Expecting educational excellence

“We have lowered our expectations to a level where getting by is considered acceptable,” wrote Hank Bond, publisher of the Greenup Beacon, in a recent column addressing problems with Kentucky’s education system. Bond, who worked as a public relations professional with a school district for a few years, offers the close-up view of one who…

Oops! Pension system isn’t transparent

Attorney General Jack Conway recently claimed that Kentucky Retirement Systems violated the Kentucky Open Records Act when it refused to release records pertaining to its payroll. The reason given: the request was “unduly burdensome”. Yikes.  Is it too burdensome to know how taxpayer dollars are being spent? Surely not. The Kentucky Open Records Act is…

Is health care ‘for people’ or ‘for profit?’

“Happy first birthday, Obamacare,” wrote perennial letter writer Paul Whitely, Sr., recently in the (Louisville) Courier-Journal. Whitely extends his birthday greeting by wishing the federal health-care fiasco “many more birthdays until we ultimately secure single-payer health care in America. It will happen when citizens finally realize that health care is for people, not for profit.”…

Huckabee’s transparency problem

When Mother Jones magazine asked the Arkansas governor’s office for records generated during Mike Huckabee’s tenure, the response they got was, well, not encouraging … [New governor Mike] Beebe’s chief legal counsel, Tim Gauger, replied in a letter that “former Governor Huckabee did not leave behind any hard-copies of the types of documents you seek.…