Go figure

The Rural Blog reported on November 30, 2017 that “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is targeting the opioid epidemic in Appalachia by establishing a new field office in Louisville on Jan. 1.” You have to wonder about that. The Appalachian Regional Commission shows this region includes the following area. Louisville isn’t even in the Kentucky-Tennessee-West…

Bluegrass Beacon: Embrace politically ecumenical policies

While the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly has had its share of party-line votes, some policies designed to make government more transparent and accountable have garnered bipartisan support. The decision by House Speaker Jeff Hoover and Senate President Robert Stivers to direct the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) to publish committee votes online within…

Bluegrass Beacon: Tales of Congressman Crockett’s exploits still instruct

While folklore about Davy Crockett is filled with stories of courage and daring, it’s Horatio Bunce, respectable farmer in the Tennessee district represented by Crockett in Congress, who’s the hero of this story – at least in the version found in Edward S. Ellis’ biography about the larger-than-life “King of the Wild Frontier.” Ellis recounts…

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will speak @ Louisville Forum

Bluegrass Institute president Jim Waters will speak on “Can Professional Soccer Score in Louisville?” during this Wednesday’s Louisville Forum at Noon at Vincenzo’s, 150 S. Fifth St. in the River City. Waters also will participate in a panel discussion on the issue along with Amanda Duffy, president of the Louisville City Football Club (a United…

Bluegrass Beacon: Second chances for felons and taxpayers

Editor’s note: This column originally was released to newspapers before passage of House Bill 40, which creates a process giving some low-level criminals a one-time opportunity to apply to a court to have their records expunged following a five-year waiting period and paying a $500 fee after completing their sentences. The column has been updated…

Bluegrass Beacon: House GOP shows solidarity, challenges the status quo

Editor’s note: This column originally was released to newspapers before the state Senate had passed its budget. It’s been updated to reflect passage of the Senate’s budget. How unfair it was for former Gov. Steve Beshear to claim he was leaving the commonwealth’s bank account in much-better shape than he was handed when, in reality,…

Bluegrass Beacon: Pension gain, budget pain

Charles Eliot, the longest-serving president in Harvard University’s illustrious history, once said “the capacity to inflict pain” is a university leader’s most important quality. Could it also be a chief executive’s greatest asset – especially if he’s elected to lead a commonwealth that’s “already become essentially insolvent?” That’s how Gov. Matt Bevin described Kentucky’s fiscal…

OKI’s claim that Cincy Eastern Bypass would cost twice that of a new bridge: Wholly unsubstantiated, defies common sense

Opponents of any viable alternative to forcing taxpayers to fork over at least $5 billion to fund a new bridge across the Ohio River connecting Northern Kentucky with Cincinnati that would not address the region’s serious – and growing – congestion issues have turned to fear mongering the current state of the Brent Spence Bridge and…

News release — Bevin’s first budget plan: ‘Stop digging’

 For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2015       Contact: Jim Waters @ (270) 320-4376 Gov. Matt Bevin in his first budget address said it’s time to “stop digging” and showed that the administration is focused on returning the commonwealth to solid financial footing by offering a fiscally austere budget proposal that dedicates $1.1 billion toward shoring…