‘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.
Still some good men and women in Frankfort
Not long ago as I ate lunch in the Capitol Annex cafeteria, I overheard at the next table a veteran lawmaker tutoring a freshman.
“Everybody up here lies,” he told the young lawmaker. “But not everyone is good at it because they just don’t get enough practice.”
Good Roger vs. Bad Roger on Syria
“We will smite Syria swiftly but prudently,” Good Roger said. “Ferociously but cautiously. With abandon but with restraint. And if our red line is crossed again, we have crimson, magenta and puce lines to back them up.”
“Have you been sniffing the printer toner again?” Bad Roger asked. “You are beginning to sound like a foreign policy wonk.”
“We must stop the needless, senseless, indefensible murder of children,” Good Roger said. “The United States must act to stop the slaughter of the innocent.”
Spending behind your mate’s back
A little infidelity, a little cheating, is OK in a marriage — or even protective of it — if the sneaking is just about money. Note the emphasis on “little.”
Take handbags. Some time back, The Wall Street Journal reported on a woman who kept a secret stash of cash so she could buy very expensive handbags without disclosing the prices to her husband.
The Case of the Naive Teenager
Peggy had a figure with more curves than a road map, and the boys just loved her and she loved them right back. Being as naïve as she was desirable, however, by the time she was 16-years-old, Peggy already had three children.
This, of course, unnerved her mother to the point that she finally decided to instruct her daughter on the various ways to avoid pregnancy. While she succeeded in reducing Peggy's chances of further visits from the stork, she also succeeded in attracting the attention of the authorities. She was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Abramson’s reform tease ignores Kentucky’s education failures
Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson’s announcement that he would not run for governor may have political rivals breathing a sigh of relief, but what he said in his announcement leaves me scratching my own head.
Abramson told the Elizabethtown Rotary Club that his true passion is not politics but education reform.
I-75 connector would help economy with limited environmental impact
The final phase of a two-part environmental impact study currently being conducted by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will answer the decades old question of whether a connector road can be built between US 27 and Interstate 75 Exit 95 in Madison County.
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