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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
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There's a bad wrong with these calendars
We have concluded, after much scientific-like thought (furrowed brow, chin in hand, and the occasional "hmmmm" uttered in serious tone) that our calendars are now between two weeks and a full month out of sync with our changing seasons.

This is Nobel Prize stuff here, so pay attention.

There is absolutely no argument that we are currently in the month of April, but if you didn't know that, you'd swear it was March.

The wind, the rain, the cold, the warm, the frost, the wind, the wind...

Get the picture?

Now, fast forward to late October.

It's hot, hot, hot.

Our theory is that somewhere in the recent past...probably Y2K...somebody changed all of our calendars while we weren't looking.

Now, spring arrives almost a month late and summer lasts almost a month too long.

How do we fix it?

Simple, instead of "spring forward" for Daylight Savings Time, we flop backward a month.

Throw away all those 2003 calendars.

Today is really March 9, 2003.

There, everything is back in order and we're ready to accept that Nobel which, by the way, will be issued in October, which will really be September, which means the real Nobel ceremony will have to be held in November if it is to be delivered in October.

Or something.


The state Republican Party, which has really gone above and beyond the last few years to illustrate why it was not allowed to share governing power in Frankfort for centuries, is now adding a chapter on how not to win the governorship until hell freezes over.

After capturing a majority in the Ky. Senate four or five years ago, the state GOP has used its new and historic bargaining power to deliver...nothing. Unless you consider blocking certain Democratic-sponsored legislation to be leadership, that is.

We don't.

Now, with Kentucky voters showing strong inclination toward conservatism and the state Democrat Party reeling from an overdose of good-old-boyism and an incurable case of Pattonitis, the GOP is capitalizing on its opportunity to claim the governorship for the first time in 35 years by jumping one by one off a cliff.

Instead of promoting party unity...or even a clean, fair primary fight...the party has one candidate, Steve Nunn, trying to eliminate another, Ernie Fletcher, via the courtroom rather than the voting booth.

The result will be a compound fracture that the GOP won't be able to heal...even if it tries, which it won't...before the big race in November.

The nauseating split among Nunn and Fletcher camps has left more than a few GOP loyalists more interested in affecting the outcome of the Democrat primary than their own, and for good reason.

While Steve and Ernie fiddle, Rome burns.

And, the next Caesar will not be wearing a pachyderm logo on his toga.

The next governor of Kentucky will be the wise Democrat who courts the state's overwhelmingly conservative voter while distancing himself from the Frankfort in-crowd.

Does the name Bruce Lunsford mean anything to you?

Neither did the name Wallace Wilkinson at this stage of the game.


The shooting part of this war in Iraq may soon be over, thank God.

The arguing over who was right and who was wrong will undoubtedly grow louder and more persistent as we move into the next phase...reconstruction of the country in both physical and philosophical manners.

We intend to tune out the noise of this debate with the sight and sounds of those joyful Iraqis celebrating their liberation.

We note a sad truth for those who feel they must continue the debate over our justification for spilling the blood of young Americans in this fight.

No battle for freedom was ever won without sacrifice, and no sacrifice made for the spread of freedom is in vain.


That's easy for us to say from our easy chair as we sacrifice nothing but a few hours sleep to watch the war unfold on those 24/7 news channels.

Sometimes we even feel ashamed to have it so good when so many others have it so bad.

We are very fortunate, indeed.

There's something else about this current and continuing conflict against terrorism that sets our minds at ease a bit about the future.

We can stop worrying about what our kids will amount to.

Those faces covered with Iraqi dust on our TV screens are our kids, the members of Generations X and Y who also have often been criticized as the me-first generation.

No more.

These kids are fighting this fight, with great courage and honor and, yes, sacrifice.

We needn't wonder about them or the fate of this world any longer.

Generation next will do just fine.


Well, we don't know just how fine anyone will be in Kentucky over the next few years, given the state of our state's finances.

It doesn't look very good, though, and there appears to be very little desire among state legislators to improve the forecast.

A report last week suggested that our state education system alone needs a couple hundred million bucks more funding...just to meet current needs...but that hole doesn't appear in the budget legislators are patting themselves on the back for passing.

That budget is bogus, Governor Patton suggests, because it really doesn't balance without a hefty dose of creative accounting.

Don't get the wrong idea, here. We're not suggesting that legislators are totally incompetent.

In fact, they're consummate professionals...when it comes to getting themselves re-elected.

Just don't expect them to do too much for everyone else.


Meanwhile, back at the war...

Everybody is saying that we should invite the U.N. — France included — into the postwar process for establishing a government in Iraq...primarily for the purpose of avoiding the appearance that the U.S. is "occupying" the country.

Our question is, why should we give two hoots in heck about how we appear to other countries...especially those who protested the liberation of Iraq all along?

The Iraqis certainly don't see us as an occupying force.

The only appearance we need to exhibit to everyone else is that we're not kidding when we say we aren't going to roll over and play dead for tyrants and terrorists anymore.

As far as we're concerned, the U.N. forfeited all rights to postwar involvement in Iraq when it reneged on its own resolutions.

And France?

Well, they picked the wrong side, didn't they?

And you know what?

The French disconnection in this fight WAS all about oil.

You'll be hearing more about that as time goes by.

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