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POV | Code of Silence Must be Broken Video included

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About a year ago, I did an editorial saying at the rate we were going, over a hundred Louisvillians would be shot and killed before New Year’s Day. I wish I’d been wrong about that.

GUEST POV | Time for a grand jury

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Although the U of L Foundation audit graphically illustrates what I believe is the corruption of James Ramsey's presidency, it does not capture the full extent of the problems.

POV | Time’s Up for Dan Johnson Video included

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As most of us know by now, Metro Councilman Dan Johnson has been accused of multiple episodes of inappropriate behavior in the past few months. 

GUEST POV | Why does Louisville need another government-run broadband network? Video included

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As Louisville taxpayers, we get to pay for two unnecessary government programs. And for what?

POV | A rebuttal to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's comments about the media -- and WDRB Video included

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Matt Bevin will only be Governor for a limited time, but I can assure you that WDRB and other members of the media will continue to deliver great journalism long after he is out of office.

POV | U of L should do better on NCAA appeal Video included

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Now for the NCAA to perhaps take away almost 125 victories they earned, the national championship, and demand millions of dollars back from tournament appearances is beyond punitive. It is a gross and despicable overreach.

POV | U of L’s Past Sins Shouldn’t Dim Its Future Video included

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Before the much-awaited forensic audit came out last Thursday for the U of L Foundation and others, acting President Gregg Postel was smart to remind us that everything the audit would show was in the past.

GUEST POV | End pig wrestling Video included

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Surely our community could have found another means of entertainment that doesn't rely on bullying helpless animals.

POV | Baseball takes center stage Video included

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Right in the middle of all the recent stories about crime, political shenanigans and other downers, there’s a story that should be making us all feel just a little bit better about things.

POV | We need more than prayer Video included

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I'm no theologian, but I’ve always assumed that the God I grew up with was pretty good at keeping up with current events. 

GUEST POV | Support for Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana can help curb Louisville violence Video included

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Studies show that for every $1.00 invested in our club kids, the community receives a return of over $10.00 in savings of government spending, including incarceration and welfare costs.

POV | Police chief deserves council support - not blame Video included

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It’s rarely difficult to recognize a serious problem. But it can be a lot trickier determining its real cause. Some local officials are barking up the wrong tree regarding one of Louisville’s most serious issues. 

POV | VA Hospital to Jewish Location? Video included

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Sure, this idea to make Jewish the new VA Hospital may have its flaws. But it can’t hurt to at least talk about it.

POV | Here’s to the good teachers Video included

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Jefferson County’s public schools have taken a lot of journalistic heat during the past year. But this week reminds us that there’s a lot of success happening at JCPS as well. 

POV | How tough on crime should we be? Video included

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced a new policy ordering federal prosecutors to pursue the toughest possible charges against crime suspects in all cases.

SHRIBMAN | The mysteries of American political philosophy

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In no country in the civilized world is less attention paid to philosophy than in the United States.

GUEST POV | Louisville, we need to have a long, hard talk about sewage Video included

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While MSD facilities are out-of-sight and out-of-mind, it's time for an urgent conversation about continuing to protect Louisville's public health and safety.

POV | A tradition with a reason Video included

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We're beginning our 16th year doing editorials on WDRB. And the question is, why do we do them? It's a simple question with several answers.

POV | The Comey Case -- what's the real story? Video included

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Last week, President Trump portrayed the firing of FBI Director James Comey as the best solution to a serious American problem. But was the problem really with the country? Or with Trump himself? 

SHRIBMAN | When history is set in stone

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Fights over the past have always been part of the present.

GUEST POV | Build the new VA hospital in Radcliff, not on Brownsboro Road Video included

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Congress controls the VA budget and Congress can stop the fraud, waste, abuse and greed. They just need to do it.

POV | Kudos to Churchill Downs Video included

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Despite the unique challenges posed by the weather, I believe Churchill Downs put on one of the finest shows in its long history.

POV | 'None of the above' should be an option Video included

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During just about every election – and especially the last one – I hear many people say they wish they had the choice of voting for “None of the Above.”

SHRIBMAN | It's the end of politics as we know it

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The prize for the most important book with the most misleading title might go to "The End of Liberalism," published in 1969 by Theodore J. Lowi, who died less than three months ago. In the second edition of that book, published 10 years after it first was released, the Cornell political scientist sets forth in 11 enigmatic words why he once was named by his peers as the most influential political scientist in the country:

POV | Welcome to Derby 143 Video included

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As one of our city’s proudest, self-appointed ambassadors, I’d like to welcome all our out-of- town Kentucky Derby guests to Louisville.

