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Bacon is not a vegetable

As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up against militant vegans.Consider this collision I had the other day with a devout vegangelical. While at a potluck among an omnivorous group that included a woman who raises and slaughters chickens and turkeys for meat, I tried to politely excuse myself for not partaking ...

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Rental Central

A few gems hit the rental shelves this week, but beware of the stinkers that will be sitting right next to them with colorful packaging.“Philomena” — This little seen comedy/drama deserves some attention. The story finds a jaded political reporter getting downsized and stooping to writing a human interest story. His subject is a woman with a touching story about giving up her child for adoption 50 years earlier. He helps her seek her grown offspri...

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You pay taxes – Why doesn’t General Electric?

You pay your fair share of taxes. Small businesses do too. It’s the price we pay to educate our kids, protect our communities and have some security in retirement. Why shouldn’t some of America’s largest corporations pay their fair share too?Corporations are making record profits. But 111 profitable Fortune 500 companies paid zero federal income taxes in one or more of the past five years, according to a recent report by Citizens for Tax Justice. What’s wors...

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A legislative perspective

Early this week, lawmakers in Frankfort wrapped up the 2014 General Assembly, accomplishing some long-debated legislative matters and finalizing Kentucky’s priorities over the next two years.While it is too soon as of this writing to say what new legislation passed, the biggest task we had was finalizing the state’s highway plan, both the two years that will be funded and what we call the four “out” years that establish our long-term priorities.

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Young entrepreneurs blazing a path in East Ky.

A pair of announcements this week highlights the entrepreneurial talent in the eastern half of Kentucky.In Clark County, Martin County native Briand Endicott announced a new effort to promote his planned distillery. Endicott will appeal to the 3.5 million households of Fox 29’s The Crowd Funder Show. The show, broadcast to viewers in New York and Canada, will air sometime this summer and is positioned to help small businesses raise funds.Consider Endicott’s p...

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Letting corporations skate on taxes undermines life on Main Street

The Great Recession “officially” ended almost five years ago, but looking at many communities across the country, you wouldn’t believe it. Ten million people are still searching for work, and more than 15 million families have lost their homes to foreclosure. Classrooms are more crowded, roads need repair, and states and cities struggle to meet growing needs as Congress imposes an austerity agenda. Unless you run a wealthy corporation, you are likely experiencing an America ...

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Close the Paris Hilton loophole

If our leaders want to balance the budget, here’s a suggestion: Congress can scrap a new “Paris Hilton” giveaway that’s draining billions of federal tax dollars.This giveaway takes the form of a complex tax loophole designed to circumvent the federal estate tax, one of the few ways a democratic society can reduce extreme wealth inequality.The estate tax is a levy on inheritances that multi-millionaires and billionaires leave behind when they pass ...

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The smell of Easter

Years ago, when my kids were younger, they always got Easter baskets. They weren’t life-changing, but a lot of fun. My husband and I always made sure we got the candy we liked, too, just in case our son and daughter didn’t eat it.Just like at Christmas, it was hard to buy treats and keep them hidden with kids around.One year, my husband made a dash to Food City for a few things. He picked up milk and bread and while he was there he purchased goodies for the k...

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‘Scarecrow’

“The Breakfast Club” gets into a mashup with “The Children of the Corn,” when the titular creature goes after a group of high school kids serving out a detention in this horror effort from the SyFy Channel.

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Rental Central

A quartet of highly entertaining releases offered plenty of variety to renters this week.

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The secret sauce behind leading opponents of a minimum wage increase

There’s a heated debate going on in Congress and many state capitols this spring over raising the minimum wage. One of the key players – and a vocal opponent of wage increases – is the restaurant lobby, led by the National Restaurant Association (NRA).So, when the Restaurant Association holds its annual lobby day in Washington, DC in late April, topping its agenda will be this: to stick a fork in the proposed federal minimum wage increase.The NRA has an...

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A legislative perspective

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work on a number of budgets for our Commonwealth, but I can’t recall one that was as difficult – or as rewarding – as the one set to be signed into law this month.Difficult because state spending is still feeling the negative effects of the worst recession the country has seen in more than seven decades. Rewarding because this budget re-affirms the General Assembly’s commitment to education, protecting our most v...

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A faith-based economy for East Kentucky

I spend a lot of time on these pages talking about ways to leverage our heritage to create new enterprises around things like moonshine and a history of feuds. I sincerely believe this history can be the basis for ventures that sell new products and create new attractions in our region.At the same time, our region also has another heritage that economic developers shouldn’t dismiss: Our heritage of faith and religiosity.Faith is a powerful thing in the mountains. W...

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‘And God Said to Cain’

Horror movies get blended with Spaghetti Westerns in this revenge tale from Europe’s boot.The film begins with convicted thief, Gary Hamilton, working a rock pile in the scorching desert sun. A rattlesnake turns up and almost puts the bite on him, but this guy is cool as ice and dispatches the serpent by mashing its head to a pulp with his county-issued pickaxe. Good thing, too, as he is promptly released by a judicial order thanking him for his prior military service. Too ba...

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Rental Central

Two big theatrical releases shared shelf space with a pair of European crime dramas and offered quality entertainment for renters this week.“47 Ronin” — Big dumb action movies are even better when they have multiple influences, like this effort from last summer. The film balances swordplay, epic battles and sorcery. The film plays like a Kinji Fukasaku epic filtered through an installment of “The Matrix.” Keanu Reeves ...

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Varia was a diamond

Mahendra Varia, the man of a few words, the man of an...

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