On pension reform, don’t freak over the first proposals

Mark White is Editor of The News Journal.

In 2014, the Green Bay Packers started off the season losing two out of their first three games. The fans were starting to panic.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers famously had a simple answer for the panicking fans, “R-E-L-A-X. We’re going to be OK.”

The packers went on to win 11 out of their next 13 games.

Monday afternoon, PFM Group, a consulting firm, presented its report to the Kentucky Public Pension Oversight Board noting that Kentucky’s public pension system is underfunded by $37 billion to $85 billion.

PFM Group made a number of recommendations, such as eliminating cost of living increases given to state retirees between 1996 – 2012, which could roll back the benefits for retirees by as much as 25 percent or more.

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Preventing hay fires

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources You can prevent hay bale or barn fires if you bale hay at appropriate moistures and monitor the temperature of recently baled hay. Generally, hay will go through a heating phase within one to two weeks after baling. During this time, you should monitor the hay to make [...]

Challenge your teen’s brain over summer vacation

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences While many adolescents look forward to summer vacation, it is not uncommon for them to quickly grow bored.  Bored teens often turn to television and electronics. But, with a little encouragement, a teen can transform a bored brain into one that is healthy and active, and in turn, [...]

Timely Tips

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Spring-Calving Cow Herd ·Observe the cows and bulls as the breeding season continues. Watch bulls for injury or lameness and change bulls if a high percentage of cows are returning to heat. Record cow breeding dates to determine next year’s calving dates and keep records of cows and [...]

At the farmers market: brambleberries

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences It’s berry season in Kentucky. At the Whitley County Farmers Market, many of our growers have a great selection of berries, including blackberries and raspberries, now available. These two berries, along with boysenberries, are collectively known as brambleberries. They get that name from the thorny, tangled vines from [...]

Take control of weeds in the vegetable garden

Garrard CoffeyAgriculture and Natural Resources Home gardeners look forward to that first ripe tomato or ear of corn they pick from their carefully tended gardens.  But after some vigorous gardening on a hot, humid day, you may wonder if it is all worth it. Weeds compete with crops for water, nutrients and sunlight.  [...]

Pedestrian Safety

Matti DanielsFamily and Consumer Sciences Walking and running may seem like two of the simplest ways to get healthy, but it’s important to remember to stay alert when you exercise on sidewalks and along roadways. Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, it’s vital for you to be cautious and courteous to [...]

Everybody has garbage, and an opinion about it

I think I know the key to getting people involved in city government. GARBAGE! It affects everybody and everybody has an opinion on how it should be handled. Judging from comments on Facebook and calls to this newspaper I believe we have enough information to build a camel. (I’m sure you’ve heard the story of [...]

The story behind east Kentucky’s herd of free-roaming horses

Free-roaming horses in eastern Kentucky interact with visitors who come to see them and often feed them.

For more than 30 years horses have been roaming the hills and mountains of eastern Kentucky. And it’s not just a few either.

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Letter: Some fireworks safety tips for a happy Fourth of July

To the Editor, Phantom Fireworks hopes everyone enjoys a wonderful family Independence Day holiday, and, if you use consumer fireworks, please use them safely. There is no good consumer fireworks experience if it does not emphasize safety first. Phantom advises everyone to follow the safety rules, obey the fireworks laws where you are using them [...]