Drill, or be killed

I just spent a snowy afternoon watching the excellent movie, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.” In this fictional tale of a British Man O’War in 1805, the captain of an outgunned warship realizes he must drill his gun crews until they can fire two broadsides in the time his much more…

Governor’s proposal threatens next year’s budget

Today’s Courier-Journal editorial should have been entitled: “Vote for ‘Caretaker Governor’s’ reelection.” By supporting Gov. Steve Beshear’s attempt to borrow $167 million from next year’s budget to close Kentucky’s Medicaid spending gap, the newspaper is essentially defending a political move designed to spare the pain of tough decisions until after this fall’s election. Fortunately, our…

Thursday Links: rewarding failure, meth hearing, trade agreements

Rewarding Failure: If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out “Rewarding Failure”, the Bluegrass Institute’s recent commentary on the sad state of education accountability, please do.  This short, honest, and alarming commentary discusses how superintendent evaluations are “rubber-stamped” and neglect to force any real accountability in Kentucky’s education system.  You can read the full…

Meth bill: Don’t lawmakers have more important things to do?

Clear-thinking legislators should reject Shepherdsville Rep. Linda Belcher’s bill requiring a prescription for cold/allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine — an ingredient used to make methamphetamine, a dangerous, highly addictive drug. Not only is it unnecessary government intrusion, it would drive up health care costs, take away yet more of our individual liberties and would actually make…