POV | Louisville’s crisis of leadership Video included

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This community often finds it easy to grow disenchanted with its leaders. But do we expect too much in the way of perfection? And do we do our part to help them succeed? 

SHRIBMAN | In our era of despair, history offers counsel

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A quarter-century ago, only the most wild-eyed, optimistic, maybe slightly crazy visionary could have imagined the Buffalo of today: a modern, tech-oriented city that has transformed rubble into revitalization, taken a tired waterfront and made it a breathtaking walkway, and watched its museums grow from local treasures into major national attractions

OP-ED | An open letter from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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By writing a letter, emailing through my website, or calling my office, you can always voice your thoughts and concerns about the federal government and my work in the United States Senate.

SHRIBMAN | Expo 67's lasting impact

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If you were looking for a place to explore how the world has changed in the past half-century, you could do worse than venture here and contemplate the glory that was Expo 67, perhaps the greatest World's Fair of the 20th century and certainly the most popular.

POV | Spicer has earned the boot Video included

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A press secretary’s responsibility is to get your story out, clearly and favorably. But when your press secretary becomes the story, then you have a problem. 

POV | Schnatter Should Explain Himself Video included

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Tom Jurich has been a treasure to Louisville, not just the university but the city. Since the late 90s, he’s done more to raise the national profile of our entire community than any other single person.

POV | The death of airline customer service Video included

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Remember when one of the airlines decided they could save hundreds of thousands by removing a few olives in their in-flight meals?

POV | Get aggressive with graffiti Video included

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It's become pretty clear that graffiti vandals aren’t likely to see the light and stop their defacement of public and private property on their own any time soon. So it’s obviously up to the rest of us to find a way to dampen their enthusiasm.

SHRIBMAN | When the new frontier burned bright

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Thursday morning they trooped to a Virginia hillside, speckled with white monuments standing out against the gray April skies, to reflect on, to salute, and then, with a bugler's sad tattoo, to bury the New Frontier.

GUEST POV | Save the NEA Video included

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The National Endowment for the Arts promotes and strengthens the creative capacity of communities across the nation by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.

POV | Is smoking on the way out? Video included

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For a long time, the marriage between our state and the tobacco industry has been pretty one-sided – profitable for the industry, but deadly to a lot of Kentuckians. But could a divorce be brewing? That’s coming up on Point of View.

GUEST POV | Kentucky's 2017 General Assembly Video included

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The 2017 Kentucky General Assembly ended in Frankfort Thursday night, and even though it was only a short, 30-day session, it was historic. 

SHRIBMAN | What Woodrow Wilson set in motion

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The American president was a romantic, a visionary, even a Utopian. He was not without flaws; his racial views were offensive for his time, repugnant for ours. But he believed in human rights and the sanctity of human life.

GUEST POV | Child Abuse Prevention Month Video included

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I think we can all agree that there is never a good reason to hurt a child. Unfortunately, statistics prove me wrong.

POV | New U of L Foundation Board begins the cleanup Video included

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It appears the out of control spending situation surrounding the University of Louisville Foundation is finally coming under some control.

POV | Republican leadership fumbled Obamacare repeal Video included

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Now that the attempt to replace Obamacare with an alternate Republican plan has failed, the question is, why?

SHRIBMAN | Enduring divisions are the price of power

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Republicans spent much of last week struggling with one another over details of the measure to overturn and replace Obamacare. House members looked warily across the Capitol to their Senate Republican colleagues, knowing that the handiwork in one chamber will be unacceptable in the other.

POV | Flawed audit shouldn't be paid for Video included

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Not only is a full refund of the study's cost overdue, but I believe a lawsuit to recover additional damages is certainly in order.

POV | Fischer not a rude host Video included

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When yesterday’s rally in Louisville for President Trump was announced, I wasn’t surprised to hear that two of Mr. Trump’s bitterest opponents, Kentucky Third District Representative John Yarmuth and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, would be avoiding the event.

SHRIBMAN | Another great upheaval

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We are in a historic period not only of transformation but also of national introspection. We think this is an era of invective and insult, and there is some truth to that. But underneath the anger -- beyond the shouts -- are serious questions about the way our society and culture are structured, and about the nature and use of power.

POV | Go big with Bellarmine Video included

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The Cards and Cats may be getting most of the attention, but another local school is in the middle of its own basketball championship run.

POV | The Bigots are Feeling Empowered Video included

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A few weeks ago, I criticized what I called “the overall coarsening of human interaction that’s been plaguing America,” and my example was the rude, obnoxious behavior that’s often exhibited by fans at sports events.

SHRIBMAN | The transferable skill of military service

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When Johnny comes marching home again, he sometimes runs for Congress. Jeannie, too.

