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Johnathan Gay: Having an entrepreneurial economy requires a new way of thinking

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If you take a poll of the average person on the street and ask “what should Kentucky be most focused on?” the answer overwhelmingly would be jobs. Nothing is more important to our state than promoting, creating and saving good …

Rep. Mike Denham: Lawmakers go back to schools to promote better civic awareness

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Starting this week, hundreds of state legislators from across the country will begin visiting classrooms to kick off the 16th annual America’s Legislators Back to School Program.   Sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, this event initially lasted …

Bill Straub: Not so fast … Grimes still might have a ‘puncher’s chance’ against McConnell

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It’s obvious at this juncture, just a bit less than two months before Election Day 2014, that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has a modest but swelling lead over his Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, in his …

Tom Block: Congress’ return to Washington forces budget, foreign affairs issues to fore

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This week Congress returns to Washington after its five-week recess and has three weeks to pass a spending plan for the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Everything Congress does in the next few weeks will have the November …

Commentary: Come celebrate 20th birthday of AmeriCorps and its ‘incredible impact’

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By Joe Bringardner Special to KyForward   What if there was a program for adults of all ages that enabled participants to gain the necessary skills to earn 21st century jobs and help pay for post-secondary education while also providing …

Rep. Mike Denham: Remembering nation’s collective strength on 9/11 is fitting tribute

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On Thursday this week, our nation will pause to remember those whose lives were lost on Sept. 11, 2001.   If you are old enough to recall exactly where you were and what you were doing when you first heard …

Commentary: Kentuckians understand ‘boom or bust’ of coal and know ‘war on coal’ is myth

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By Bill Adkins Special to KyForward   I was born in Letcher County in Southeast Kentucky, in the old company town of Jenkins on the border with Virginia. My grandfather (he died of black lung) and his brothers were coal …

Lewis Donohew: Same drug cost me under $3 last year, $72 this year and $720 for Medicare

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One year ago I went on Medicare and it has been enlightening to see why it is a subject of controversy. One recent event in particular grabbed my attention and led my wife and me onto a path of discovery. …

Bill Straub: Kentucky GOP’s rendition of ‘I’m Against It’ may hit sour note on health care

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At the outset of the still wonderful Horse Feathers, filmed in 1932, Groucho Marx as Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the freshly anointed president of Huxley College, lets the faculty know precisely how he intends to run the campus by singing, …

Johnathan Gay: Farmer, entreprenueur took chance on Eastern Kentucky – and succeeded

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  Editor’s note: This column was written as part of an ongoing response to The New York Times story What’s the Matter With Eastern Kentucky? The entire response can be found at www.ekyhelpingourselves.com, a collaborative project of entrepreneurs and the …