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Alabama pulls America back from the brink

FROM THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Creators Syndicate Suddenly, hope springs anew. Before Tuesday, the political climate of harsh divisiveness seemed to threaten American democracy's very survival. Instead, the staunchly red state...

Women's rage unleashed

BY KATHLEEN PARKER The Washington Post That special place in hell everyone keeps talking about is getting mighty crowded. The ball got rolling in 2016 when former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright quipped that there was a. . .

Film incentives create opportunities

By SECRETARY DON PARKINSON Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky The purpose of The Kentucky Film Office is not to make movies but to create jobs and business opportunities for Kentuckians. The Film...

State's rights out the window

FROM THE ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH Creators Syndrome Once upon a time, Missouri gun-rights activists proudly upheld this state's right to pass and enforce its own laws. If you didn't like them, well, you were free to move to...

Deceased IRA owner? Check the final RMDs

BY JULIE JASON King Features Syndicate When someone passes away after age 70 1/2, the family needs to check to see if the deceased took out the required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year from his IRA (individual...

Keep making the General Assembly great again

BY JIM WATERS The Bluegrass Institute WLEX weather anchor Bill Meck was no doubt the most interesting speaker at this year's Kentucky Public Retirees' Annual Conference in Frankfort. Since I didn't receive an invitation to this. . .

Is consumerism overshadowing Christmas?

BY RICHARD NELSON Commonwealth Policy Center Have you ever gotten the feeling that Christmas has become something that it was never meant to be? We're pushed to buy more and more, bigger and better, sometimes turning family. . .

A profile that wasn't fit to print

BY STEVE WILSON The Paducah Sun The New York Times on Sunday, Nov. 26 carried a lengthy story headlined "In America's heartland, the Nazi sympathizer next door." It was a good headline and a sound idea: Get acquainted with a...

Faith, art and cake before the Supreme Court

FROM THE PANAMA CITY NEWS-HERALD Creators Syndicate This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard what will most likely be a landmark case concerning freedom. Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. the Colorado Human Rights Commission pits...

Who wins with the GOP tax bill

FROM THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Creators Syndicate An unfortunately high number of Americans will allow party loyalty to guide their support or rejection of the GOP tax bill awaiting congressional approval. The 440-page House...

Retirement saver's credit available for some taxpayers

BY JULIE JASON King Features Syndicate If your earnings are below certain amounts, the government wants to give you a monetary incentive to save for retirement. The Retirement Savings Contributions Credit, or "Saver's Credit" for...