POV | Graffiti -- a battle of wills Video included

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While graffiti is still as prevalent as ever in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, the sad truth now is that no area is free from its ugly presence.

POV | River Road plan has merit Video included

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I recently criticized an announced plan to narrow River Road to make it more bike-accessible. But since then, more details have emerged that have altered my thinking a little – at least, with a few remaining reservations.

SHRIBMAN | The Russian Revolution, still turning

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The Russian Revolution was a significant event, but not in the way its founders expected or wanted.

POV | A new Trump on display Video included

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After more than a month of him issuing petty Tweets, picking needless fights and going off-script to deliver ego-fueled rants, I was extremely pleased to see him present a new, much more mature persona.

POV | Bad Behavior Mars Sports Events Video included

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The sad thing about the screaming slurs that an agitated Tar Heel fan directed at U of L coach Rick Pitino during last week’s North Carolina game is that such behavior has now become pretty much routine at sports events.

SHRIBMAN | The Great Disrupter

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If the early controversies of the Reagan administration are any indication -- the contretemps over whether the Agriculture Department should count ketchup as a vegetable in school lunches and whether Interior Secretary James Watt's view that Americans should "occupy the land until Jesus returns" was national policy -- the current furors swirling around the Trump administration are mere distractions. 

POV | Guest Editorial - Children in crisis Video included

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According to the Department of Community Based Services, there are currently over 8,100 children in out-of-home care across Kentucky. 

POV | Darts and Laurels Video included

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Time again for some Darts and Laurels.

POV | Trump is making it easy for his enemies Video included

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There’s very little more cringe-worthy than hearing someone support one of your positions while sounding foolish in the process.

SHRIBMAN | Metaphors gone wild

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The truth is that Trump -- so formidable a figure in the United States today that he makes mixed metaphors unavoidable -- is a giant celestial body in the political universe, warping the orbits of the other planets.

POV | Police HQ Mess Isn’t a New Problem Video included

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Mayor Fischer is saying all the right things about it being a “horrible situation.” And he’s now moving many workers to other locations and announcing plans to discuss building a new police headquarters. But why was nothing done earlier

POV | JCPS is not a disaster Video included

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Last week Governor Bevin said JCPS is a “disaster.” I disagree. I think JCPS has problems and challenges, but it also has many great teachers who are dedicated to giving their students the best education possible.

SHRIBMAN | Advice and Consent -- or Combat?

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Without issuing an opinion -- no ruling on school desegregation, no decision on abortion rights -- the Supreme Court is at the center of perhaps its gravest constitutional crisis in eight decades.

POV | Safe Haven policy was unnecessary Video included

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It should actually be pretty easy to keep illegals out of our schools from the start.

POV | Charter Schools Deserve Consideration Video included

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With Republicans dominating Frankfort, the charter school issue is now getting a lot more serious discussion in Kentucky.

SHRIBMAN | Governing in fraught times

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Donald J. Trump is the fifth person to lose the popular vote but win the presidency.

POV | Bill to weaken merger is a bad idea Video included

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With supposedly-merged Metro Louisville already having different tax rates and offering different services depending on where you live, why would anyone want to add to the confusion? 

POV | Old Louisville’s food situation is desperate Video included

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It’s always easy to find problems. But it’s often more difficult to identify villains to blame for those problems.

SHRIBMAN | Donald Trump, Party of One

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Trump may be a member of the Republican Party, but he doesn't really belong there. He is surely not a Johnson Democrat. In the end, he may deserve the label of America's first Independent president.

POV | President Trump needs a thicker skin Video included

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After just a week in the White House, President Trump has already declared his first war. But the enemy in this case is a poorly chosen one. 

POV | One less smoke-filled backroom in Kentucky politics Video included

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When you’re the one paying the bills, you like to know how the money’s being spent. But one longstanding backroom deal in Frankfort has been keeping Kentuckians in the dark about one big expense. 

SHRIBMAN | Presidential images, a work in progress

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No one doubts that Trump intends to be himself as president of the United States. But the question remains whether Trump will conform to public expectations of the presidency or whether his supporters expect that he will alter expectations of the office.

GUEST POV | Supersedeas Bond Bill Video included

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Supersedeas Bond… it doesn’t roll off the tongue, and it might make you want to fall asleep.  But PAY ATTENTION, the meaning of it could change economic development in this region forever. 

POV | Mr. Abramson went to Washington Video included

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The upcoming change in the White House means one of Louisville’s favorite sons will be coming home soon, and I think he merits a big "thank you."

SHRIBMAN | Presidents end up with just one label

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We tend to distill presidencies into easily digestible notions, one per president, almost as if administrations were bumper stickers.

