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Opinion

  • No matter the subject, it seems we always want to know how we compare with others. 

    It happens on the playing field, in the boardroom and in the classroom. It also takes place among the states as they try to gain any kind of competitive edge.

  • By Kaelin G. Reed

  • As we move into fall and our schedules become full with our kids’ homework and after-school activities, it’s always a good time to focus on their safety, too.  Much like the calls and e-mails I receive from constituents in need of the Veteran’s Crisis Hotline, I also receive a number of calls and e-mails from constituents looking for information on the Amber Alert program, as well as the best way to get information on sexual predators in the community.

  • Senator Higdon is wrong

  • The last group of inmates have left Marion Adjustment Center.
    The Kentucky Department of Corrections data shows that on Sept. 16, 14 inmates were being housed at the private prison in St. Mary.
    As of Sept. 17, MAC was no longer listed in the state’s daily count reports (available here: http://goo.gl/gHhMz).
    I apologize for not reporting this sooner. I had the information for last week’s paper, but among the various stories we juggle, I forgot to actually type it.

  • We're all guilty of it.
    We ignore warning labels.
    We drive short distances without our seatbelts.
    We take the batteries out of our smoke alarms because it just won't stop beeping in the middle of the night.
    We shake our heads at a car full of teenagers driving too fast and say, "They think they're invincible."
    But don't we all? Until tragedy strikes us, we all walk around feeling a little bit invincible.
    I did, too. Until Aug. 9 when flames engulfed my home.

  • Two students were not included in A.C. Glasscock Elementary School’s Students of the Month for August. They were Madison Knopp and Brandon Hill.
     

  • From the Lexington Herald Leader

    House Republicans are right to be outraged that 14 percent of American households are on food stamps, but they're outraged for the wrong reason.
    The plight of so many Americans — including the 1 in 5 Kentuckians who depend on food stamps — stems from the worst economic inequality on record.

  • From the Lexington Herald Leader

    Gov. Steve Beshear and many lawmakers have consoled themselves with the soothing fiction that, despite deep cuts in everything from child care to State Police, Kentucky weathered the Great Recession without cutting basic state support for public schools.
    While that might be technically true, the real-life effect of years of flat appropriations, while costs grew, is a decline of almost 10 percent in per-student funding from fiscal 2008 until this year.

  • I received an e-mail last month from one of my constituents expressing her frustration about abuses of government low-income assistance programs. She said she was fed up, and I can sympathize.
    She detailed misuses she had witnessed of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds. I am sure many of you reading this have witnessed or heard of people who wrongly use or take advantage of such programs.

  • The dream act opens a door

    I join social service workers, people of all faith traditions, and concerned citizens in urging real comprehensive and fair immigration reform. Members of all political parties agree that our immigration system is broken. Now is the time to fix it.

  • In the late 1990s, when the General Assembly overhauled Kentucky’s public colleges and universities, one of the reform’s central planks was to improve the level of research.
    To spur that along, the state created “Bucks for Brains” and called on the schools to match that money with private donations, an initiative that has since raised more than $800 million.

  • The Bluegrass Pipeline remains a work in progress.
    Governor Steve Beshear doesn't see it as a pressing issue, but at least one group of legislators is trying to learn about the project and its potential impact.
    Executives from the Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners testified Sept. 5 before the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment. The hearings were broadcast live on KET, and the video of the hearing remains available online (http://www.ket.org/legislature/archives.php).

  • In a letter to the editor in last week’s edition, a part of the letter by Gary Wilkerson should have read, “Our current president wants to attack Syria for no more than the known fact that the government allowed the murder of innocent humans. The numbers having been estimated at 1,400 citizens, including the focal point of 426 children.”
     

  • Recently, I attended a presentation by Williams and Boardwalk before the state natural resources and environmental committee. The program began with an overview of their dream pipeline project by three company representatives. Predictably, this consisted of how much they care about safety, the environment, and how happy landowners will be with their pipeline and their perpetual relationship with the Williams and Boardwalk empire and whoever follows them.

  • In the broadest sense, the population changes Kentucky has seen over the last 50 years have largely fallen in line with the country as a whole.
    We have both become increasingly urban, for example, with Kentucky’s tipping point coming in 1970, when the U.S. Census found for the first time that more than half of our citizens lived in or near a city. Both of us are also witnessing the same graying trend, which is no surprise because of advances in medicine and the growing number of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age.

  • Since the Williams Company and Boardwalk Pipeline announced plans earlier this year to run a portion of a 1,100-mile natural gas liquid (NGL) pipeline through Kentucky and through our community here, I’ve heard many concerns by landowners and community members. Concerns that I share.
    The legislature has been closely following the situation and last week convened a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Energy focused on the issue. I am confident this is just the beginning of many conversations we will have in Frankfort about the pipeline.

  • With Labor Day behind us and a “biting cold and snowy” winter to come – if the Farmers’ Almanac prediction proves correct – the clock is ticking for those of us who would like to see some of what Kentucky has to offer during the fall.

  • From the Lexington Herald-Leader

    Goodness knows, a state that grows tobacco, which kills people, and champions products like gambling and liquor is hard-pressed to put on airs when it comes to industrial hemp, a botanical cousin to marijuana.
    So we stand by our longstanding support for legalizing industrial hemp production.
    But make no mistake about it, industrial hemp will not transform Kentucky's economy.