April 23, 2014

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“School Bus Driving”

I saw an old friend the other day in the supermarket and she commented, “Marvin, why don’t you write a piece about school bus drivers”? I thought about it after I got home and concluded, “Why not!”

Some of the most ignored and least appreciated public servants are the school bus drivers.  Now, I know all of them are not saints, but they do a difficult job, and really, most of them are nice folks.

Views on National School Choice Week

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell recognized National School Choice Week in the Congressional Record and with an op-ed in Kentucky newspapers.

Minimum wage increase might kill Kentucky jobs

By Tod Griffin, Kentucky Retail Federation

Kentucky lawmakers are considering HB 1, a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over a three-year period. Proponents of the measure cling to the myth that minimum wage increases are a way to address poverty. The sad truth is that a minimum wage increase fails miserably as an anti-poverty policy.  In fact, increases in the minimum wage reduce jobs and job opportunities especially for young, minority and low-skilled workers. Study after study shows that minimum wage increases cost jobs and stifle job creation.  But we don’t need academic studies to know that. Common sense tells us that if you increase the cost of something, demand decreases. Raise the cost of gas and people buy less gas. Raise the cost of movie tickets and people go to fewer movies. Raise the cost of employing someone and employers will employ fewer workers.

Legislative perspective on Kentucky General Assembly

When the General Assembly meets in even-numbered years, the governor appears twice before the House and Senate during the opening days of the legislative session. The first time is the State of the Commonwealth address, which lays out a vision for the future, and the second comes two weeks later, when the governor focuses on how the state can pay for it.

Sen. Katie Stine reviews Kentucky congressional week

After observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, the Legislature continued its work that included a Tuesday evening joint session between the House and the Senate to receive the governor’s budget address.

Coleman announces his campaign for county judge executive


Andrew Coleman, a Pendleton County native, is announcing his campaign for county judge executive. Coleman, 47, a democrat, is a social studies teacher at Pendleton County High School.  This is his first campaign for an elected office.

Harris announces candidacy for sheriff


Hi, my name is William D. Harris and I am announcing my candidacy for Pendleton County Sheriff.

Republican Deb Sheldon files to follow Katie Stine in State Senate

Republican Deb Sheldon (left) has filed her paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State and will enter the Republican primary. She is running for the State Senate.

Race pits lifelong Republican and Army veteran against trial attorney

Lifelong Republican Deb Sheldon filed paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State on January 28 to formally enter the Republican primary to follow retiring State Senate Pro Temp Katie Stine.

Homemade ice cream by The Amish Cook

By Lovina Eicher

It is the middle of January and we are getting more snow. We have had our share of winter weather this month. My husband Joe and daughter Elizabeth didn’t go back to the factories until January 9 because of all the snow we got. They had a longer holiday break than they expected. The school’s doors also stayed closed for three more days after their Christmas vacation. The house seemed really quiet on January 9 when everyone finally left for the day again.

Here’s a cold day remedy

By Lovina Eicher

Cold winter days - and there have been plenty in the Midwest this winter - are a perfect time for a hearty, simmer soup.