Category Archives: Parting thoughts

Immigration reform is necessary to advance our global competitiveness

Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to China with a delegation from the University of Kentucky to advance several partnerships growing between UK’s colleges, departments, and universities and industries in a country growing in economic importance. One such … Continue reading

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A new era of decentralized leadership in Lexington

The past couple of years might come to be known as the Kickstarter era. Across the nation, ideas have been converted from potential into real value. The breakthrough that powers this new era of commerce is the openness that connects … Continue reading

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Think outside the Herbie

Lexington could benefit from expanded recycling initiatives I teach environmental science at Transylvania University. Each semester, I take my students on a field trip to the LFUCG Recycling Center on Thompson Road. For the past two semesters, I have added … Continue reading

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Drones: Yea or nay?

The use of “drones” — small, model-sized, radio-controlled, pilotless aircraft — to find, target, and vector weapons to kill al Qaeda and other terrorist leaders who are attacking U.S. citizens and American allies from North Africa to Afghanistan — is … Continue reading

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University presidents united on need for immigration reform

As leaders of institutions of higher learning in Kentucky, we have come together to  urge Congress and the President to work together to find a path to reform our nation’s outmoded immigration policies. Foreign-born students are a vibrant part of … Continue reading

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Parking: Urban Thoughts from Suburban Eyes

As a retired real estate entrepreneur, I’ve taken an interest in focusing the experience and skills I’ve accumulated over years of work in suburban retail development, and the time retirement now affords, to offer observations and potential solutions as efforts … Continue reading

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Recognizing the Humanity Around Us On More than Holidays

The teachings of our faith traditions demand that we think spiritually 24 hours a day, not just in the moments when we sit in the pews of our houses of worship. To this end, we want to create an ongoing … Continue reading

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A Place for Faith in Meaningful Debate

The teachings of our faith traditions demand that we think spiritually 24 hours a day, not just in the moments when we sit in the pews of our houses of worship. To this end, we want to create an ongoing … Continue reading

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Higher ed consortium to aid in college prep

Bluegrass Tomorrow has received a check for $35,000 to help continue its work with the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium. The contribution comes from the Bluegrass Area Development District (BGADD), whose board is comprised of area judge executives and mayors. Bluegrass … Continue reading

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An Open Letter From A Member of A Non-Existent Constituency to Patrick Stipes of Kentucky Tourism

Lexington, KY - Mr. Stipes: I’m sure you’ve been inundated with responses to your comments in USA Today about the “Kentucky Kicks Ass” rebranding effort, in which you seemingly dismissed an effort by a group named Kentucky for Kentucky to promote … Continue reading

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2013 To-Do List

Here’s to Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, whose two-headed sculpture looks to the past and future — or left and right, depending on your perspective. Since 45 B.C., calendars have started with January, marking the beginning of future goals … Continue reading

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Growing up the youth of today to meet current and future workforce needs

In Kentucky, 110,000 teens and young adults and nearly 6.5 million in the U.S., are not enrolled in school and not employed, even part-time. These youth are failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century, and their … Continue reading

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Separating industrial hemp myths from reality

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has made it his top priority to win general assembly approval for the cultivation and production of industrial hemp in Kentucky. Addressing a federal ban enacted in the “Reefer Madness” atmosphere of 1937, Comer recently … Continue reading

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Unfunded pension system threatens Kentucky’s future

Less funding for schools. No employee pay raises. Service cutbacks for people in need. Construction projects cancelled. Job-creating programs put on hold. Still higher college tuition. These and other stark developments could become Kentucky’s future if the state fails to … Continue reading

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A golden opportunity to manage the risk of pension underfunding issues

Much has been written about the underfunded pension plans challenging Lexington and the state of Kentucky and the negative long-term implications of not addressing these problems sooner than later. The numbers are worrisome and also large. Lexington has a reported … Continue reading

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Failure to compromise is dangerous, weak and maybe even lazy

Native son Henry Clay, who made a name for himself achieving solutions through the art of compromise, must be rolling in his grave these days. In this technologically isolating world, we as a people have become so sharply divided by … Continue reading

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Investing in Kentucky’s Future

Winston Churchill famously said that “courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” At the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, we believe that it will take courage … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: Criticism of child development programs misguided

Ray Davis’ recent letter attacking funding for pre-K programs — and focused entirely on the Federal Head Start program — cites flawed data and fails to account for decades of research that show Head Start children and families graduate from … Continue reading

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All in a day: Keeneland and the Red Mile

Lexington has never shied from the spotlight when it comes to showing off the best the equine industry has to offer, especially when it comes to horse racing. In the Thoroughbred business, that is without a doubt Keeneland Race Course. … Continue reading

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It’s time for a smoke-free Kentucky

Across the United States, a growing number of states, counties and cities have enacted strong smoke-free laws that apply to all workplaces and public places, including restaurants and bars. In Kentucky, 34 local governments have passed laws providing some level … Continue reading

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Girl Scout cookie sales offer early lessons in financial literacy