Guest POV | Kentucky Chamber Legislative Wish List Video included

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When the Kentucky General Assembly convened in Frankfort on Tuesday, it was historic! It marked the first time in almost a century since Republicans controlled the House of Representatives.

POV | Social crusades will hurt economic reform Video included

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Ever since the Republicans won the legislative majority in both statehouses in Kentucky, Governor Matt Bevin has promised a strong focus on passing bills that would foster a stronger economy and business climate in this year's session.

POV | Liberalism Lost the Popular Vote Video included

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Since November’s election, many have questioned the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s electoral victory by pointing out that Hillary Clinton actually received nearly three million more popular votes than Trump.

SHRIBMAN | The 2017 Fresh-Start Guidebook

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New year, new president, new administration, new challenges.

POV | Darts and Laurels (12/29/16) Video included

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Time for some year-end Darts and Laurels.

POV | Remembering the good with the bad of 2016 Video included

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The end of the year is a good time to be reflective.  

SHRIBMAN | A Revealing Election

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More Americans voted for conservative-oriented candidates than for liberal-oriented candidates.

POV | Jurich is doing his part in the YUM! deal Video included

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The Yum! Center is not generating the money it was projected to. Some people have pointed at the U of L athletic department saying U of L isn't paying its fair share. I disagree.

POV | The Revolving Door of Crime Video included

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Given 2016’s unprecedented local gun violence, what it will take to break the cycle?

SHRIBMAN | Complexities and Contradictions

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America has seldom seen a president so full of contradictions as the one who takes office a month from now.

POV | U of L probation needs attention - now! Video included

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Last week's news that U of L has officially been placed on probation by its accrediting agency should provide a big wake-up call - not just for the school, but for our city

POV | No Simple Answer to Murder Epidemic Video included

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Back in June, 50 people had already been murdered in Louisville in 2016, and I said that by New Year’s Day, 50 more Louisvillians would be shot dead.

MCCONNELL | Protecting health care benefits for Kentucky’s miner retirees

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One of the unfortunate legacies of the Obama Administration has been its zeal for overregulation, which has played a major role in closing coal mines and killing coal jobs across the nation.

SHRIBMAN | Outposts of Transformation

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Of all the landmarks of high tech -- the Menlo Park lab where Thomas Edison perfected a marketable incandescent light bulb, the Palo Alto garage where Hewlett-Packard's audio oscillator was developed, the Harvard dormitory where Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook -- none is as unlikely as the ragged shoreline of the remote fishing village of Hearts Content, where 150 years ago the Old World and the New were connected by an underwater trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.

POV | Tolls are too high Video included

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Despite my thoughts earlier this week regarding better ways to pay for the new Ohio River Bridges than tolls, I'm afraid that ship has already sailed. But is the system we're about to put into effect really the fairest for everyone?

POV | Are tolls the right solution?

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Both new bridges will be open for business soon and, of course, we’ll be paying tolls to use them.

SHRIBMAN | Pearl Harbor moves from memory to history

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More than a half-century ago, in the dark November days after the Kennedy assassination, White House officials set the date for members of Lyndon B. Johnson's family to move from their home in Washington's Spring Valley into the executive mansion: Dec. 7, 1963. Lady Bird Johnson was aghast

POV | What now for Cuba? Video included

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Now that Fidel Castro as a figurehead no longer exists, it's my hope that President Trump will see the small opening that has been created, not as an end in itself, but as an opportunity to achieve much, much more.

POV | If I ruled the world Video included

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Every now and then, I like to dream about what I would do if I ruled the world.  

SHRIBMAN | Scaling the Presidentials

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What does it mean to be presidential? To be as unassailable as George Washington? As philosophical as Thomas Jefferson? As firm yet as gentle as Lincoln? As joyful as Theodore Roosevelt, or as wily as his distant cousin Franklin? As intellectual as Woodrow Wilson, or as earthy as Harry Truman? As quietly wise as Dwight Eisenhower? As inspirational as John F. Kennedy? Or Ronald Reagan?

POV | Happy Thanksgiving Video included

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Considering the distressing levels of homicide and other violence in Louisville, as well as the overflow of personal incivility that accompanied our recent election, some might regard 2016 as a year that can’t be over soon enough. But I still think it’s worth celebrating, and here are a few of the reasons.

POV | Walmart: The mayor did all he could Video included

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Last week I said the mayor should share in the blame for losing the Walmart in west Louisville.

SHRIBMAN | How Canada Will Get Along With the Trump Reality

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Put aside your preconceptions about NAFTA for just a moment. And your assumptions about Canada, too. Look across the border and you'll find that the Canadians want to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement also.

