Too far: UK Tobacco Ban

The University of Kentucky is going smoke-free on November 19, 2009. But wait! There’s a catch. This ban doesn’t stop at just smoking. This ban includes all tobacco products – even smokeless! After November 19, 2009 students, faculty, employees, or anyone else visiting the university will be prohibited from using tobacco while there. Here is…

UK Housing Debate Continues…

The recent University of Kentucky student housing debate has driven a lot of attention to private property surrounding the school.  This attention has included student protests at city council meetings, random inspections by the fire marshal and city code enforcement, and even visits to the area by Mayor Newberry and UK president Lee Todd. While…

Accountability, transparency key to making privatization work for citizens

The key to making privatization work is the accountability produced by a clear, quality contract. Such an agreement allowed Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to cancel a $1.34 billion contract with IBM Corp. to automate the application process for several supplemental government programs, including food stamps and Medicaid. The Associated Press reports that Daniels said the…