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Opinion

  • By Anna Baumann

    Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

    New American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2016 released recently by the U.S. Census Bureau shows poverty didn’t budge and income only increased slightly in Kentucky from 2015.

    The poverty rate was unchanged at 18.5 percent statewide, and remained higher than the pre-recession rate of 17.3 percent set in 2007. Median household income grew an inflation-adjusted $871 since 2015 to $46,659, essentially the same as it was pre-recession. 

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    Dear Community Partner,

  • Grayson County Fiscal Court did a little firefighting of its own last Friday by approving the placement of fire dues on county tax bills. Fire departments have been asking for this step for several years.

  • By Stephen L. Meredith

  • Next week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry. Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It’s a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health, and happiness.

  • By Stephen L. Meredith

  • President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must rethink its proposed Clean Power Plan which imposes drastic new greenhouse gas rules for electricity generating power plants. If Congress cannot find a way to stop the EPA, electric utilities that are already struggling to keep up with the growing residential and commercial demand for electricity will be forced to shutter dozens of plants. Too many plants being retired at once will likely lead to volatile and unexpected price spikes for consumers in the years to come.

  • There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it’s the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Alabama, the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minnesota, or the giant ice cream sundae statue in LeMars, Iowa, every city has a desire to be known for something.

    It’s part of what makes living in a community so special. Everyone wants to have a sense of home, a place where they can be involved and where getting to know neighbors is a blessing, not something to be avoided.

  • Dear editor,

    Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands marched throughout the world demanding action on climate change. 120 world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations Summit on Climate Change. What can we do?

    A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases. A 2009 article in the respected World Watch magazine suggested that the contribution may be closer to 50 percent.

  • Congressman Brett Guthrie today voted in support of a package of bills that will revitalize and unleash America’s energy sector.

  • Kids are the most interesting beings to watch.
    I’m learning with my own two that there is no limit to their creativity, imaginations or perceived ability to do incredible things with their bodies. Don’t worry, neither got physically stuck in anything they shouldn’t have.

  • Dr. Terry Holiday, Kentucky Education Commissioner, asks us to fix  Common Core, not to remove it.  Common Core give increasing federal control over our schools.
     I went to a one-room school in the first grade and learned as much as the next two years combined and Americans did well with local and state control in building the greatest nation ever!  The federal government is tearing it down, especially under the present administration and Common Core is part of the teardown.
    Common Core is not good for the following specific reasons;

  • By Lee H. Hamilton
    Center on Congress

  • By David B. Whitlock
     “I’ve got a garden blanket to put over the frame for your lettuce bed, whenever you’re ready to plant a fall garden,” my friend mentioned to me on the way out of church.
    I mentally surveyed the condition of my garden.
    It’s that time of year when all the warm weather plants are birthing their ripened fruit. I feel like the lone obstetrician in a maternity ward where fifty pregnant women are in labor at the same time.

  • By David B. Whitlock
     “I’ve got a garden blanket to put over the frame for your lettuce bed, whenever you’re ready to plant a fall garden,” my friend mentioned to me on the way out of church.
    I mentally surveyed the condition of my garden.
    It’s that time of year when all the warm weather plants are birthing their ripened fruit. I feel like the lone obstetrician in a maternity ward where fifty pregnant women are in labor at the same time.

  • By Lee H. Hamilton

    Center on Congress

  • Rep. Tim Moore

    Kentucky Representative