End transfer of professional fees to state budget
Are nurses and the public aware that nursing licensure fees are to be increased due to the continuing required fund transfers from the Kentucky Board of Nursing operating budget to Kentucky's General Fund?
KBN has already been required to transfer $2.6 million over the last five years.
KBN is self-supporting through fees assessed for professional licensure and receives no General Fund tax appropriation. This is also the case for many, if not all, other professional boards in Kentucky.
There are over 30 professions in Kentucky functioning as independent, autonomous units of state government.
Gov. Steve Beshear's 2008 executive order suspended numerous statutes and directed transfer of excess or surplus funds held in various trusts and agency accounts to balance the state budget.
Everyone should look at the 2012 state budget at Osbd.ky.gov.
Why should any profession that receives no state appropriations be required to turn over any funds from their account into the state's General Fund?
This is essentially theft of funds saved by an organization to be used later to promote the public safety or welfare.
Increasing licensure fees will be essentially another tax. Nurses, it's time to stand up for what is right. The executive order was not right and increasing fees is neither right nor the answer to budget deficit problems.
Reboot thinking on debt
I would describe our current status quo of government to be a nightmare computer failure.
Purchasing an expensive computer, you wake up and find that it doesn't function. With laborious hard-drive operations and a long booting process, the errors arrive. With a sigh of relief, you pull up the applications and ... nothing.
The hardware company will blame it on software, and the software company blames it on hardware. Now you're on your own and several hundred dollars in the hole.
Our state of government is near failure and requires more memory (your tax money). Dear friends, one day you will wake up and the government will cease to function. Despite $16.3 trillion in debt, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner seems to want to set the debt ceiling to infinity.
Tell me, why would you pay federal income tax if federal debt doesn't matter? What's your grocery bill? Your dollar is worth less than last year. When all is complete, you've spent more money for something that is worthless. Daily liberties are being destroyed with your tax money. May I offer some advice?
Dissolve federal administrations that are clearly unconstitutional.
Turn off TV media misinformation. Their desire is to bend your mind into their own left/right/center paradigms. Research the facts yourself.
Live our freedoms and liberties.
Wake up. The solution is you.
One day in the not too distant future, there will be a time when your computer doesn't boot up.
Votes against fair pay
I didn't vote for either Sens. Mitch McConnell or Rand Paul but they still represent me and are charged with representing the best interests of our entire commonwealth.
They do not work for the Republican Party. They work for the people of Kentucky — ordinary, hardworking Kentuckians like me (a female Democrat, gasp!).
They work for my Asian-American son and for my retired tobacco-farming grandmother. They work for the gay small-business owner in my community and for my best friend, a veteran furthering her education. They work for city people and mountain people.
The senators' decision to help their party block the Paycheck Fairness Act was beyond deplorable.
Surely they realize that women are a sizable portion of Kentucky's work force. God forbid a woman would want to get paid fairly for the work she does, the work that supports her family and infuses money into her local economy, that pays for things like school supplies and groceries and health care.
Not being part of a group of citizens that is regularly and systematically disenfranchised and silenced does not excuse them from employing empathy, not to mention common sense (I trust they're familiar with those concepts) when making decisions that affect daily lives and well-being.
An economy that rewards or punishes its work force on the grounds of arbitrary, unearned biological characteristics is not a good economy for Kentuckians.
Time for new blood
The country has suffered the past four years while Sen. Mitch McConnell has waged a personal battle with his "just say no." All because he believes he should be the leader of the Senate — like John McCain believed he should be president.
Now they are just two angry men who are no longer respected.
It's time for new blood, someone who will put the country first, not themselves.
Copland done right
The Lexington Philharmonic's "Copland's America" was not exactly a Friday-night hoedown with strains of Rodeo or Billy the Kid.
So what can one orchestra, one baritone and five choruses, with a symphony as prelude and a suite as an interlude prove?
That a Lexington audience will sit still for an evening of contemporary music threaded with nationalism, pessimism, optimism and faith, scattered with darkness yet full of promise and hope.
Although Copland's The Tender Land: Suite in the middle of the program echoed some of the somberness of Sibelius' Symphony No. 5, at the beginning it brought its own life to the scene not unlike Walt Whitman's poem I Hear America Singing.
Choral groups from Berea, Centre, Eastern Kentucky University, Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky delivered Copland's Old American Songs and Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs with an overwhelming beauty and innocence that only young voices can covey.
Guest baritone, Noel Bouley, lifted the crowd's spirits with Copland's The Boatman's Dance as the singing commenced. And the singers ended the program with Vaughan Williams' Antiphon, a plainsong that helped create a night of great music that was not so plain.
But this was also a night of celebration, of community, and of life as Maestro Scott Terrell dedicated the music to the memory of the life and work of percussionist Brandon Wood, taken from us too soon.
Whitman said it best, "I celebrate myself, and sing myself/And what I assume you shall assume/For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you."