GUEST POV | VA's credibility damaged by environmental study Video included

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I had hoped that this EIS process would restore accountability and common sense, but instead it missed the point and further damaged the VA's credibility.  

POV | Hey Walmart! We have a few demands! Video included

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Too many of us were too silent while egos and greed chased a great investment out of an area that desperately needed it.  

POV | A few post-election complaints Video included

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I have a few post elections complaints. I think peaceful protesting is fine. Turning them into riots and looting is not.

SHRIBMAN | President Donald Trump

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An American original -- a casino and real estate magnate with an uncanny ability to read the public mood and an unerring ability to discern his rivals' vulnerabilities -- Trump now takes on his biggest task

POV | Trump is Now Everyone's President Video included

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He will be our president and we all need him to be successful.

POV | Unbiased journalism applies to all Video included

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Last week, I did an editorial about the national media’s bias against the wealthy, the conservatives and the Republicans. I said that is it so obvious during this election cycle that the national media is barely trying to hide it anymore.

SHRIBMAN | The Rebellion of 2016

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This has been the year of living rebelliously.

POV | A sad time for journalism Video included

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Donald Trump says the media is trying to rig the election for Hillary Clinton through biased reporting. On this point he isn't wrong.

POV | Not voting still not an option Video included

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I said back in the spring that we are probably going to elect one of the worst, if not the worst, presidents in our history. It looks like we're still on track.

SHRIBMAN | A year of disruption and dismay

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Now, finally, there is a logic -- a strategic and even ideological rationale -- for a presidential campaign that has shattered all the assumptions of logic, all the strategic and ideological precedents, of our politics. 

POV | Fixed election is a myth Video included

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Some people view any competition in these simple terms: I can’t possibly be beaten -- unless the game is rigged. And while some would call that confidence, I call it something else. 

POV | U of L needs to end the secrecy Video included

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The current unrest at U of L has raised many hard questions – both within the university community and the city and state at large. But hard facts about the situation have been difficult to come by.

POV | Should begging be outlawed? Video included

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It's rarely fun being panhandled. But do cities have the right to ban the practice completely?

POV | Religious Freedom laws mean anything but Video included

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If Kentucky is serious about attracting new businesses to the state, one thing we must do is resist the temptation to pass any so-called “religious freedom” laws like the ones that are currently wreaking havoc in North Carolina and elsewhere.

SHRIBMAN | Trump's 'October Surprise'

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No one expected the "October Surprise" of the 2016 campaign to be a video with a member of the Bush family recorded on his way to a cameo in a soap opera. Nor did anyone expect the second presidential debate to take on the air of pro wrestling.

SHRIBMAN | Fighting for one vote in small-town Maine

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Far-flung Maine communities, ordinarily not even afterthoughts in a presidential election, are at the center of the battle for the White House because of a peculiar wrinkle in a 1972 Maine law that awards a single electoral vote to the candidate who wins this congressional district, which is nearly as large as the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined.

POV | A felony shouldn't necessarily be a disqualifier Video included

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A lot of decent jobs are staying unfilled because of one single restriction that disqualifies many applicants. But is that restriction worth preserving? 

POV | JCPS' 'Me Too' policy should be abolished Video included

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Last week, The Jefferson County Board of Education approved an agreement with its teacher union that gives teachers an $820 raise this school year and a two percent raise next school year. I’m OK with this, since the raises seem reasonable and we should do all we can to keep our good teachers from leaving for higher-paying systems.

SHRIBMAN | Turmoil in New Hampshire

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All indicators show that New Hampshire is absolutely critical to Mr. Trump winning the White House. Without the Granite State's 4 electoral votes, things don't look good.

POV | Louisville must promote itself Video included

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As children, most of us were taught that making yourself the center of attention isn’t the best behavior. But sometimes, that’s the exact behavior that’s needed when you’re getting lost in the shuffle

The presidential debate: This year does it really matter who won or lost? Video included

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Monday’s night’s showdown between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton was the largest televised debate in U.S. history.

POV | Solving the Unsolvable Video included

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While watching Monday night’s Presidential debate, I was struck by the number of problems discussed that – despite what the candidates may say – seem to actually have no solution.

SHRIBMAN | Expect hardball Monday night

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Throw away your images of presidential debates -- the earnest exchanges over foreign policy and the economy, the canned laugh lines and scripted expressions of scorn, even the choreographed bonhomie at the beginning and end of these televised sessions. Monday night's confrontation will reflect the disruptive forces in politics that each nominee personifies.

POV | Has the time actually come for U of L Football? Video included

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One of this year’s biggest local news stories is the amazing start to the season by the University of Louisville football team.

