You be the Judge: The case of the bad mattress
Emma had about as much confidence in banks as she did in the contents of hot dogs. Consequently, every buck she could get her hands on over the years, she stuffed in her mattress.
When she passed on, her niece Edna Mae sold the mattress to Wilbur for $2 unaware of the fortune it contained.
Some random thoughts
This was a slow news week, so here are random thoughts and observations.
Last week I criticized lawmakers’ political pandering on new science standards, but this week, I saw a more positive side of lawmakers.
At a meeting of the House select committee looking into allegations of sexual harassment against a former lawmaker, the three Democrats — and especially the two Republicans — sounded like they are more interested in facts and reform than in political advantage.
Saved from Larry Summers at Fed
The week opened nicely with news that Lawrence Summers had taken his name out of the running for the Federal Reserve chairman job. We won’t be subjected to the notoriously unpleasant Summers denigrating those who would distinguish between Wall Street’s interests and the country’s. Still more gratifying is that Democrats, and not just the liberal ones, put the kibosh on President Obama’s mystifying desire to put this Wall Street-Washington hybrid in charge of our central banking system.
Fish oil vs. fish oil supplements: Which is better?
Are fish oil supplements just as good as eating fish?
Probably not, especially if the supplements are in the “ethyl ester” form.
A recent study examined how at the molecular level, omega-3 fat and DHA lower blood pressure. The scientists looked at both the natural food “triglyceride” form and the ethyl ester supplement form.
They found that the natural form of DHA lowered blood pressure by triggering relaxation in the muscles of the artery walls. To their surprise, however, the supplement ethyl ester form of DHA had no beneficial effect on lowering blood pressure and even worse, actually interfered with the natural DHA’s beneficial effects.
Don’t give your child big money before 27
I see people make the same mistakes over and over. This is particularly true when watching people handle money for children.
A number of children inherit money or receive money from an injury or other type of settlement. These children will often have a larger net worth than their parents.
Kentucky among states that cut school funds most during recession
Kentucky ranks 14th worst in the country in the depth of cuts to school funding since the start of the recession, and is one of 15 states that have continued to cut K-12 funding in the current year, according to a new report released this past week by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
These damaging cuts slow the recovery and will make Kentucky less prosperous in the future.
The report shows that Kentucky has cut its per-pupil core funding for K-12 schools by 9.9 percent since 2008 after adjusting for inflation, a deeper cut than 34 other states.
‘Failure’ never has to be permanent
Consider the fact that a teenager dropped out of high school at age 16 to join the Army, but was rejected because he was underage.
As our young man became an adult, he got a job as a newspaper artist, but was fired by the editor because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
No scientific explanation needed for these words
When the Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee rejected new science standards – despite their approval by the Kentucky Department of Education – I promised myself I would resist the temptation to write about it in a column.
Lord knows it’s always unwise in Kentucky to side with a bunch of scientists on something like science.
It’s substance abuse folks
Wouldn’t it be nice if more of our problems were simple? Sometimes it seems that everything is connected to everything else. Take our overcrowded jail.
Let’s begin full-day kindergarten, even if it means modest tax hike
Should Madison County join all but a handful of Kentucky districts, including Berea Independent, in providing full-day kindergarten for its children?
The school board can take the first step toward doing that Monday evening by adopting a modest property tax increase, and the Richmond Register encourages them to do so.
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