Judge’s ruling a victory for transparency
In his recent ruling smacking the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services with a $756,000 fine for making “a mockery” of the commonwealth’s Open Records Act, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd sent a strong message: transparency matters.
It especially matters in cases where children die or are critically injured as a result of abuse or neglect – despite the involvement of the cabinet and it social workers, which will receive nearly $2 billion in funding from state taxpayers this year.
Just little dab of Granny Fighting Cider would do
I worked one winter in the late 1960s with an old fellow named John Bowers as part-time caretaker of Camp Shawnee on Dewey Lake in Floyd County.
John lived in a cabin at the camp through the week, but he went home to Pike County on weekends. I covered for him while he was away. Which meant I mostly sat around and did nothing more strenuous than tend to John’s “Granny Fighting Cider” on Friday and Saturday nights when the weather got real cold this time of year.
Yes, Kentucky: The free market really works
What do Mimi Pickering, Pope Francis and big-government politicians fervently committed to ideas proven unworkable have in common? They claim: We tried private, free enterprise and it didn’t work.
The pope unleashes fire and brimstone toward those who “continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world.”
Congress still isn’t being responsible
Congress is winding down its historically unproductive session with a small flurry of activity. It’s a welcome change, but so long overdue that it can’t possibly make up for what should have been accomplished on Capitol Hill this year.
The problem is that for too long, members of Congress have been working hard at everything except the one thing they should have been working hard at: legislating.
They’ve been so unproductive that they’ve actually threatened our world standing and our domestic well-being.
Enough of the rompa pompomming
I don’t get out and about as much as I’d like to these days. The two strokes I suffered in October put a serious hitch in my giddyup.
But when I am able to go shopping, I’d like to just once between now and Christmas walk into a store that doesn’t have Little Drummer Boy blaring through the speakers.
Will Santa bring a new bridge over troubled economic waters?
Once upon a time, the Intermarine Company of Ameglia, Italy landed a multimillion pound contract to build huge ships for Malaysia’s military.
It offered great economic opportunity for a small community.
Our Fragile Planet
Let's examine a few statements reflecting a vision thought to be beyond question. "The world that we live in is beautiful but fragile." "The 3rd rock from the sun is a fragile oasis." Here are a couple of Earth Day quotes: "Remember that Earth needs to be saved every single day." "Remember the importance of taking care of our planet. It's the only home we have!" Such statements, along with apocalyptic predictions, are stock in trade for environmental extremists and non-extremists alike. Worse yet is the fact that this fragile-earth indoctrination is fed to our youth from kindergarten through college. Let's examine just how fragile the earth is.
The Case of the Unhappy Robber
Norton, a professional burglar, looked upon himself as a kind of Robin Hood. The difference was that he took from the rich and kept it for himself. As a result, he spent more time in the slammer than he did in Sherwood Forest.
The toughest blow he suffered, however, was inflicted by the commissioner of motor vehicles. Upon Norton’s release from jail for the umpteenth time, the hard-hearted commissioner revoked his driver’s license.
Dream becomes reality only when you persevere
A young boy grew up in Berea, in a family that was blessed with a variety of musical talents.
His mother was a member of a female group who performed onstage regularly at Renfro Valley, in Rockcastle County.
This young man would routinely attend shows to watch his mother, and other artists, perform on stage. He was eager to learn from them every chance he could. He knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry and was willing to seek advice and mentoring from those who were experienced in the industry.
SOAR-ing in eastern Kentucky
By the time many of you read this, I’ll be traveling to southeastern Kentucky, on my way to the SOAR Summit scheduled for Monday in Pikeville (at least if the weather cooperates).
I’ll be listening to WMMT radio out of Whitesburg, the world’s most eclectic radio station. I’ll be among those magic mountains and with the wonderful people who live in the region and others who don’t but still love it.
If you don’t know eastern Kentucky, get rid of your stereotypes right now. Yes, there are poor, ignorant people in eastern Kentucky — just as there are in New York City, San Francisco or London, England.
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