Bluegrass Beacon: What doth it profit a telecom company to invest in Kentucky?

Some editorial writers condemn supporters of telecommunications reform for being driven by a profit agenda. However, no company remains in business without “profit” as its primary motivation. Those editorial writers would find themselves in unemployment lines were it not for subscribers purchasing newspapers containing advertisements paid for by profit-driven advertisers – all designed to create…

The truth about telecom reform: It’s not what the fear mongers say

My weekly Bluegrass Beacon column released to newspapers on Thursday was about the state Senate’s approval of legislation removing onerous regulations from state law that not only discourage telecommunications companies from investing more resources in Kentucky, but also hamper them from investing in ways that improve the commonwealth’s wireless infrastructure. Fear mongers say the legislation…

Lee County Supt: Reforming telcom regs about equal access for rural students

Much of the opposition to such common-sense reforms of Kentucky’s telecom regulations usually comes from those who oppose any move to lessen government regulation hindering the private sector, particularly if such a move benefits a corporation like AT&T or Verizon. However, it’s not just corporate types who favor clearing out the underbrush of antiquated telecom regulatory mandates,…

Lawmakers act to protect existing coal-fired power plants from EPA

Even Kentucky’s Democrats recognize that if the EPA implements the same heavy-handed emission standards on existing coal-fired power plants that it already has forced on proposed new operations, our state’s economy will suffer greatly. The House Committee on Natural Resources and the Environment passed a bill without opposition today that orders the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet…

BIPPS in the Herald-Leader: Common core standards fall way short

The Bluegrass Institute has always advocated for high standards — the kind of standards that will ensure Kentucky students will be fully and adequately prepared for college or career. Don’t count on the Common Core State Standards to provide such preparation, writes Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes in today’s Lexington Herald-Leader.