I would personally like to thank our Mayor, Steve Connelly, for the following things:
Indebtedness of $14 million, a conservative number, for new city hall.
40 year mortgage that we, our children and grandchildren will be paying for the rest of their lives.
Contract with KyMEA agency, not a company, we do not need, putting us in a situation with others to pay back a $5 million debt.
Utilities Manager that withholds information about said agency, harasses employees and has behavior unbecoming of a public employee. Leaving Berea in hell and going to Paradise. Continue reading Letter to the Editor→
You are supposed to represent all of Berea’s citizens, including the approximately 2600 that live with some type of disability. Over the course of the last few months, you have allowed $11,500 in city funds to be used to sponsor an event that has an open complaint with the Department of Justice for disability discrimination. You have all been made aware of this but still chose to let this happen. Continue reading Letter to the Editor→
Kentucky Retirement Systems stakeholders are shocked and appalled by the actions of the General Assembly regarding public pensions. Last week, in the space of about nine hours, the majority party produced a 291-page pension bill and voted it out of the House and Senate. Senate Bill 151 awaits Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature. Continue reading Letter To The Editor→
The General Assembly has finally produced a bill regarding public pensions and the fine print reveals some remarkable facts about its potential impact. The “fine print” in question is the actuarial analysis performed on behalf of Kentucky Retirement Systems regarding those aspects of Senate Bill 1 that affect KRS.
Thank you for your time in this matter. I am writing for my husband James. He is a Vietnam Veteran and loves his country and it’s people. James has been ill for sometime now. He has a damaged liver and failing kidneys. Last November 27, he was in the hospital and was told that he had 3-6 months to live.
James is still here with us. He has lost a lot of weight and his muscles. He is in Hospice Care and has a hospital bed, wheel chair and is on oxygen. None of us know how long we will live for sure but with that Continue reading Letter to the Editor→
Energy freedom in Kentucky is its infancy, yet it is in peril. Considering that solar is the most viable renewable source for us, legislators passed a net metering law under which utilities purchase excess energy from customers who generate power from renewable sources such as solar panels up to 30 kilowatts (kW) in capacity. This law benefits both sides. Continue reading Letter to the Editor→
I am deeply concerned about the pension reform framework recently made public.
These proposals challenge the contract rights of members, lower the standard of living of employees now and in retirement, and will worsen the cash-flow crisis in the state employee pension plan. Continue reading Letter To The Editor→
With President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord it’s time to re-invigorate the horse and buggy industry. We need more horses and buggies and we can rest assured this industry will employ at least 70,000 remaining U.S. coal workers who would have been displaced if the non-binding Accord was left in place. These hardworking coal workers and their families certainly deserve everything that our country can do to retrain, relocate, and financially support them as they Continue reading Letter to the Editor→
Far too often, legislators in Frankfort move to support or oppose a piece of legislation without fully knowing or realizing how their decision could adversely affect communities, businesses and the people of Kentucky. That’s why it is was so encouraging when Sen. Jared Carpenter of Berea, who chairs the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, decided this week to delay a vote when Senate Bill 214 came before his committee. Continue reading Letter to the editor→
A company named Kinder Morgan wants to use a 70-year-old deteriorating pipeline that runs through Madison County right past Kit Carson Elementary School to move highly volatile fracking byproducts from the fracking fields in the northeast to the Texas Coast. If this plan is approved, it could put our community’s water, soil, and the safety of our children at risk.
The WWII vintage Tennessee Pipeline running through Madison County will soon carry hazardous liquids if the Kinder Morgan Company gets its way.
These hazardous liquids, known as natural gas liquids (NGLs), are a threat to every property owner and community along its path. Byproducts of the fracking industry, NGLs are colorless and odorless as well as toxic, so you can’t detect a leak. They’re also heavier than Continue reading Letters to the Editor→
I’ve read with interest the hand-wringing that has gone on in regards to the leadership of the city “ignoring” the BCS stadium for expenditures that have been called a “temple to fiscal waste and utopian ideologies” like the expanded fire and police facilities that are currently under construction at city hall.
We have attended the Berea Crafts Fair for several years. This year I went wanting to find a new short walking stick. The one I found at the Kentucky Renaissance Fair is in need of replacement I bought it there for $15. The only one I found was $100.
We found that several items were of poor quality. Since it takes almost 1 hr to get there we may look for another; At least we were able to have lunch at Boone Tavern
My husband and I need some public help with something. Our youngest daughter, Bethanie is 43 years old. She lived at home all her life since she had brain cancer in 1980 when she was 7 years old, this was 36 years ago. Last January 2, she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, bone/skull cancer. She had surgery and part of her skull was removed and replaced with a mesh plate. Continue reading Letters to the Editor→
The pension article by Jim Waters of the Bluegrass Institute was certainly an interesting read. I enjoy fiction.
I am a State Government Retiree who became alarmed about the funding level of the Kentucky Employee Retirement System non haz (KERS nh) pension plan and over the course of the last year have learned much about the facts.
The facts are:
1) The Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) was formed by Legislation which was passed by Legislators.
2) Any changes to the pension plans under the purview of KRS are Continue reading Letter to the editor→
As a Kentucky Retirement Systems stakeholder, I am gratified by Gov. Matt Bevin’s recognition of the existential threat to the Kentucky Employees and State Police pension plans. His General Fund budget proposal for the upcoming two fiscal years allocates revenue above the full employer contribution to begin addressing this threat.
As members of the General Assembly return to Frankfort for the 2016 Regular Session, they will find themselves facing a multitude of challenges, one of the more critical being pension funding. Legislative action in the 2013 Regular Session provided the framework for funding the plans managed by the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS). Public employee (and teacher) pensions will require tens of millions of new Continue reading Letter To The Editor→
What would you think if several miles of a 70 year old natural gas pipeline in your county was converted to carry hazardous liquids? Industry giant Kinder Morgan plans to do just that. The hazardous liquids are highly explosive and pose a myriad of health and community safety risks, yet they are colorless and odorless, so you won’t know that you’ve driven into a vapor cloud until your car explodes.
I invite you to learn about pipeline safety, emergency response, and local options for communities seeking a sustainable future at Pipelines, Fracking, and Kentucky’s Future Beyond Fossil Fuels, a free one day summit on Saturday, November 7 in Lexington.
Results from the recently concluded “Age-Friendly” Berea survey revealed more than just how residents feel about issues impacting the quality of their daily lives. It also provided food for thought on a number of opportunities the city and surrounding communities could pursue.
As part of the World Health Organization/AARP “Age-Friendly” Cities movement, the study looked at how well Berea is doing in eight (8) core areas of livability: public transportation; affordable and variety of housing; outdoor spaces and buildings; communication and information; health and wellness; socialization; jobs; and civic engagement. The results, a first for Berea and our area, are part of an ongoing set of criteria the city must meet to achieve “age-friendly” status. Its designation can mean a lot to Berea in terms of tourism, retirement, and Continue reading Survey results point to issues; identifies opportunities for Berea→