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June 29, 2018

REP. ROCKY ADKINS BLASTS FUNDING FORMULA THAT SHORTS MOREHEAD STATE, COAL- COUNTY KCTCS SCHOOLS

 

FRANKFORT – In a letter sent today to Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King, House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins blasted the performance-based funding formula that awards nothing from a $31 million pool to Morehead State University, Kentucky State University and several coal-county-based KCTCS schools this coming school year.

House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins is mulling over a run for governor in 2019. House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins is mulling over a run for governor in 2019. “This funding approach is fatally flawed, as I argued when it was enacted in last year’s legislative session and again this year when it was included in the upcoming two-year budget,” Leader Adkins said. “I predicted schools like Morehead State and Kentucky State would get nothing from this pool, and that’s exactly what they will be getting, according to a letter President King sent to State Budget Director John Chilton this week." 

 

" That policy decision is as morally wrong as it is fiscally irresponsible. The very schools that are doing a phenomenal job of meeting some of Kentucky’s most challenging and critical needs are effectively being told their mission is no longer as important. Is that the message we want to tell the students who depend on these schools?”

 

The performance-based funding pool consists of a portion of the base budgets of Kentucky’s eight public postsecondary universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. While a hold-harmless protection in the 2017 law will keep schools from losing base funding solely because of the formula this coming school year, the exemption will be phased out in future years.

In addition to Morehead State University and Kentucky State University receiving nothing from the $31 million pool, others include KCTCS schools in the following coal-producing communities: Ashland, Prestonsburg, Hazard, Henderson, Madisonville and Cumberland.

Leader Adkins said no other state has taken Kentucky’s approach of tying performance incentives to the base budgets of their postsecondary schools; rather, those incentives are applied only to funding increases.

“If we’re going to have our public colleges and universities compete for what I think they rightfully deserve, then at the very least they should just be competing against themselves, because they all have different missions and face challenges beyond their control,” he said. “Let’s not forget that postsecondary education is already facing a statewide 6.25 percent budget cut this coming year. We cannot and should not take even more away from them when they need every penny they have to meet the needs of the students and the regions they serve.”

 

 

June 29, 2018

JULY 4TH  - YOU MUST DECIDE

My wife and I were walking around the streets of Annapolis, Maryland most of Wednesday. We had been visiting my Navy son who lives up the road, speaking to a church group and taking an afternoon to enjoy Annapolis.

I never dreamed we were just one day and a few streets away from what would become the next horrific shooting in America. A newspaper office staff was gunned down by a crazed gunman. Our hearts go out to all the loved ones of those gunned down at the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis, Maryland.

Five Americans will not have the opportunity to celebrate Independence day this week. Because someone was free to walk into a building with a gun and kill people, five working Americans lost their lives.

I realize no one is free to murder but murder occurs in different ways every day in the United States from guns, to cars to knives all sorts of weapons are used to take the lives of others. As we know its difficult to prevent many heinous acts from occurring. Crazy people are often successful at carrying out missions of hate and pure insanity.

Every American must step up to the plate and become a leader in a new pattern of civility in this nation. What we are doing is not working.

Refusing to serve people in restaurants because of politics or race or sexual preference is further dividing this nation. Slamming people every day in the media is not helping us. Every cable news show does not have to be a program that instills rage in the minds of its viewers. I realize most media outlets feel they have a point to get across. We will never live in Mayberry again in this nation.Further, none of us want to return to a time when our heads are buried in the sand and people are hurt or violated in any way. However, the time has come when media from television personalities, news anchors, editors, rock stars, sports figures and all others with a michophone must start leading this nation back to civility, congeniality, grace, helping others, prefering others and treating others the way we would all like to be treated.

America will get worse or we will become better and it's up to each one of us to decide.

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June 26, 2018

Kentucky soldier one of most decorated in U.S. History...

President Donald Trump will posthumously honor a Kentucky soldier with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday for his actions in World War II.

First Lt. Garlin M. Conner, a native of Albany, Kentucky, and a longtime farmer of the commonwealth soil, has been celebrated as one of the most decorated in soldiers in U.S. history. His honors include the Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Star medals, a bronze star and three Purple Hearts for injuries suffered in combat.

First Lt. Garlin M. Conner, a native of Albany, Kentucky, and a longtime farmer of the commonwealth soil, has been celebrated as one of the most decorated in soldiers in U.S. historyFirst Lt. Garlin M. Conner, a native of Albany, Kentucky, and a longtime farmer of the commonwealth soil, has been celebrated as one of the most decorated in soldiers in U.S. historyBut to his widow, Pauline Lyda Wells Conner, the only thing missing was the nation's highest military award for valor.

"He was my hero," Pauline Conner said at a Department of Defense roundtable Monday. "And he still is since he has been gone for the last 20 years ... I didn't think this would happen, I never thought it would happen."

Tuesday marks the end of more than a two-decade campaign to award him the Medal of Honor since Galin Conner's death in November 1998.

Armed with nothing but a telephone

It was a snowy and frigid day in Houston, France, on Jan. 24, 1945. Temperatures had dipped to 10 below zero at night, according to an Army account of Conner’s actions.

Conner was serving as an intelligence officer with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Department of Defense historians said he was in the hospital but snuck back to his unit to assist them.

Not long after rejoining his unit, the American troops found themselves under attack by a wave of nearly 600 German soldiers.

Conner, previously wounded from the other theaters of war he had fought in, volunteered to direct artillery fire against the incoming tanks and troops.

He willingly ran out of the forest, out into the open, armed only with a telephone to call in artillery strikes within 15 feet of his boots to fight off the waves.

"Think about that," Erik Villard, a digital military historian, said at the Pentagon on Monday. "Running forward with nothing more than a telephone in your hand and facing that wave of Germans and calling in that artillery, the heroism is remarkable."

'Reliving his memories'

He went home, back to Kentucky, shortly after the battle. He was given the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest military honor, for his actions.

The Army account of Conner’s heroism was quoted a letter written by Lt. Col. Lloyd Ramsey less than a month after the battle, USA TODAY reported.

“He has the Distinguished Service Cross which could have been, I believe, a Congressional Medal of Honor, but he was heading home and we wanted to get him what he deserved before he left,” Ramsey wrote.

Conner, a native of Kentucky, was discharged from the Army on June 22, 1945, shortly after Victory in Europe Day on May 8, according to an Army press release.

While Pauline Conner told reporters at the Pentagon on Monday that her husband kept many of the horrors of war to himself, she recognized that he carried the weight of that snowy day in France for the rest of his life.

"He'd wake up in the middle of the night with nightmares, he'd go outside on the porch and smoke cigarettes," Pauline Conner remembered. "He was reliving his memories of what had passed."

Conner died in Albany, Kentucky on Nov. 5, 1998 at age 79, according to the Courier Journal archives.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a moment on Monday afternoon to talk about Galin Conner's service and sacrifice.

"I'm proud to congratulate Pauline and her family today," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "And I want to thank her for giving our nation the opportunity to salute First Lieutenant Garlin Conner."

By Thomas Novelly
Louisville Courier Journal

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