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Farmer sentencing was the right call

Former Secretary of Agriculture Richie Farmer betrayed the public's trust through his illegal actions while in office, and we feel he received the appropriate sentence.


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Eminent domain should not apply with pipeline

Oklahoma-based Williams Co. and Texas-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners want to build a pipeline to pump natural gas liquids across the commonwealth. The partnership expects it will not be able to negotiate sales with 2 percent of landowners along the route.

Although the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline's exact path is unknown, it will enter Kentucky in Bracken County and run through many central Kentucky counties to link up with an existing pipeline in Breckinridge County.


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Find a way to help others this holiday season

Find a way to help others this holiday season

 

'Tis the season for so many things: decorations, presents, Santa, ice, snow, the flu.

There are likely a hundred different things on your mind or your "to do" list at this very moment. Chances are, not all of them are pleasant. Actually, some of them probably incite worry.


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Shop local this holiday season

The National Federation of Independent Businesses estimated that Small Business Saturday generated $5.5 billion in sales for America’s locally owned shops in 2012. It’s too early to know if the promotion for independent retailers matched or surpassed that mark this year. But judging from the recent buzz for supporting local economies, we’d say the odds are that 2013 will be a good one for small stores.


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Don't support retailers on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is the most straightforward of holidays, unencumbered by the expectations of Christmas or the letdown that often accompanies New Year's Eve. This Thursday's holiday has little buildup and virtually no fanfare: a big meal, some football and perhaps a nap.


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Magistrates made the right decision in declining charitable requests

Charity starts at your house, not the courthouse

In the Nov. 14 issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal, you might have read a story about Taylor County's magistrates being approached for money by several local groups.

At its Nov. 12 meeting, Taylor County Fiscal Court had several items on its agenda that involved local groups and organizations asking for financial contributions. While this is in no way a statement against those organizations or their importance, it is one intended to address the information many people might not have about the operation of a governmental body such as the fiscal court.


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A guest editorial by John W. McCauley, state executive director for the USDA Farm Service Agency

Why Kentucky needs a Farm Bill now

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day, by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation.


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Kentucky's GED test needs to keep pace

Employers, colleges and vocational schools have long recognized the GED test as a high school equivalency degree. It was developed in the 1940s so American soldiers returning from World War II could use the GI Bill to advance to college. Many had left for the military without finishing high school.


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State failing in education spending

In Fiscal Year 2008, Kentucky spent $21.7 million buying textbooks for students in the state's public school system.

Today, free textbooks in K-12 public schools have gone the way of the dinosaur and the dodo bird. They became the extinct victims of substantial cuts in state spending on education in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

While avoiding free textbooks' fate of complete eradication, other important K-12 programs took significant post-recession hits as well.


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Obamacare battles put Congress on wrong path

Most Americans, even those who are wary of Obamacare, do not support shutting down the federal government as a means to block funding for the health care law. In fact, polls taken in the past couple of weeks show that the majority believes this tactic makes little sense and puts partisan motives ahead of the country's financial security.

Unfortunately, it is harder every day to make sense of Congress.


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