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Columns

  • Regulators steer vans, trucks in the wrong direction

    When it comes to barbershops, moving companies and food vendor trucks, Kentucky regulators have a curious penchant for shielding established businesses from fresh competition.

    A recent Institute for Justice study concludes the Bluegrass State has the 15th most burdensome licensing laws in America.

  • Once upon a time, a city decided to invest in tomorrow

    The city council was divided. Strong feelings were obvious on both sides. At times, the discussion threatened to cross the line from debate to argument.

    The topic was a big ticket expenditure that would commit the city to years and years of debt by spending millions on development of a recreational facility.

    It’s a quality-of-life issue providing unique facilities for the community. But the primary purpose was not hometown needs. Its objective was enhancing tourism, welcoming visitors who would occupy hotel rooms and dine in local restaurants.

  • What role does God play in the God particle's discover?

    The smoke barely had settled from the conclave of cardinal’s announcement that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope, when scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, made their own announcement: The so-called “God particle” does indeed exist.

    “Look quick,” my wife told me, directing me to the evening news. “They’ve discovered the ‘God particle.’”

    I was curious: Was it A God Particle? Or The God Particle? Or God in a Particle? Or just God’s Particle?

  • Difficult for public to find time for the public's business

    Public meetings always  are more interesting when the public participates. Unfortunately, that typically only occurs when something objectionable or controversial took place at a previous meeting.

    Most government meetings conducting the people’s business attract few spectators. Of course, that’s why we elect others to make decisions on our behalf.

  • Knox committed to minimizing impacts of fiscal uncertainty

    Fort Knox is in the midst of a challenging time due to the combined fiscal impacts associated with the continuing resolution, sequestration and emerging overseas contingency operations requirements.

    According to the U.S. Army Program Analysis and Evaluation Office, the installation and its organizations will face reductions up to $134 million over the next six months. Over the same period, the Army’s total budget reductions stand to be $18 billion, while the entire Department of Defense’s projected budget reduction is $46 billion.

  • Blessed be the caretakers

    “Woe unto you, lawyers,” Jesus Christ himself once said.

    Fast forward 20 centuries and Christ could have had the personal-injury, ambulance-chasing kind of lawyer in mind.

    You’ve seen these law-benders’ brand of advertising: targeting doctors doing their best to alleviate patients’ pain through joint replacements or soliciting victims of diseases you’ve never heard of.

  • Sunshine week: Media and public both have roles in oversight

    The caller on the other end of the phone line was near exasperation. He had been given the run-around by government officials, the very people he put in office to represent him, and his quest for answers was met time and again with roadblocks.

    I don’t recall the specifics of the man’s concern, or the public officials he was trying to spur to action in a cause he passionately believed in from the conversation years ago. But one thing he said has stuck with me, and it is something I go back to time and again whenever someone calls with similar concerns.

  • Community should create a business incubator locally

    Nearly every Elizabethtown historian can tell you how Samuel Haycraft Jr., son of the town’s founder, wrote in 1869, “For who can tell what Elizabethtown will be, with her delightful location, her enterprising and energetic population … her future manufactories that must spring up … when it becomes a large city it will be well to look back upon her starting point.”

    Here we are, almost 150 years later, and in some ways that future still awaits.

  • What an age: News updates are as close as the nearest telephone

     

    ife changes seemingly occur at light speed in this technologically accelerated world.

    Many of the extraordinary wonders of my childhood science-fiction favorites have jumped off the bookshelves and exist today in my own house. Sometimes the changes are hard to fathom.

  • Time for transparency in Frankfort

    Every year members of the Kentucky General Assembly descend on Frankfort to carry out the duties our residents expect us to do. That expectation includes making sure the legislative process is open and transparent to all Kentuckians.

    But time and time again, and to the frustration of many of us in the Kentucky House of Representatives, the legislative process seems in some cases to be stuck in the back rooms of the Capitol. Never has that been clearer than our efforts to address one of the major issues of the 2013 Session: reforming our public pension system.