• Acts of service to praise, cherish

    The New Year has arrived but some praiseworthy mentions are due related to some December accomplishments.

    A patriarch of education. The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, which has been the leading voice for improved education in Kentucky for a quarter century, received a like-minded figure when Al Rider decided to accept its invitation to serve on the committee.

    The recently retired president and CEO of the Central Kentucky Community Foundation has been a long-time advocate of improving public education.

  • Give credit where it is due

    ISSUE: Academic credit for military training
    OUR VIEW: Give credit where credit is due

  • Funding for brighter future

    ISSUE: Partnership brings endowment to CASA
    OUR VIEW: Fund builds stability for a worthy cause

    For a nonprofit organization, an endowment is a significant milestone. Making an initial investment, which will anchor the fund forever, and spending only earnings is an exciting step in securing an organization’s financial future.

    A central Kentucky organization, CASA of the Heartland, recently celebrated this achievement.

  • Public-private partnerships deserve consideration

    ISSUE: Government budgets and services
    Time for new ideas

  • Time for governor to take firm action

    ISSUE:Cabinet fined $756,000 in court ruling
    This penalty should get governor’s attention

    A Franklin Circuit Court judge yet again underscores the gravity of critical and on-going problems within the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. There are problems that set the cabinet at odds with the public it is mandated to serve.

  • State makes huge strides in decreasing traffic fatals

    TOPIC: Traffic fatalities decline sharply
    Keep up the good work

    Plenty of good news happened in 2013 on Kentucky’s roadways. Most people got where they were going and came home again safely.

    There were 634 traffic fatalities last year, still an extremely high number of lives lost. But a year earlier, there were 112 more deaths on Kentucky’s roads.

  • More education money starts with tax reform

    TOPIC: Education funding
    Tax overhaul is way to get there

  • No public use, no eminent domain

    ISSUE: Condemning land for Bluegrass Pipeline
    OUR VIEW: Clarify law and limit use of eminent domain

    Oklahoma-based Williams Co. and Texas-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners want to build a pipeline to pump natural gas liquids across the Commonwealth. The partnership expects it will not be able to negotiate sales with 2 percent of landowners along the route.

  • Who’s betting on casinos?

    ISSUE: The Gambling Governor

    OUR VIEW: Public vote would settle the matter

    If you’re a betting person, you may want to lay a wager that Gov. Steve Beshear once again will propose expanded gambling to help address the state’s revenue challenges.

    It seems to be the standard answer from the governor’s office when it comes to financial issues.

    Education improvement, gambling can fix that; budget shortfall, gambling is the answer; road needs, let’s gamble our way to the promised land.

  • Simple solution 20 years in making

    ISSUE: City classification system
    OUR VIEW: Proposed reorganization makes sense

    It has been 20 years since the state constitution was amended to drop a largely ignored requirement that city classifications be based on population. But the system continues to be used, despite the voter-approved amendment, because the General Assembly has taken no action to develop a new system in the past two decades.