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Rob and Lauren Hudson: A Letter of Common Ground about government control and higher education

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to comment on costs and calls for universal government funding and control of another segment of our economy, higher education. Unfortunately, college tuition costs seem to go higher and higher each year. The College Board reported in 2017 that public universities increased the cost of student tuition a whopping 213...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about freedom and health care

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to comment on calls for more government control of healthcare markets. We begin with the positive. Our healthcare system has delivered remarkable medical technology and advances, leading to longer lives and some of the most effective treatments in the world. It’s no secret, however, that healthcare has become very...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about youth and free enterprise

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to address the disconnect between societal benefits of free enterprise and how a sizeable portion of young Americans appear to negatively view our economic system. Meanwhile, these same young Americans witnessed and participated in a technological revolution delivered to us by free enterprise. Many of our system’s...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: A Letter of Common Ground about compelling support for free enterprise

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write today to present three compelling points favoring capitalism, all of which can serve as truthful, productive common ground. People who would prefer a different economic system often cite some negatives about these points. However, their compelling positives should encourage us to preserve free enterprise as the foundation...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of common ground about opposing unreasonable regulations

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa How could smaller government advocates oppose more regulations, many of which have been designed to protect citizens and keep them safe? As usual, we have two sides to the discussion. Neither side is evil and both sides think their approach is best. We write today to present a general case for simpler and fewer regulations,...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about why regulations expand

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa When it comes to regulation, people generally find common ground with the idea that government should provide rules to protect the safety of citizens. For example, businesses should not sell products that harm people, nor should businesses lie to customers. Of course, America’s business regulation extends way beyond the...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about why government grows, Part II

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Today we write to provide more reasons why government grows, to report on how large the federal government has become, and to ask some key questions about our country’s future. In recent decades, Americans have changed their approach to government. We often turn to government, rather than or in addition to private charity,...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about why government grows, Part 1

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Government grows because Americans want it to grow.Some Americans want higher taxes, more government spending, and more government programs. To pay for the programs, governments must spend more money by going into more debt, collecting more taxes, or both. Larger government advocates argue that with capitalism, many people...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about creeping socialism — we must draw the line

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write today to discourage Americans from crossing a line into harmful, creeping socialism. At some point, excessive government taxes, laws, spending, and business regulation cross over into control of business which removes business independence. Creeping socialism, with its potential to curb business creation and growth,...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise and personal debt

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to comment on the ills of excessive personal debt and to encourage support for free enterprise, pointing out areas of common ground along the way. We shouldn’t kid ourselves or be unrealistic by thinking money problems don’t matter to families and in marriages. They do. People can succeed in any circumstance,...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise and patriotism

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa With social media, a small group of negative, critical people can try to fool us into believing Americans don’t like their own country. We shouldn’t fall for it. A recent Gallup poll revealed that 72% of Americans claim to be extremely proud or very proud of their country, with another 16% describing themselves as moderately...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letters of Common Ground on free enterprise, courage and competition

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for promoting free enterprise because it has helped hundreds of millions of Americans develop a favorable approach of courageously competing. We want a system that rewards these positive attributes because they can help build a strong economy with resources to help more and more Americans. We have a...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Letter of Common Ground about free enterprise and work ethic

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write to make a case for promoting freedom and capitalism because they have helped instill a productive work ethic in hundreds of millions of Americans. We want a system that features a productive work ethic because it takes extraordinary effort to build a strong economy and resources to help all Americans. A strong work...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Letters for families — find common ground in conversations about liberty

Letters for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa We write at a time when some people describe America as being more deeply divided than ever. Through this series of letters, we intend to demonstrate that most Americans have substantial common ground, including shared approaches and values in many parts of life. We begin with basics. Consider the final phrase of the Pledge...

Rob and Lauren Hudson: Positive messages for America’s youth — focus on achievement not envy

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa There will always be people in this world who earn more money than us or have things we want. How will we view the people doing better than us? We get to choose 100% what we think about them. We could choose to be jealous. We could choose to criticize or tear people down. We could say to ourselves and others, “They...

KY Supreme Court rules in favor of Frost Brown Todd on Department of Revenue open records case

Kentucky taxpayers now have access to the state’s Department of Revenue (DOR) tax rulings. The case, Department of Revenue v. Mark F. Sommer,was successfully argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court by Frost Brown Todd (FBT) Member Jennifer Barber. The Court ruled that the state Department of Revenue took an “unreasonable and overly broad view” of public records statutes when they refused to...

Real fairy tale: How did commoner beagle, rescued from KY kill shelter, end up in Kensington Palace?

By Hannah Carver NKyTribune reporter This is the rest of the fairy tale. The world is familiar with the story. The Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan Markle, born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, married Prince Harry of Great Britain in the embodiment of the classic Cinderella story. But it is Duchess’ dog, rescued from a grisly fate in a Kentucky shelter, that is truly a rags-to-riches, happily-ever-after...

‘Legal Food Frenzy’ campaign nets 630,000 pounds of food for regional food banks; winners announced

During the second-annual Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy March 15 through April 2, the state’s legal community donated more than 630,000 pounds of food to benefit children in need. The 2018 campaign was an opportunity for Kentucky lawyers and legal staff to compete outside the courtroom to donate food and raise funds. Proceeds generated help Kentucky’s seven regional food banks prepare for increased...

Frost Brown Todd’s Crockett to join LG&E, KU senior team as O’Brien announces February retirement

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced today that John R. Crockett III, chairman of Frost Brown Todd, will join the utilities in early January as general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. The company also announced that Dorothy O’Brien, who has been serving as interim general counsel, will stay on until the end of February to ensure...

Three Kentucky law students among recipients of 2017 Frost Brown Todd Diversity Scholarships

Frost Brown Todd (FBT) has announced the recipients of the firm’s 2017 Diversity Scholarship. Launched in 2010, the scholarship fund annually awards financial assistance aimed to support diverse students in their education and exploration of law. “Diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a law firm,” says Kim Amrine, FBT Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “The FBT Diversity...