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$1M healthcare question

By Meaghan Downs

Ben, the man pictured directly above me on this page, recently handed me a news article about $1 million.
Turns out that during a recent school board meeting in Woodford County, the Woodford County school board learned they could face $1 million in Affordable Care Act or Obamacare penalties if it failed to offer adequate health insurance to those full-time employees working 30 hours a week.


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Here’s how to avoid ‘Unaffordable Care Act’ tax penalities

Medicaid flourishing here, not Obamacare

By Ben Carlson

Uh oh. That was my takeaway after watching Gov. Steve Beshear’s appearance Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
Paraded out by Democrats looking for something, anything positive to say about Obamacare, Beshear was supposed to trumpet how well Kentucky has done signing up people for the controversial health tax (yes, I said tax, not law, and point to the Supreme Court decision to back it up).
Beshear did an admirable job spouting that there have been roughly 25,000 sign-ups and heralding the state’s ability to create a website that actually works.


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Chewing on news leftovers

By Meaghan Downs

A little known fact about me — I am the queen of leftovers.
Endless possibilities leave me paralyzed, gnawing on a block of cheddar cheese because I’m too overwhelmed by choice to cook a proper meal for myself.
Give me an almost bare pantry, and I can whip up something pretty delicious.
OK, that adjective should probably be “edible,” not delicious.
Consider this week’s column an exercise in leftovers: the last week’s tidbits layered in an informational news sandwich.
Great. Now I’m hungry.


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Not accepting pipeline officials’ request for Q&A a mistake

Paid labor trumps free labor any day

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway made a good decision and a questionable one during last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
Lest I be perceived as always focusing on the bad, let’s start with the good.
Conway informed magistrates that he had recently rejected the Shelby County Detention Center’s offer of work release inmates, a wise choice once you think it all the way through.


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Pluck, pluck, plucking on heaven’s door

With three fingers clenched into a curved claw, I tried to pluck heaven out of Jane Bennett’s harp.
No rich, strong and angelic voices sang from the chord’s strings as I had imagined. Moments earlier, I had glided my pointer finger up the strings in a glissando like a child clumsily drags a stick across the bars of a fence.
My first harp lesson had lasted a total of five minutes, and I was already frustrated.
And strangely, kind of relaxed at the same time.


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Billboards new weapons of choice in holy war

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
The holy war that has been waged first on the sidelines of local football games and subsequently in the editorial section of this newspaper apparently has plenty of company.
Just in the past month, high school football players were told their coach couldn’t lead them in prayer (although in actuality he really wasn’t), followed by the school board’s decision to pray, but only before it actually opens its meetings.


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Pipeline: Pipeline developers respectful guests, good stewards of land

By Rob Hawksworth
The Bluegrass Pipeline team has begun negotiating easements with landowners. This is a critical step in finalizing the route for this important piece of American energy infrastructure. Prior to commencing these negotiations, Bluegrass Pipeline sent a letter to the affected landowners that addressed a number of issues including the important landowner question “how does this benefit me?”


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Pipeline: Landowners should think, consult lawyer before granting easement

By Terry Geoghegan
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Landowners contacted by the Bluegrass Pipeline Partners LLC, the Williams Company or one of their representatives about selling an easement for the construction of a 24-inch pressurized natural gas liquids pipeline across their property rightfully have questions about whether granting such an easement is in their interest.


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How does school district monitor Internet use of students, teachers?

By Meaghan Downs

You sign your name in blood on the Internet.
Not literally, because that’d be gross and virtually impossible.
But no other metaphor, in my opinion, gives the right weight of gravitas when it comes to discussing the permanent nature of representing yourself on the Internet.
It’s an unconscious blood oath that you sign with the entire online world, that everyone you write and post will exist for infinity.


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If Bigfoot is real, where are the dead bodies?

Repo’d property shouldn’t be among top taxpayers

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
The chart attached to this column is both interesting and sad.
Interesting in that it shows just how much Wild Turkey currently pays in property taxes after investing over $100 million in our fair county during the past four years.
What’s sad is the bottom half of the list because it points out just how poorly Anderson County has done in attracting more taxpaying behemoths like Wild Turkey.


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