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A New York voice boomed from the back of the long car rental line: “Wha’d they do, lay off half the people?”
One of my thoughts no doubt shared by fellow detainees waiting, waiting at the big-name car rental office at a Florida airport. Behind the desk flashed a screen informing us of the company’s very high ratings for customer service. I was not the only one smirking.
Half of poll votes expect worsening economy
Just over half the votes cast in the Richmond Register’s most recent online poll indicate an expectation that the local and national economies will worsen in 2014.
Of the 244 votes, 123 were cast for the option that economic conditions will get worse.
Lawmakers may be frozen in place
When they return to town Tuesday, lawmakers will face two grim forecasts: bitterly cold temperatures and an equally frosty fiscal outlook.
The winter freeze will pass before the General Assembly adjourns in mid-April but the budget chill will be felt far longer. Lawmakers welcomed news that revenues will increase by $246 million in the first year and about $252 million in the second.
The case of the ‘represent-a-thief’
Hugh Grafter was said to be the best congressman money could buy. Accused of accepting large sums of money for making speeches on the floor of Congress to promote legislation favoring the business purposes of various large corporations, his high-priced principals were finally challenged.
Identity theft can affect your job
“I have wanted this job for so long. I can’t believe I’m finally going to get the chance to work for this company,” you share with a friend.
“I will work harder than anyone else. They’ll definitely want to keep me after the 90 day probation period is over.”
Tech devices can bring teens, parents together
Presents have been opened with wrapping paper cast aside in heaps on the floor.
Many of the most desired presents kids and teens received this holiday season were gaming systems, iPods, and smart phones. They will quickly become ensconced behind their new screens and devote much of their holiday break in trying to master the subtleties of their new gaming systems or downloading new apps for their phones.
Legislators face stark budget choices
Kentucky faces more cuts and continued underinvestment in critical services in the next two-year state budget unless lawmakers generate additional revenue, according to a comprehensive budget preview by the Berea-based Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP).
A meager revenue forecast combined with the need to roll back deep budget cuts and pay down existing liabilities make for the most difficult budget lawmakers have faced in recent memory.
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.”
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