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February 15, 2018


FRANKFORT, Ky. — More than 100 people, including many mothers, rallied Wednesday at the Capitol to denounce three bills that would relax Kentucky's gun restrictions, particularly at public schools and universities. 

Volunteers for the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement dedicated to preventing gun violence, said they believe the bills pose a danger to Kentuckians of all ages. 

"We are here to go toe to toe with the gun lobby," said Connie Coartney, who volunteers with the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action, which itself is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, a national organization with more than 4 million supporters. "Why do we show up? Because we know it doesn't have to be like this. We can make a difference."

The bills Moms Demand Action opposes are:

» House Bill 210, which would prohibit Kentucky's publicly funded colleges and universities from restricting someone's ability to possess a gun on campus if that person has a license to carry a concealed deadly weapon;

» House Bill 36, which would let people carry concealed deadly weapons without a license in the same places people who are licensed can carry them;

» and Senate Bill 103, which would allow public school boards (and private schools) to appoint employees as school marshals who would be allowed to store — and, if necessary, use — a gun on campus to protect other people.

"For over 20 years, our elected officials have offered trite condolences," said Hollan Holm, who survived the 1997 shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, not far from Marshall County High School, where two 15-year-olds were killed in another shooting last month.

"We are the moms and dads of this commonwealth," he said, addressing the state's legislators and Gov. Matt Bevin as the crowd applauded. "We need action, and if you continue to ignore our voices then it's time for you to retire — or be retired by us at the ballot box."
University of Louisville law student Ilya Chernyavskiy, who supports HB 210, recently told Courier Journal that licensed gun owners such as himself shouldn't have to choose between their lives and their livelihoods when they leave for class.

"There's no 100 percent measure that'll protect against violence ... but I think that having the option to have some form of self-defense is better than having nothing at all," he said.

And Republican state Sen. Stephen West of Paris, who sponsored SB 103, told Courier Journal his bill — which would require marshals to have concealed carry permits and would limit the number of marshals each school could have — offers educators another tool to improve the safety of their institutions. 

"It gives them another option to enhance their security within the school building and it allows them to not be a soft target," West said.

But Karl Stankovic, a retired law enforcement official, disputed the notion that designated school marshals could deal with a shooting effectively.

During the rally, he pointed out that those incidents don't happen in a controlled environment, such as a gun range. And even police officers, who receive extensive, ongoing firearm training, sometimes make mistakes or have accidents, he said.

Stankovic also criticized HB 36 as a measure that would let people carry loaded guns with zero training.

Anita Franklin, a Kentucky volunteer for Moms Demand Action, spoke Wednesday about losing her son, Antonio Franklin Jr., to gun violence a few years ago when he was shot in the head at a park in Lexington.

She encouraged the people gathered in the Capitol that morning to fight against measures that allow people to bring guns onto school property and to advocate for better regulations.

"There's no way that our kids can learn with guns in schools," she told them. "We can no longer remain quiet about our safety."

Then she got the crowd to join her in reciting the same mantra: "Let's get better, and do it together."

By Morgan Watkins
Louisville Courier Journal


February 12, 2018


Working on a water line near Torrey, Utah (Photo from National Rural Water Association)Working on a water line near Torrey, Utah (Photo from National Rural Water Association)

President Trump announced his long-awaited infrastructure plan today, calling for federal investment of $200 billion, $50 billion of it designated for rural areas. But most of the money would have to come from state and local governments.

"The bulk of the dollars in the Rural Infrastructure Program will be allocated to state governors, giving states the flexibility to prioritize their communities’ needs," the plan says. "The remaining funds will be distributed through rural performance grants to encourage the best use of taxpayer dollars." The plan calls for "reducing regulatory barriers" to infrastructure projects, including faster permitting, with a “one agency, one decision” structure for environmental reviews, which could last no longer than two years.

The plan says it is designed to spur investment of $1.5 billion in infrastructure, the great majority of it from state and local governments and private sources. "Critics say that will lead to higher state and local taxes, and an increased reliance on user fees, such as tolls, water and sewer fees, transit fares and airline ticket taxes," David Schaper reports for NPR. "Half of the funding, $100 billion, will be used as incentives to entice cities, counties and states to raise at least 80 percent of the infrastructure costs themselves. . . .That's a radical departure from the way many projects are funded now. Funding for federal-aid highways, including interstates, is usually allocated in an 80-20 federal-state split."

Schaper reports, "Critics worry that would lead to only projects that could generate revenue, such as toll roads or bridges, getting funded." Revenue-generating projects are usually in urban areas; rural areas tend to rely more on direct government support. The plan also has a subsidy for the Rural Utilities Service, a Department of Agriculture agency that funds broadband, electric, water and wastewater projects, and new mineral-lease revenues to fund projects in national parks and on other public lands infrastructure. It also opens the door to sales of assets by government-owned utilities: the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Southwestern Power Administration, and the Bonneville Power Administration in the Northwest, The Daily Yonder reports.