SHRIBMAN | Voters Demand Change (Just Not Too Much)

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PHILADELPHIA -- In an era of virulently contrary characters, in an election of eerie contradictions, one contradiction involving contrary characters not only stands out but also defines our time and our November choice. This is it: The 2016 campaign is a struggle for the hearts of voters who are at once desperate for change -- and satisfied with their well-being. It is an electorate that is impatient with America's leadership -- even as it is highly supportive of America's leader. I...

POV | Parking lots should pay their fair share Video included

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Business First’s report last week that the large parking lot at 300 West Broadway has sold for $3 million to a Las Vegas company really should raise some eyebrows.

GUEST POV | Fairness Campaign Rebuts Farm Bureau Point of View Video included

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Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign, responds to WDRB President and General Manager Bill Lamb's criticism of LEO Weekly.

SHRIBMAN | This Year I Wrote You a Letter

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Since you've been gone, we've had a black president and same-sex marriages, both unimaginable when last we spoke.

POV | Time to wage war on graffiti Video included

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Louisville, we have a problem -- specifically, the huge increase in graffiti that's evident in large parts of the city lately. 

BILL LAMB | Donate to the American Red Cross Video included

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WDRB is making a $10,000 donation this week to the Red Cross and many of our employees are making their own contributions. I would encourage you to join us...

POV | Colin Kaepernick is on his own Video included

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What's really left to say about San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit down during the National Anthem to protest wrongdoings against minorities in the United States?

POV | LEO's gay stance is intolerant Video included

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If the gay community wants more tolerance and acceptance, then they need to respect other people’s core values and stop screaming that anyone who doesn’t support every aspect of the gay agenda is a hater.

MCCONNELL | Once-Broken Senate is Working Again

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In this op-ed piece, Mitch McConnell says that in the time since he became the U.S. Senate Majority Leader, "it's clear the Senate really is back to work."

SHRIBMAN | Experience vs. Vision: The Presidential Paradox

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The analysis you hear everywhere is that this is an extraordinary election, a departure from the ordinary, staking out new ground in American political history.

POV | The Lesson of Lochte's downfall Video included

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You can make the right decision 999 times, but a single bad decision can make everyone forget all the good ones, and follow you around for the rest of your life.

POV | Prison Overcrowding is a Complex Problem Video included

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Overcrowding in our prisons and jails is a huge problem, both locally and nationally. But no matter what’s suggested as a solution, it seems guaranteed to enrage a large number of people.

SHRIBMAN | At the GOP, a wardrobe change

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Now that the Republican Party is in an important transition, how well does its new identity fit?

POV | An open letter to Donald J. Trump Video included

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This is an open letter to Donald J. Trump, Republican candidate for President of the United States.

POV | Straight Ticket Voting a Bad Idea Video included

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One of the things that’s always seemed wrong to me is the option we’re given at the polls to vote a straight party ticket with a single check mark or pull of a lever, because this has always made it too easy for the results of the highest-profile races – like this year’s Presidential battle – to have a disproportionate influence over down-ballot races that really should be considered independently.

SHRIBMAN | The old-school, pragmatic politics of millennials

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There was a time, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when everything about the baby boomers -- their cultural identity, their sex lives, their voting patterns -- was chewed over in the public prints and on television.

POV | A tale of two downtowns Video included

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I’m sad to still hear some people call downtown a terribly dangerous place they’d never dare visit.

POV | Chicago police shooting justified Video included

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Late last week, an unarmed African American male was shot in the back by a Chicago cop and died. Those are the only facts necessary to get some people all agitated again with the police. The rest of the facts seem inconvenient.

GUEST POV | National Alliance on Mental Illness Video included

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The Louisville affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has one primary mission – to end the stigma of mental illness and make recovery possible for individuals and families affected by its impact.

SHRIBMAN | An election that moves U.S. off all its moorings

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Every American election since 1932, with the exception of 1960, has provided a choice between a liberal candidate and a conservative opponent.

POV | The new novel nobody would believe Video included

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I'm thinking about writing another book -- this time, a mystery.

Gov. Pence endorses Paul Ryan despite Trump's reservations Video included

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He may be his running mate, but Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is disagreeing with Donald Trump and endorsing House Speaker Paul Ryan.

POV | Fancy Farm: still relevant? Video included

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One of Kentucky’s oldest political traditions will be renewed this coming weekend with this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic in Western Kentucky. And I really don’t know whether to celebrate or find a place to hide. 

SHRIBMAN | Tectonic plates are on the move

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Trump and Sanders have transformed their parties and American politics

GUEST POV | AIDS Walk

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The Louisville AIDS Walk is a non-profit event and helps raise money for our friends, family and neighbors in Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana.

