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Guest Columns

  • Consultant report: Pension system needs reductions

    Kentucky’s state pension systems are underfunded by at least $33 billion right now, leaving us among the worst funded retirement systems in the nation.   

  • Nation is greater when we stand as 1

    It was shortly before 9 a.m. that most Americans knew something was wrong that bright fall day 16 years ago.
    Regular TV programming ended abruptly nationwide as video of smoke pouring out of a tower of the World Trade Center in New York City dominated broadcasts. A commercial airliner had hit the tower in what was at first thought to be an accident. When a second plane hit the second tower at 9:03 a.m., America’s worst fears were confirmed: The crashes weren’t accidents. The planes had been hijacked.
    The U.S. was under a terrorist attack.

  • Harvey unites a divided nation

    By John Shindlebower
    Spencer Magnet

    A relatively small group of hate-filled people protesting and fighting in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month showed what sharp division can do to a nation.

    Meanwhile, a much larger group of Americans in Texas, of various political backgrounds, skin tones and social status, are banding together this very moment to help each other out in the wake of devastating flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

  • Board considers 7 options in levying general fund tax

     “The only thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
                     ---Harper Lee

    Dear Readers,

  • Laborers’ rights evolved over time

    Labor Day is a day off for many workers. But what is Labor Day, and what does it really mean for America’s workforce?
    Certainly, the American worker has come a long way and we can be thankful that we have traveled the distance. We have the right to a safe environment and compensation when we are injured. We are entitled to fair and equal hiring and management practices. And we are entitled to a minimum wage.

  • Legislature must ensure obligation to state retirees

    Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months. One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the very near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. Education, Medicaid, and other government services would likely be affected—a risk our state is not in a position to take.

  • Working in a farm successor as part of a retirement plan

    By Wyatt Fraas
    Center for Rural Affairs
    Are you one of the many farmers without an identified farm successor? Purdue University says that’s around 75 percent, and about half expect nonfamily members to take over. A gradual shift of responsibilities and ownership, plus an extended mentoring period, can help ensure the continued success of the farm business.

  • Pre-school program employees praised for contributions made to success of 5 Star Rating

    Dear Readers,
    We are excited this year to recognize the hard work of our pre-school employees. During the 2016-2017 school year our pre-school program underwent a Program Review based upon the Kentucky All Stars 5 Star Rating system. The Kentucky All Stars rating system is a quality rating and improvement system for early childhood and education programs. Based on the Kentucky Early Childhood standards and research-based indicators of quality. How a program earns its rating is listed below:
    n The Level 1 star is obtained by meeting all regulatory requirements

  • The Kentucky State Fair: The best of agriculture on display

    By Ryan Quarles, Kentucky
    Commissioner of Agriculture
    FRANKFORT — The Kentucky State Fair is one of the highlights of the agricultural year in Kentucky. As a farm kid from Scott County, I have many fond memories of past state fairs. It’s a chance to rub elbows with our neighbors, reunite with friends from across the Commonwealth, and show off the best that Kentucky agriculture has to offer. The 113th edition of this great tradition is Aug. 17-27, and, as always, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is pleased to be a part of it.

  • Kentuckians enjoy salary growth, increased jobs

    Kentucky incomes are on the rise, as is the number of many Kentucky jobs, according to a report on Fiscal Year 2017’s fourth-quarter state revenues from the Office of State Budget Director.