Schaper adds, "Senior White House officials who briefed reporters over the weekend say the plan is aimed at fixing the current system of funding infrastructure that they say is broken in two ways. The first is that the country has been under-investing in infrastructure, leading a state of growing disrepair. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation a grade of D+ for the condition of transit, highway, bridge, rail, water and other infrastructure, and says the country is in need of an investment of $2 trillion more than is currently budgeted.

The second way the White House says the system is broken is in the lengthy federal permitting process, which officials say can take five to 10 years or longer, driving up costs."

Written by Al Cross Posted at 2/12/2018

February 12, 2018


Melissa Martin Melissa Martin Evilness and goodness walked together at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Kim Jong-un, dictator of North Korea, decided his team could walk in the opening ceremony at PyeongChang. It wasn’t a gesture of goodwill — evil in the flesh manipulates for the sake of evil. And North and South Korea agreed to a joint female ice hockey team for the 2018 Games. Surely, South Korean President Moon Jae-in knows the weasel is in the chicken coop— with a nuclear missile.

The hater of humanity did not send his sister, Kim Yo Jong, to extend an olive branch — evil in the flesh does not care about human rights, human dignity, or human life. She is a pawn along with the other citizens in North Korea. Ask the 31,000 defectors over the last 60 years from North Korea about the deadly regime.

The North Korea athletes have been brainwashed and bamboozled by a sinister megalomaniac since birth and beyond. Evilness does not care about unity, harmony, or peace.

Evil tortured and beat Otto Warmbier, an American citizen from Cincinnati, Ohio, who later died from brain damage. Otto’s father, Fred, attended the 2018 Games as a guest of Vice President Mike Pence. Why? The world needs another reminder of the sinister megalomaniac’s brutality—Kim Jong-un regime killed Fred’s son. I applaud the Warmbier family for their courage and my mother’s heart aches for Cindy.

According to Humans Rights Watch, “A 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) report on human rights in North Korea stated that systematic, widespread, and gross human rights violations committed by the government included murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortion, and other sexual violence, and constituted crimes against humanity.”

Furthermore, “On December 9, 2016…the UN Security Council put North Korea’s egregious human rights violations record on its formal agenda as a threat to international peace and security.”

I agree with the Vice President and the Second Lady for not plastering fake smiles and interacting with Kim Yo Jong and the North Korean delegation at the Games. Why pretend and shake hands with Kim Jong-un puppets? Why break bread with a country that has Intercontinental ballistic missiles aimed at South Korea and the USA?

World powers have a history of using economic sanctions with North Korea, but the development of the nuclear arsenal continues. Kim Jong-un has greedy pockets, but evil does not compromise. Other countries must stay unified with the U.S. to revoke the despot’s dynasty of nuclear threats and human rights violations.

China, North Korea’s supporter and world buffer for Kim Jong-un, is standing on the sidelines. But, communist countries stick together. One alternative is to recognize North Korea as a country with nuclear weapons, but again, do you make a deal with the devil?

Kim Jong-un comes from generations of political bullies who do not back down. And President Trump’s strategy to use verbal force with this bully of oppression is not working. So, please stop tweeting.

Question: what will happen when the 2018 Olympic Games end and the temporarily truce is over? If past behavior predicts future behavior, then Kim Jong-un will resume missile testing.

The Korean War began in 1950, when communist North Korea invaded South Korea and it ended in 1953. Prior, President Dwight Eisenhower had hinted of the use of U.S. nuclear weapons. But now, North Korea has nuclear weapons as well. A nuclear World War III is not an option—hopefully.

The U.S. military toppled the deadly regime of Saddam Hussein and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. During WWII the U.S. detonated atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki—the only use of nuclear weapons in the history of warfare. Nonetheless, Kim Jong-un is not fazed and continues his arsenal buildup, but international experts doubt he has developed nuclear warheads small enough to fit on missiles—at least not yet.

Could Kim Yo Jong be trying to turn South Korea against the United States? A narcissist actually believes he is smarter than others and a megalomaniac believes he should be the sole ruler of the world. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines megalomania as “a delusional mental illness that is marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.” Dictionary says “A megalomaniac is a pathological egotist.”

Kim Jong-un succeeded his father Kim Jong-il, North Korea's dictator from 1994 to 2011. He is the grandson of Kim Il-sung who was the country’s leader from 1948 to 1994. Kim Il-sung’s reign was known for mass executions and prison camps for his opposition. “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” declared Lord Acton.

Evil makes a poisonous dance partner for Good.

Melissa Martin, Ph.D, is an author, columnist, educator, and therapist. She resides southern Ohio Appalachia.