Check politics at door, please
Alright, if you were responsible for a 600-word weekly political column where would you begin after the circus of the last three weeks?
How about with President Barack Obama’s statement that there are no winners? I can’t think of any.
I see plenty of losers, starting with us. We deserve better government, but this is the government we’ve chosen.
Prepare for pension-reform tales on Kentucky’s campaign trails
Get ready for a lot of talk on the campaign trail next year about how significant progress was made in reforming Kentucky’s bloated pensions system during this year’s legislative session.
The claims will be – to put it kindly – a real stretch.
Considering that it’s impossible for a leopard to change its spots and the fact that the legislature did nothing to prevent beneficiaries – and benefits – from being added in the future, taxpayers are sceptical that the small changes the Kentucky General Assembly made in the state’s retirement systems earlier this year will yield the promised savings.
Wooly worms need to get their message straight
Early last Friday afternoon, I decided to walk from my house down to the Friends of Paint Lick building. My truck battery was dead. Loretta was already there with several other women getting ready for our Village Fest, and I felt an urgent need to go down and get in their way for a while.
Goodbye, affirmative action
If Tuesday’s argument before the Supreme Court is any indication, a Michigan law prohibiting “preferential treatment” is on its way to being upheld by the United States Supreme Court. The law was held unconstitutional last year by a panel of judges on the United States Court of Appeals because, in their view, the primarily white electorate was taking away from minorities the benefits of an admissions policy that supported racial diversity in the state college and university system.
Letter to the Editor
I am emailing you in response to the Richmond Register's Guest Columnist William E. Ellis' article "Time for Eastern to drop it's Colonel Mascot."
I understand that the article is in his opinion, but it bothers me that someone like an alumnus would suggest changing our mascot.
"History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
Mark Twain's insight comes to mind as one observes the panic of Beltway Republicans over the latest polls in the battle of Obamacare.
According to Gallup, approval of the Republican Party has sunk 10 points in two weeks to 28 percent, an all-time low. In the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, approval of the GOP has fallen to 24 percent.
Racial Trade-offs: Part II
Last week’s column discussed the political trade-offs made by black politicians and civil rights organizations that condemn whole generations of black youngsters to failing schools. Similar political trade-offs in labor markets condemn many blacks, particularly black youths, to high rates of unemployment and reduced economic opportunities. Let’s look at this, starting with a few historical facts.
Time for Eastern to drop its ‛Colonel’ mascot
If Eastern wants to keep its high standards, maintain a fine faculty and appeal to not only Kentucky students but to those in other states and abroad, I agree with the current administration that “branding” is of utmost importance.
The time has come to drop the “Colonel” as Eastern’s mascot/logo.
Who do you trust for news?
For 96 years, the Richmond Register has been Madison County’s main source of local news.
Much has changed since 1917 when Shelton Saufley Sr. merged two weekly papers to form the Richmond Daily Register. In those days there was no radio or television and the Internet wasn’t even science fiction.
One thing hasn’t changed, however, and never will. An informed citizenry is crucial to the success of democracy.
Even in a relatively small town, few people are able to keep track of what’s going on with local government.
Acting on principles, conscience rare in politics
Only one member of the General Assembly belongs to the same party as I do — and he’s announced he won’t run for re-election next year.
Okay, so Sen. Bob Leeper, the ultra-conservative independent from Paducah, and I rarely agree on specific issues, but he’s still one of the good guys in the legislature.
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