POV | Bad smoking etiquette is anti-social Video included

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Someone really needs to fund a study to determine exactly what element contained in tobacco contributes to outsized feelings of entitlement and a blurred sense of civility and common decency among its consumers. 

POV | Where should the Confederate monument go? Video included

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Back in May, I said that because the Confederate monument near U of L is a memorial to people, not politics, it shouldn't be removed from its current site.

GUEST POV | Cut the Tape

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There are currently more than 4,500 administrative regulations in Kentucky. Of those 4,500 regulations, about 15% have not been reviewed since 1974. 

POV | Summertime enterprise provides a great example Video included

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As a kid, I never got an allowance, but I always managed to raise some spending money in the summer by cutting lawns for a dollar or two. And in the winter, I also picked up cash by shoveling driveways. It wasn’t just lucrative, but it also gave me a sense of responsibility and kept me out of trouble.

SHRIBMAN | Will Trump be Trump?

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He is a candidate more comfortable with talking points than with a written text. He has more diagnoses than prescriptions. He wanders from topics to tropes, from parries to thrusts, from analyses to anecdotes. He is the master of the slogan -- and, his critics are swift to point out, the slippery fact.

SHRIBMAN | The Trump Transformation

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Donald Trump has the potential to change everything -- the presidency, the way aspiring nominees campaign for the job, and the Republican Party itself, which this year is celebrating its 160th birthday and is older than both the Canadian Liberal Party and the British Labor Party. 

POV | Facebook post deserved punishment Video included

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Yes, freedom of speech is real. That means you won't be arrested by the government for what you say. But understand this -- so are the consequences of speech that runs counter to the values, goals and mission of your employer.

SHRIBMAN | Cleveland Conundrums

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Cleveland provides the stage for large questions that the GOP convention presents. 

POV | Olympics look like a bust Video included

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The Summer Olympic Games are less than a month away and they look like they could be the worst in modern times.

POV | The police still deserve our support Video included

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Police officers have always had my absolute support. And the tragic events of the past week have done nothing to change that.

SHRIBMAN | Experiments in Republicanism

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For nearly a quarter-century on Capitol Hill, eight months in the vice presidency and two and a half years in the White House, Ford personified a certain strain of Republicanism, wary of big government but willing to use it to assure the rights of minorities, stingy at home but generous abroad, willing to play the partisan but also willing to play 18 holes with his party rivals.

POV | Why we editorialize Video included

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 We've been doing television editorials at WDRB for over 14 years now. And we occasionally do an editorial just to talk about why we do editorials.  

POV | City vs. State on guns Video included

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While I believe all law-abiding Americans have the right to own guns, I also think gun regulations should be made significantly tighter. 

SHRIBMAN | United States Inc.

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The United States began as a political movement, but won global power as a result of business acumen and accomplishment.

POV | Darts and Laurels Video included

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Time for some more Darts and Laurels.

POV | Buyer's remorse provides a painful lesson Video included

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Since England's vote to break away from the European Union, a lot of people are having second thoughts.

SHRIBMAN | Trump voters hold firm

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What happens when the veteran pollster Peter D. Hart invites 11 blue-collar and service-industry voters into a downtown office suite here and bids them to talk politics?

POV | If I ruled the world Video included

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I occasionally like to fantasize about what I'd do if I ruled the world, and now that I've saved up a couple new ideas, I'd like to share them with you.

POV | Senseless killings need a solution Video included

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Here's a most sobering fact:  Do you realize that from this moment until New Year's Day, fifty Louisvillians will be shot dead? Fifty people who are walking around today -- fifty healthy people who don't think it will be them -- will be dead by the end of the year. Most of them will be men and most will be African American.  The past predicts the future, and so far this year, fifty people have been murdered in our city. We're at about the halfway point of the year, so you c...

SHRIBMAN | Vitriol and Rebellion

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The race for the White House is entering a new, vital phase.

POV | Zika inaction is deplorable Video included

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To combat Zika, The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta is strongly recommending that Congress pass legislation to support the $1.9 billion in emergency funding requested by the President in February. 

SHRIBMAN | The three questions that still nag

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Last week's presidential primaries from New Jersey to California seemed to settle the big questions in this phase of the race to the White House.

POV | Darts and Laurels Video included

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Time for a few more Darts and Laurels.

GUEST POV | Kentucky Should Help Grandparents Raising Children

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Since April of 2013, no new families have been able to participate in the State's Kinship Care Program, which provides modest financial support to relatives who are raising children. Funding was frozen and has not been restored.

POV | In appreciation of Lonnie Ali

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People have talked about Ali's greatness, but nobody has really mentioned Lonnie.

