Bluegrass Beacon: Clear case for pension transparency takes bizarre turn

Unusual antics occurring on the campaign trail these days include a bizarre race to choose the next president of the Kentucky Education Association (KEA), the state’s teachers’ union. When’s the last time you heard a KEA candidate ask: “Why does KEA oppose transparency?” Randolph Wieck, a history teacher at Louisville’s DuPont Manual High School, did…

Bluegrass Beacon: Making transparency-tough choices connection key to solving pension crisis

Chris Tobe, a former Kentucky Retirement Systems trustee and author of “Kentucky Fried Pensions: A Culture of Cover-up and Corruption,” describes the commonwealth’s pension crisis as a “cancer eating its way through the whole state.” This cancer has spread – from Louisville, where a judge ruled that Seven Counties Services – a mental health agency…