• Economic freedom heads north

    “The wife and I are thinking over our career prospects and we’re suddenly open to moving to Canada.” “Ah, yes, you speak of the results of the Fraser Institute’s recently released ‘Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.’ It shows that Canada is the …

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  • John Blanchard never knew caves

    John H. Blanchard was one of many Kentuckians who joined the Confederate Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. He served in Company I, Fourth Infantry Kentucky volunteers, rising to the rank of second lieutenant. Kentucky was divided, but never formally left the Union. …

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  • State Capitol Week in Review

    Legislators heard details of a plan that would change how lottery scholarships are distributed, creating a “tiered” system. Its supporters say it would preserve the long term financial stability of the program. Currently, students at a four-year university who are eligible for lottery scholarships get …

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  • 2030: Will your state be the fattest?

    Perhaps you should be sitting down to read this. Or maybe standing up would be better. Standing up, running in place and frantically yanking the carbs out of your children’s mouths!!! Pardon me. I was just disturbed by a new report from the Reuters news …

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  • Why’d the Tea Party play nice?

    Remember that time the Tea Party Republicans in Congress almost forced the United States to default on its debt obligations by refusing to raise the debt ceiling? Remember how the government’s inability to, well, govern drove Standard & Poor’s to downgrade our credit rating for …

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  • Breeding the desire to win

    The gentle lapping of the waves against our bow seemed to arouse the sleepy dawn. Soon little colorful songbirds began to rustle about, calling excitedly from the brush tops along the grassy banks. The cares and hustle of the far off big city seemed to …

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  • More notes from students

    Most of my college students are bright and fun to teach, and work hard. But each semester I get interesting letters, emails, and phone calls from a few students. I save these, and occasionally I compile them into a column. The last couple of years …

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  • Che and the EPA

    On Sept. 13, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent an internal email to its staff under the subject line “Hispanic Heritage Month.” The email, obtained by The Weekly Standard magazine, featured a picture of infamous communist butcher Che Guevara with the slogan “hasta la victoria …

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  • Effect of immigration on American workers

    Here are a few indisputable statistics about immigration and the United States’ job market. Each new legal immigrant receives work authorization. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s most recent report, “U.S. Legal Permanent Residents, 2011” a monthly average of 75,000 legal permanent residents “may …

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  • Bonnie and Clyde in Arkansas

    Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree lasted only two years, but the Texas-based Barrow Gang was held responsible for 13 murders, plus numerous robberies, kidnappings and car thefts. One of the murders occurred in Crawford County, near Alma, Arks. In early June 1933, Bonnie Parker was …

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  • Secrets to being helpful rather than critical

    Have you ever experienced any of these scenarios? You have an idea or project you’re excited about. You work on it. You share it with someone you care about, whereupon your friend (colleague, boss, spouse, or parent) takes one look at the report (essay, business …

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  • Union Army, Navy destroying river ports

    One hundred fifty years ago, the Union Army and Navy were ridding the South of valuable river ports on the Mississippi River. Because the “Mighty Mississip” was so valuable for trade and communication in the South, every attempt was made to keep the Southern people, …

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