By Marie Powell
Center for Rural Affairs
Post offices are crucial anywhere, but especially crucial in rural areas that depend on the postal service to stay connected through news delivery, services crucial to businesses, and, in some communities, a link to prescription drugs and other services.
The mail service is a national treasure that has been in operation for 240 years. Every day, the Postal Service provides affordable, universal mail service to all—without using taxpayer dollars for its operation.
One of the ongoing challenges our country faces is making sure our veterans receive the full benefits they have rightfully earned.
Unfortunately, as we discovered during a legislative meeting earlier this month, there are still some who are either unaware of what is available or who have become mired in bureaucracy. The good news is that, thanks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), we are making great strides in closing these twin gaps.
Recently, two quotes from two very different people landed in my email inbox that have caused me to ponder.
The first one came as a Christianity Today update about Tullian Tchividjian, the Fort Lauderdale pastor who resigned after admitting to an inappropriate relationship. The update said he has no plans to withdraw from the public eye.
He wrote on his Facebook page: “One of the big questions I’ve wrestled with is, how do I properly steward this glorious ruin?”
“It’s been years since I’ve talked about compensation [for the sale of fetal body parts], so let me just figure out what others are getting . . . . If [the price for selling the body parts is] low, we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”
When it comes to policy, unemployment insurance may not generate as many headlines as education and public safety, but for working families dealing with the loss of a job, few programs are more important.
President Roosevelt signed this safety net into law 80 years ago last week as part of the Social Security Act. Since then, it has weathered numerous ups-and-downs in the economy, but beyond the Great Depression itself, none tested the system quite like the crisis that hit the country in 2008.
While writing this piece I realized the title may be met with skepticism. Although it may be easier to state that the following is purely fictional, rest assured that every word is perfectly factual. Once again the tale takes place in our eccentric home which has gradually become more like me with the passage of time. Whether that is a good or bad thing remains to be seen.
When I was a kid, we used to sing the taunt, “Shame, shame, everybody knows your name!”
I don’t remember who taught it to us, but we took great delight in singing it to anyone we wanted to shame and humiliate.
I was a horrible child. I’m still horrible, but I clean up nicely and mostly refrain from pointing out people’s sin to their face in public.
Still, what is it about us humans that we love to shame others?
A Century, a decade, a year … and counting!
The Kentucky State Fair celebrates its 111th year in 2015, with a colorful 11-day fanfare of food, music, rides, agriculture, animals, entertainment and fun, Aug. 20-30.