In response to your recent article in Business Lexington entitled “Talking to Children and Teens About Money,” I am excited to share how Girl Scouts is empowering girls to be financially literate one cookie at a time. For 100 years, … Continue reading

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The four secrets of Lexington

What are the differences between Lexington and Washington, D.C.? Lexington has a population of roughly 300,000, and Washington has a population double that. Washington’s neighboring Fairfax County, Va., has the nation’s highest median household income of $105,416. The median household income In Lexington is … Continue reading

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Get “REAL”

People love to remember the good old days — the time when something you bought lasted, when a new house and car meant you achieved the American Dream and when financial planning was fairly simple. Today, Americans are looking at … Continue reading

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Funding for pre-K programs? I think not

When my friend Al Smith wrote an opinion piece in the Herald-Leader, calling on Governor Beshear to fund pre-K programs in Kentucky, I got curious: How well have pre-K programs worked? The most familiar and longest running pre-K program is … Continue reading

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Talking to children and teens about money

Money doesn’t grow on trees!” Generations of parents reiterated this adage to children eager for a little extra spending money. Today, instead of getting, “Aw, shucks,” and eye rolls in response, parents are likely to hear, “Can we go to … Continue reading

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Close the sales tax loophole for out-of-state retailers

Kentucky retailers know how to compete; that’s why so many have weathered this economy and record unemployment. It’s also how the commonwealth’s 51,000 retailers have grown to employ almost 390,000 Kentuckians and directly or indirectly support one in four Kentucky … Continue reading

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Charitable giving: the highs and the lows

Have you noticed more requests from charities? If you read their letters or emails, you will recognize a familiar plea: Giving is down, needs are up. This has held true for most charities, but the news is not all bad. … Continue reading

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Building a system of excellence starts with an engaged learning community

It’s no secret that here in Lexington, we have an excellent public school system. With top-ranked schools, challenging academic programs, internationally hailed world language offerings, cutting-edge technical schools and comprehensive art and music courses in every school, your Fayette County … Continue reading

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Seize the Moment: Restore the Old Courthouse

Lexington, KY - When one door closes, another often opens. That seems to happen a lot in life and it may be happening right now, in Lexington, Kentucky. The recent closing of the old Fayette County Courthouse following the discovery of … Continue reading

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Kentucky can make a meaningful investment in hydropower

Construction is partially complete for 54,000 power plants that are poised to supply four million American homes with inexpensive, renewable energy that will have virtually no negative impacts on the environment. The required equipment has been field-tested for decades and … Continue reading

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Why manufacturing still matters in Kentucky

According to the pundits, manufacturing is dead in the United States. They say that U.S. manufacturers cannot compete with the low labor costs in China, Vietnam or Mexico. The conventional wisdom is that small manufacturers, in particular, are at a … Continue reading

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The Cruel Tease: Lexington’s Penchant For Capital Improvement Envy And Ambition

We keep doing it to ourselves. Year after year, scores of Lexington’s business and civic leaders put their phones and emails on auto-reply for a few days and fly off to see how some other city has managed to do … Continue reading

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The new business of prescribing controlled substances

Out of the heated debate between the Attorney General representing law enforcement and the Kentucky Medical Association representing physicians, the legislature enacted Kentucky’s “Pill Mill Bill,” which is sweeping legislation designed to combat prescription drug abuse through increased regulation of … Continue reading

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Redefining pain management

On April 24, House Bill 1 was signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear, creating stricter regulations on the practice of pain management. Whereas time will determine the effects of the bill, the need for public attention and re-evaluation of … Continue reading

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Living in a post-IPAB world

The second anniversary of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) just passed. And two years after its enactment, the debate over health-care reform is every bit as contentious. The recently released forecast from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) offers fodder … Continue reading

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Tax commission must ensure competitiveness

Kentucky has an opportunity, through the work of the governor’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission, to take a close look at the realities of state taxes and spending and develop a system that will help ensure the long-term sustainability of important … Continue reading

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Concern with childhood obesity should spur us to fight hunger

There’s a paradox in Kentucky and the rest of the nation: How can people be hungry and obese at the same time? Kentucky ranks astonishingly high on both measures. Ours was named the sixth most obese state in the country … Continue reading

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A few personal life lessons on the importance of creative supports

In the mid-seventies, I dropped out of college and created a job of sorts for myself working with punk music acts in the Philadelphia area. Without actually managing bands, I worked with them to find appropriate venues and to cultivate … Continue reading

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T-shirt company’s refusal of service pits rights against social justice

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963 To begin, I’m going … Continue reading

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Defining conservatism and liberalism in 2012

Lots of labels are being bandied about in this presidential election year. Two of the most commonly uttered and most basic to the American political environment are “conservative” and “liberal.” What does each mean in the context of 2012? Part … Continue reading

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Reader response: Conservatism protects the individual

Lexington, KY – In a recent article by Dr. Dugi entitled “Defining Conservatism and Liberalism in 2012,” he attempted to define Conservatism in Part 1 of a two-part series. He cites Romney as a fiscal conservative, Santorum a social conservative, … Continue reading

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