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…

Tuesday thoughts and links: State of the Commonwealth, Fayette schools, and more…

Gov. Steve Beshear will give his State of the Commonwealth address tonight.  Let’s hope he calls for charter schools, increased transparency and accountability, spending cuts in state government, and making Kentucky a Right to Work state…I won’t hold my breath. Fayette County Schools superintendent Stu Silberman has announced his retirement. You can view a recent…

Rewarding failure in Jefferson County Schools

Read the full “Rewarding Failure” commentary here. According to superintendent Sheldon Berman’s performance evaluation the 2008-2009 stated goals for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) were: “…to enhance effective teaching, enhance effective leadership, strengthen organizational culture and improve organizational effectiveness” Enhancing effectiveness is great.  That sort of language makes people feel good.  However, I hope there…

Can they quit?

I read an article today about using MRIs to discern whether smokers are able to quit smoking.  Whether they are able to depends on certain activity in the area of the brain responsible for behavior change. I wonder if we could use this same technique to determine… …if the Kentucky General Assembly can change their…