Opening the blinds on pension secrecy
Kentucky’s pension debt, which stands at nearly $34 billion today, is expected to reach $40 billion during the next three years.How different would our situation be today if former Gov. Wendell Ford had not decided back in 1972 that taxpayers don’t have a right to know who receives their hard-earned dollars in the form of pensions, or even how many pensions some state retirees get?
Living up to our ideals
When asked how they heard about the patriotic concert by the Madison Community Band and the Madison Community Singers in the EKU Ravine on the eve of Independence Day, most applauded to indicate they learned about it from the Richmond Register.
A smaller garden is easier to tend
I may not have the prettiest garden I’ve ever grown and, for sure, I have down-sized, both in terms of square footage and the number of vegetable varieties I used to grow by about half. But, I do have the cleanest little vegetable patch I’ve ever had.
The show must go on at EKU Center for the Arts
Until June 14, the Community Operations Board of Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts believed they had the responsibility and power to make decisions involving the center and its personnel, but what they really found out was they have no power at all. If that is the case, then why do they exist?
Character: The measure of a man
Eleven years ago, Peggy Noonan, a presidential aide and speech writer wrote a memoir about a former boss, Ronald Reagan. She called it, “When Character was King.”
Elections could be more voter-friendly
I got some interesting responses to my column about the low voter turnout.No one questioned my emphasis on the extra added power and responsibility of the few who voted. But some suggested ways for making our elections more voter-friendly.
A tearful goodbye
Friday was my last day as editor of the Richmond Register.
With much consideration and many tears — as well as guidance from those who mentor me — I’ve decided to take on a new challenge, one that allows me a little more time to spend with my family.
Coffee makers and a gaggle of little girls
Our Keurig coffee maker has died and I am grieving big time.
Loretta has washed it out with two gallons of white vinegar — twice — and followed all the instructions that came with the book that tells about cleaning it and all that, but I knew, weeks ago, that cleaning it was like dressing a corpse.
Fretting over Christmas choices
Right around now is when people start fretting over creches in the public square and arguing as to whether publicly funded Christmas symbols violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. And right about now is also when certain Jewish groups begin insisting that the answer is to place a Hanukkah menorah right next to that creche, which leads atheists to complain about a plague on both their houses.
Romney bets on old rules as Newt moves under radar
We’re not going to lose in New Hampshire.” So says Mitt Romney’s state coordinator, Jason McBride.
Stuart Stevens, the Romney campaign’s TV ad-maker, expresses similar confidence. Asked if Romney might finish second in New Hampshire, his answer is an unhesitating “no.”
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