POV | Kentucky Kingdom: So Important to this Community Video included

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Bringing it back to life was so important to this community, but thank goodness, Ed Hart is a very tenacious guy! And we're all better off for it.

POV | Personal pettiness in Frankfort Video included

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Kentucky can always use a good leader. But it seems that recently we have too many, and they’re all pulling us in opposite directions.

POV | Memorial Day: Remember the Meaning Video included

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If you happen to encounter one of those veterans -- or anyone who's lost a son, daughter, husband, wife, father or mother in the defense of America -- don't wish them a "Happy Memorial Day." Because for them, it's probably not all that happy.

POV | Public schools are everyone's responsibility Video included

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During the recent discussion about Jefferson County Schools, I was troubled to learn that many people don't think they should have to pay property taxes to support county schools if they don't have any children in school.

SHRIBMAN | This election might realign parties, ideologies and customs

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For months the American election was about personal advantage. Could insults drive political rivals out of the race?

POV | Trump defies the odds Video included

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I’d like to talk about Donald Trump for a minute.

SHRIBMAN | Finding divinity in empty spaces

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We sometimes roll our eyes at the mention of Canada, thinking of it as a bleak, cold and empty place, and the vast territory that sits above the cities of Montreal, Toronto, Saskatoon and Edmonton mostly is. But step inside a gallery of the much-ignored paintings of Lawren Harris, and your eyes won't roll so much as they will open -- open to a place bleak, cold and empty.

POV | JCPS - An Apology and a Clarification Video included

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On Thursday, I did an editorial in support of Dr. Hargens...that's fine with me when the discussion is raging like it is. Much of what people disagreed with, however, is stuff I never said.

POV | Dr. Hargens Deserves a Break Video included

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Her job is to manage a beast of an organization, she is doing a good job, and she has my full support.

POV | A teacher pay freeze is unlikely Video included

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The first comprehensive salary review of Jefferson County Schools since 1979 found that its employees are some of the highest paid among their counterparts in Louisville’s peer systems.

SHRIBMAN | Battle of Opposites

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Seldom have Americans faced an autumn decision between two candidates so different in background, outlook, personality, instinct and character as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

POV | The statue should remain Video included

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The controversy over the removal of the Confederate monument near U of L makes me wonder -- was the Civil War so offensive that we should strike any remembrance of it off the face of the earth?

POV | Welcome to Louisville Video included

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Aside from Derby Festival events, we're also proud of many other great Louisville attractions, and while you're here, we hope you'll experience as many of them as possible.

SHRIBMAN | Commanding victories set up the end game

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With victories in a string of Eastern states, including the industrial-and-agrarian empire of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took giant steps toward their respective presidential nominations Tuesday night.

POV Guest Editorial | Arts Master Plan Video included

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The arts and cultural sector is at the forefront of enhancing Louisville’s reputation, economic growth, tourism, and quality of life. 

POV | Thunder Thanks Video included

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Now that WDRB’s Thunder Over Louisville telecast is over, I’d like to congratulate the many other people who were doing their own spectacular jobs while we were doing ours

POV | No extra subsidies for E. Broadway development Video included

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A battle of wills is going on along East Broadway, where developer Edwards Companies is threatening to abandon plans for two new apartment complexes if they don’t get the kind of tax breaks they think they deserve from city government.

SHRIBMAN | Winners with high negatives

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The presidential campaign now moves to Pennsylvania and four other Eastern states, with the two front-runners lengthening their leads over challengers whose White House prospects seem to be dimming by the day.

POV | A Must-See Thunder Video included

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I'm confident that this will be the single largest, most complex live television event ever produced by any local TV station in the history of American television.

POV GUEST EDITORIAL | Kentucky Chamber Reviews General Assembly

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This is the most responsible budget in years because it deals with our public pension problems head-on, and it’s actually based on some pretty conservative economic projections.

POV GUEST EDITORIAL: Awards in the Arts

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As part of this special evening, Fund for the Arts, Churchill Downs and the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation will host Louisville’s inaugural Awards in the Arts to celebrate the talent and passion of our local arts community. 

SHRIBMAN | Tracking the Ted Cruz moment

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He won a big victory in Wisconsin. He pierced the Donald Trump mystique. He even got some of the Capitol Hill lawmakers who regard him as a revolutionary and renegade to slink cautiously into his corner. By all logic, this should be a Ted Cruz moment -- if only the next primary weren't in New York

POV | Kentucky's Tax Code Must Change Video included

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I recently had a conversation with a high-ranking executive of a Fortune 500 company headquartered here in Louisville. I told him I hoped his company was happy here. His response was not especially encouraging.  

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