Commonwealth Journal

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  • Recreation needs drugs?

    One of the favorite politically correct phrases of today is “recreational drugs.” That really gets my dandruff up even through the Brylcreem.

    January 19, 2012

  • Taxpayer Subsidies

    An article I read in the newspaper stated that the Kentucky Supreme Court had reached a verdict in a split decision that would make applicants for Black Lung benefits have to meet the same criteria for benefits for similar lung diseases from a different causative agent. Pneumoconiosis is the disease and it can be caused by inhaling dust from any source so the qualifications for benefits for this disease should be the same across the board and not be different just because sufferers of Black Lung get it from coal dust. However, written standards have made qualification for benefits for Pneumoconiosis resulting from coal dust more difficult. This is unfair and discriminatory and it seems the court reached an equitable decision that will result in many more miners being eligible for taxpayer funded benefits.

    January 18, 2012

  • WEB neal.jpg Smoking ban is a good idea

    January 12, 2012 1 Photo

  • Cline Calhoun BW mug shot.jpg We’re all pill-poppers & junk food junkies

    Anyone who grew up in the Eubank area in the 50’s and 60’s probably remembers our local general practice physician Dr. Williams; a wonderful man. I only remember one occasion when my parents took me to see him. I was delirious with a temperature of 103 and Dr. Williams gave me a shot of penicillin. I may have been delirious but I remember that needle; it must have been three inches long and the size of a pencil lead.

    January 12, 2012 1 Photo

  • How do you restore earning power of the middle class?

    I don't think a story in this yet young new year has chilled me quite so much as the January 2, 2012 story in the Lexington Herald-Leader about General Electric in Louisville planning to hire new workers. With wages dropping domestically, General Electric is proposing to increase manufacturing of appliances.

    January 11, 2012

  • Chris Harris mug color.jpg Alumnus not sure about Science Hill High School

    It’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Having one or two cookies at a time is fine. Having a whole box/tray/jar full of them is liable to make you sick (to say nothing of your waistline).

    January 10, 2012 1 Photo

  • Robert Moore BW.jpg R.I.P. Eubank High — 1929-1986. Torched Dec. 30, 2011

    Friday night, Decemter 30th, 2011, the abandoned old building that used to house Eubank High School burned down to the exterior brick.  A good shove will send them tumbling into the chasm that remains of the smoldering ruins.

    January 3, 2012 1 Photo

  • New Year’s Resolutions

    Since Santa Claus has come and gone and all I got in my stocking was a lump of coal, I think I should start compiling my New Year’s resolutions and perhaps I’ll fare better on his naughty or nice list next year. Some of the things I’m considering are:

    December 29, 2011

  • Caution on Privatization

    New University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto recently announced that the university would stay out of the fracas surrounding whether to replace or remodel Rupp Arena. I think that was probably the correct move. The entire complex at Lexington Center really has more to do with the development of downtown Lexington as an attraction than it does a place for the Wildcats to play basketball.

    December 27, 2011

  • Santaforweb.jpg A Stand-In Santa’s Plea

    December 25, 2011 1 Photo

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