You can’t be ‘conservative’ and advocate for the Nanny State, too

Once again, the state’s Smoking Nannies will be trying to convince lawmakers to absorb precious time during this year’s short 30-day session considering legislation that would implement a government-mandated smoking ban on all private property in Kentucky. There are many problems with such a policy – not the least of which it tramples on local communities…

Bluegrass Beacon — Smoking ban policy déjà vu: There they go again

Those attending legislative meetings this year in Frankfort may wonder if this legislative session’s motto is: “In God We Trust.” Signs with that declaration now hang in meeting rooms throughout the capitol. However, Senate President Robert Stivers is quick to note they are paid for with private donations not taxpayer dollars. I’m considering raising funds…

Bluegrass Beacon — Technology and common sense: Beating meth but protecting freedoms, too

Forgive me, but I want to say to the pencil-pushing Kentucky State Police lobbyists and drug task-force zealots: We told you so. A common-sense approach to fighting the scourge of methamphetamine not only won out in the legislature – where, in 2012, politicians who preferred taking the sledgehammer-to-an-ant approach to the problem were politically defeated…

Bluegrass Beacon: A weak case for ‘coincidence’

“Coincidence,” may indeed be, as Albert Einstein put it, “God’s way of remaining anonymous.” But it cannot explain why the overwhelming majority of business-friendly states also offer right-to-work protections for their citizens. It’s not a coincidence that Kentucky remains without such a policy. Labor bosses take full advantage of the fact that most Kentuckians probably…