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Deal with ISIS now, or die by it later

During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), conceived by Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom, gained strength and experience fighting in the Syrian civil war, a conflict President Obama avoided by dubbing possible in...

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Solar power gets hot, hot, hot

With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall.Unlike some other denizens of the fossil-fueled set, this gang isn’t beating oil wells into solar panels, retiring nuclear reactors, or embracing wind and geothermal power. Instead, these guys are trying to coax lawmakers into rigging the rules against increasingly competitive new energy altern...

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Movies from the Black Lagoon: ‘Deadly Eyes’

A swarm of giant rats threatens Canada in this drive-in classic that delivers the low-budget horror goods with style and clever effects work.The film opens with college students hearing a lecture about vermin on a class trip. Most nature-run-amok flicks save this information for the halfway point, but this movie dives right in to the deep end. We learn that rats eat one-fifth of the world’s food supply, outnumber us 24-to-1, and cause millions of dollars in property damage ev...

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No appetite for fixing school lunch

You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good.That’s what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.I was active in advocating for school lunch reform at the time. The bill became law shortly after I published a book on U.S. food policy. It seemed like such a perfect solution: Fix school lunch and you improve the diets of millions of kids instantly. You also...

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Tim Robinson, entrepreneur

Launching a new business venture in a county purported to be one of the worst in America is not something you’d ordinarily expect from a successful entrepreneur, especially one who lives nearly three hours’ hard drive away. What about all those dreary stats the New York Times assembled? Poor educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate… how could an entrepreneur possibly be expected to assemble a stable workforce f...

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A legislative perspective

When it comes to cutting-edge medical research, Kentucky has long played an outsized role despite being a relatively small state.It began more than 200 years ago, when Danville’s Ephraim McDowell became the father of abdominal surgery, and it continued up to a few weeks ago, when it was reported that an Owensboro facility had produced the experimental serum given to two Americans who had become infected with the Ebola virus in Africa.While more work is necessary to...

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Movies from the Black Lagoon: ‘The Tall Man’

A small town in the Pacific Northwest is terrorized by a dark figure that abducts children, in this carefully orchestrated chiller from Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”).The film opens with a bang as police, assisted by FBI agent Lt. Dodd, search for a missing child and interview the only witness, a bloodied and beaten down woman named Julia. The story then leaps back 36 hours and we see the ordeal she went through that led to her bruised state.

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Rental Central

An odd week saw low key releases that you may have missed but included enough gems to make a trip to the rental store worth the gas.“Batman: Assault on Arkham” — When the government needs information from Batman’s enemy, The Riddler, they recruit a team of villains to break into the titular location and steal it. They call themselves “The Suicide Squad,” but one of their number used to work for the Joker and she frees her old bos...

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Don’t get over it; get help

Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down.Imagine being unable to shake that feeling of despair and hopelessness.For someone suffering from depression — and one in every six people will at some point — that veil of darkness can last days or weeks. It can be so consuming as to affect daily activities suc...

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Senators don’t create jobs

When I was a freshman in high school at Burnside years ago, they taught us that senators’ and representatives’ jobs were to sponsor bills, pass legislation and make laws. NOT make jobs. Why does our secretary of state change their job description? It’s not her place.To prove this, we have Toyota. In 1983, Frankfort and the governor, not any senator, gave tax incentives for them to come here. So it is a Frankfort issue.Corporations and business bring job...

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Where is the concern?

I am a concerned citizen of Floyd County. I live at Banner and I know for sure of a person who has been reported many times for cruelty to a horse. She had one die last year. This animal is starving to death. I have even taken pictures to the courthouse, and still not a thing has been done. Is everyone waiting for it to die before something is done or what?Juanita BevinsBanner

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Retirement: A new and different form of work

Both financial and physical well-being in retirement require foresight and planning. Although far too many people fail to plan their financial resources, perhaps even more people fail to plan how to invest their hours and days once the structure of the work week is removed by retirement.In his book “Invisible Man” Ralph Ellison writes, “Don’t you know the quickest way to die is to retire?” Unfortunately, there is some research evidence to suggest that ...

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A legislative perspective

Over the last several weeks, there has been new discussion about two of Kentucky’s oldest forms of transportation: rivers and railroads.First, the General Assembly’s Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation dedicated part of its July meeting to learning more about the central role Kentucky plays when it comes to barge traffic.We have dozens of riverports, but most are privately owned. Seven are public, however, and five others like them are being develope...

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Litmus test for Obama on whistleblowers

Whistleblowers, often revered and feared by the Obama administration, have received a special place since the 2011 initiation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a global transparency campaign. Their prominence is justified. The OGP will become a magnet for cynicism unless there is safe cover for those who will make it work or fail – whistleblowers on the front lines of fraud, waste and abuse currently sustained through secrecy and enforced by repression.Is OGP a seriou...

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The class war goes retail

For the first time since 1997, the U.S. economy just added at least 200,000 jobs per month for six months running. GDP grew at a 4 percent annual clip between April and June. The percentage of Americans who describe the economy as “good” has climbed to the highest level of President Barack Obama’s presidency.Who wouldn’t rejoice over these happy milestones on the bumpy road to a real recovery?Wall Street. On July 31, within hours of the release of...

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