A tradition continues, with Christmas gifts for Kentucky politicians


Forty years ago this week, Ed Ryan, as chief of The Courier Journal Frankfort Bureau, began the annual tradition of bestowing pretend Christmas gifts on Kentucky political figures, in gratitude for all the material they had given journalists to work with in the year about to end.

Today we live in a political world much different from the one Ed left when he died much too young in 1984. There’s more material than ever to work with, but precious little good humor and good faith. And with a super-contagious virus resurging a pandemic, and people in each major party seeing the other as a threat to democracy, humor might seem out of place at this point. But at times like these, we could use a smile or a chuckle, Christmas is a time to return to tradition, and we do have plenty of material. So here goes.

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