LTE: Broadband building best left to private companies

The following Letter to the Editor was written by former Bluegrass Institute/Koch summer intern Elaina Waters and published in Saturday’s Lexington Herald-Leader. It offers a free-market perspective on government-owned broadband networks. For more on this issue, check out this recent Bluegrass Beacon column on why Lexington’s proposal to build and operate a government-owned broadband network…

Broadband by bureaucrats: High costs of high-speed failure

While some in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government consider it fashionable to build and operate a broadband network at taxpayers’ expense, citizens who take a moment to look at the price tag of similar outfits in other places should at least do some more price shopping before heading to the register. They may also want…

Bluegrass Beacon: Free-market ‘Bizarros’ attack company’s property rights during beer-policy debate

Editor’s note: Since this Bluegrass Beacon column originally was sent to newspapers, the new beer-distributor policy was passed by the Kentucky Senate and presently awaits the governor’s signature. One legislator said the beer distribution policy debate that recently brewed and boiled in the Kentucky House reminded him of comic-book episodes featuring Bizarro, the super villain…

Liberty’s boosters & busters, courtesy of the Kentucky Legislature

Editor’s note: Since this Bluegrass Beacon column originally was sent to newspapers, telecom reform passed both the House and Senate and presently awaits the governor’s signature. This edition of “Liberty Boosters and Busters” comes your way courtesy of the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. A “Liberty Booster” is a policymaker who offers an…

Who in the Ky legislature supported more regulations on beer industry and ‘the ultimate assault’ on a company’s property rights?

We incessantly hear the complaint that goes something like: “There’s no difference in the two political parties. Both of their members are only in it for how they can benefit personally.” Frankfort’s Republicans, in particular, become very agitated and frustrated with such allegations. “There is a difference — but we just don’t get enough credit for doing…

Bluegrass Beacon — Frankfort’s out-of-touch priorities: Solutions for problems that don’t exist

A couple of quotes sum up what engaged Kentucky voters already know. The first one is provided by Mahatma Gandhi, who inspired civil-rights movements worldwide, said: “Action expresses priorities.” Second, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair once opined: “It is not arrogant government that chooses priorities; it’s an irresponsible government that fails to choose.” Actions…

Beer-distribution policy battle: Resist temptation to ‘do something’

The so-called “beer bill” passed by the Kentucky House on Tuesday has nothing to do with protecting small craft-beer makers and everything to do with Anheuser-Busch’s distributor-competitors using the force of government to drive a competitor out of the marketplace. These opponents of competition feign concern that failing to take away Anheuser-Busch’s property will somehow result in the…