National Opinions

Trump’s ‘C’ debate; advice for the second one

Donald Trump scored a gentleman’s “C” in his first debate with Hillary Clinton. She was programmed, like one of those androids from the film “Westworld,” spewing out well-rehearsed sound bites, smiling (sometimes condescendingly), and even tossing in a few wiggles. It was all designed to make her look warm and wonderful.


Ban the box; ex-offenders need to get jobs

For the many Kentuckians concerned that outdated criminal justice laws are endangering public safety and ruining people’s lives, it’s heartening that Congress has indicated that it may take up the issue during the coming weeks. But it remains unclear whether any legislation will make it to the president’s desk.


12-step programs do help break addictions

In the Sept. 4 Herald Leader, Dr. Rae Brown of the University of Kentucky beautifully describes the inadequate treatment of the current opioid epidemic in Kentucky. I agree completely that there is “no safe opioid dose, no safe opioid agent and no safe patient.”


Dissent helped shape our nation’s priorities

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem in protest against “police brutality and social injustice” has provoked much righteous outrage. Thoughtful critics like New York Times columnist David Brooks have tried to dissuade younger football players from following Kaepernick’s example.


Drug industry’s quest for profits yields superbugs

It has been three years since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention effectively declared victory in the fight against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA and reported a decrease by over 50 percent in hospital-acquired MRSA infections.


UKHealth foundation expanded care to E. Ky.

Banker Luther Deaton writes that thanks to Dr. Michael Karpf, UK HealthCare and the Kentucky Medical Services Foundation health care options have improved for people in Eastern Kentucky and criticism of KMSF as secretive is unfair.


Where’s McConnell on boost for coal country?

A $1 billion plan to put coal miners back to work and turn some of Appalachia’s environmental problems into economic progress holds promise but must involve residents of the region in planning and ensure that the benefits stay in the communities where help is needed the most.


Dunbar girls' soccer hitting stride as postseason nears

Paul Laurence Dunbar tied Henry Clay, 1-1, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. It was Dunbar's second positive result against a top-10 city rival this week.
Dunbar girls' soccer hitting stride as postseason nears 1:23

Dunbar girls' soccer hitting stride as postseason nears

Kash Daniel: Playing No. 1 team is special 1:19

Kash Daniel: Playing No. 1 team is special

Wesley Woodyard inspired Denzil Ware 1:01

Wesley Woodyard inspired Denzil Ware

Democrats call on Bevin to release K-12 funds 0:46

Democrats call on Bevin to release K-12 funds