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…

Kentucky’s education commissioner tells feds where to get off!

Wow! It looks like the US Department of Education has now gone too far. Even the ever-federal-tax-dollar-chasing Kentucky Department of Education has had enough! WLKY has the details of this remarkable development where federal demands for Kentucky to do nonsense things like testing with obsolete tests are getting the cold shoulder in the Bluegrass State.…

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…

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…

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…