to your choices, and take your best self and your conscience to the polls. That’s all that’s required. Vote for good people. It’s really that simple. Please help bring America back to what America can...

Joe Heller: A cartoonist’s view of the news of the week — in full color, broad strokes, few words

                Joe Heller was the editorial cartoonist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Green Bay, Wis., from 1985 until being laid off in July 2013. He still draws several cartoons a week and distributes them through his own syndicate. Through Heller Syndication, his cartoons regularly appear in more than 400 newspapers, making him the most successful...

Election ’22: Wheatley for state rep., Aubuchon, Florence Mayor; JB Smith, Crescent Springs council

Buddy Wheatley: 65th District not for sale For those of us who serve as state representatives, every two years is an opportunity to get feedback – a report card of sorts – about how we’re doing. I have always welcomed the opportunity to connect with the people of my district, get their input, and project their collective voice as I represent them in Frankfort. Buddy Wheatley Your voice matters...

Election ’22: ‘No’ on Amendment 1, McNeese for Kenton Family Court Judge, restored voting rights

‘No’ on Amendment #1 — Protect life and liberty When I was first elected to the General Assembly Frankfort wags would remind legislators that “the life and liberty of Kentuckians are never in greater danger that when the General Assembly is in session.” That was at a time when the General Assembly met every two years. Today the General Assembly meets every year. And now, with...

Bill Straub: Rand Paul’s viciousness could be put to real harm if he becomes chair of Senate committee

Sen. Rand Paul is a buffoon. But he may soon become a buffoon with a microphone and a gavel, which will almost certainly work to the nation’s detriment. Paul, R-Bowling Green, the near wholly owned subsidiary of billionaire Jeff Yass, is in line to become chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee if: a) he wins re-election on Tuesday, which he probably will; and b) Republicans...

Election ’22: Protect Kentucky Access says vote ‘No’ on Amendment 2 — it’s too extreme for Kentucky

Amendment 2 is too extreme for Kentucky. On November 8, we must vote No. On November 8, Kentuckians will be asked to fundamentally change our state’s constitution and allow politicians to ban all access to abortion with no exceptions, including in cases of rape, incest, and when the health and life of the mother is at risk. This is a dangerous act of government overreach, and to protect our neighbors,...

Al Cross: Political tumult makes us value pols like Ron Mazzoli, whose ‘fine character always won’

As the nation hurtles toward a tumultuous and fraught midterm election, Kentucky is an island of relative calm. Beyond elections for local office in every county, our voters seem unlikely to change much of government, with Republican congressional incumbents favored and GOP legislative majorities secure. Louisville will get a new congressman, almost surely another Democrat; the biggest change could...

Election ’22: Letters from supporters of candidates Wheatley, Cetrulo, Aubuchon, Heinrich, Barton

Buddy Wheatley for state representative In a live candidate forum recently, candidate Stephanie Dietz described Covington as a place with a lot of “mental health issues” and “crime down there”, while repeatedly stumbling on questions regarding large portions of her district. As a long-time Covington resident, the co-founder of the COVunity Fridge, and active community member,...

Constance Alexander: Children’s book offers look at colorful life of artist, Mayfield native Ellis Wilson

As Mayfield rebuilds and reshapes its vision of the future after last December’s deadly tornado, the community can glean inspiration from the story of Ellis Wilson. The celebrated artist left his hometown in the early 1900s with a dream he never abandoned, despite many obstacles. It was “a time when most folks saw the world as black or white,” according to Jayne Moore Waldrop’s book, “The...