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  • It’s Only Money

    On Saturday, Dec. 17, I had occasion to visit the local Wal-Mart for some basic items. If the crowd there was any indication of difficult economic times, I would not want to go shopping if times were good!
    I got trapped in the meat isle and was afraid I’d have to wait for leaner times to fight my way to the rear for a gallon of milk. When I finally made it to the check out counter, with a good degree of exhaustion, I could not help but notice the number of those red, white and blue cards—the ones provided by the government—being used to pay for purchases.

    December 22, 2011

  • Robert Moore BW.jpg Try this ...

    Is there anyone left who just doesn't get the message of the Occupy movement? If so, then try this.
    By employing a plethora of tax-dodging techniques, 30 multi-million dollar American corporations expended more money lobbying Congress than they paid in federal income taxes between 2008 and 2010, ultimately spending approximately $400,000 every day -- including weekends -- during that three-year period to lobby lawmakers and influence political elections, according to a new report from the non-partisan Public Campaign.

    December 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • Cline Calhoun BW mug shot.jpg Justification through Rationalization

    Governor Steve Beshear is determined to bring state wide gambling to Kentucky by way of a constitutional amendment. He called it “expanded gaming” on Channel 27’s Kentucky Newsmakers. Expanded gaming = gambling. A skunk by any other name is still a skunk! His flip-flop is amazing in that he opposed even the Lottery system as the incumbent Lt. Governor in 1987.
    Many will say; “Well, the Lottery is gambling” and they are correct. However, it is in place and the proceeds do provide millions of dollars for higher education through grants and scholarships. But, two wrongs don’t make a right, and perhaps there’s a difference between a dollar here and a dollar there and losing an entire paycheck at the crap table or in the one armed bandit.
    A few years ago I coined a phrase; “justification through rationalization.” We can justify almost anything if we but rationalize long enough; we need the revenue, it will save jobs, we can reduce the state deficit, keep Kentucky money in Kentucky, we will draw in money from out-of-state tourists, and on and on. Honorable pursuits, questionable paths. 
     

    December 15, 2011 1 Photo

  • Justification Through Rationalization

    Governor Steve Beshear is determined to bring state wide gambling to Kentucky by way of a constitutional amendment. He called it “expanded gaming” on Channel 27’s Kentucky Newsmakers. Expanded gaming = gambling. A skunk by any other name is still a skunk! His flip-flop is amazing in that he opposed even the Lottery system as the incumbent Lt. Governor in 1987.

    December 15, 2011

  • Why Not Charter Schools?

    The number of parents choosing to home school their children has risen by 50 percent in the last five years. I believe this is a direct indicator of the frustration parents have in the interference of the federal government in dictating what their children should be taught.

    December 1, 2011

  • Terry Wise at computer BW.jpg CJ Welcomes New Cartoonist Terry C. Wise

    Editor’s note: Over the past few days you may have noticed the introduction of some new editorial cartoons on this page. The Commonwealth Journal today introduces the man behind the pen, native Kentuckian Terry C. Wise. We look forward to seeing his unique perspective as reflected in his work which we plan on publishing on a regular basis. We’ll let Terry tell you a little about himself.



    I'm a Kentucky native, having been born near Hodgenville, living now in historic Glendale (home of the world-famous Whistle Stop restaurant) with my lovely and deserving of your sympathy wife, Debbie. We have two daughters, more wonderful than I deserve, who try to shelter their friends from my humor, cartoons, and opinions, but I end up speaking at their schools too often for that to work.

    November 29, 2011 1 Photo

  • Don’t Penalize for Being Good

    Sports are intrinsically amoral.
    Not immoral, as in evil. Amoral, as in indifferent to right or wrong.

    November 29, 2011

  • Steve Cornelius Two-week notices and life lessons

    Apparently a two-week notice is not required, nor observed, when a football coach resigns his position.

    November 19, 2011 1 Photo

  • A Thank You from Veterans

    On Friday, November 11, 2011, the American Legion Post 38 Honor Guard and other veterans were honored by some of the local schools in Pulaski County.

    November 17, 2011

  • Bringing a brother home

    I recently attended the funeral services for SFC. Larry Gene Kiers,  a US Soldier killed in action while serving our country. The services were held in his home town Owensville,  Kentucky.
    The scene was one we have seen far too often, one we will never get used to, one which rips at our hearts, automatically brings tears to our eyes, brings back memories long forgotten--- but always a part of us. A scene which brings a terrible sense of loss, as we once again say goodbye to one of our nation’s finest. We as a free people can never ask nor expect any more noble and selfless act from one of our own.

    November 11, 2011

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