It’s about kids, not geography

The commonwealth has serious problems with its public education system. Yet the entrenched establishment apparently is more concerned about the fact that no Kentuckians are among the four finalists for state education commissioner. It’s understandable that Wilson Sears, executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, would feel the pressure to lash out. After…

League of Ordinary Bureaucrats

It’s understandable that there might not be a lot of enthusiasm for the public to know that organizations supported partially by taxpayer dollars have garnered the attention of state Auditor Crit Luallen for their “excessive spending” and “inadequate oversight.” And no … we’re not talking about Congress or the Kentucky General Assembly. Rather, we’re referring…

Invasion of the enviro-lites

NASA scientist James Hansen wants the attention that a protest (along with actress Daryl Hannah and 28 others) in front of Massey Energy in Charleston W. Va. brings, but he doesn’t want a real debate. Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship offered to debate Hansen about the environmental impacts of coal mining on mountaintops. But noooooooo,…

Senate didn’t buy Stumbo’s gumbo

The state Senate Budget Committee has voted 10-5 to kill the bill that would have expanded gambling by legalizing Video Lottery Terminals at Kentucky horse tracks. This came following all manner of arm-twisting and other “persuasive” techniques employed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. After the vote, Ron Geary, the owner of Ellis Park in…