The Courier-Journal rightly questions both gubernatorial candidates’ health care agendas. Surprisingly, they hit on the scare tactics used to freak your shit out about socialized medicine. And they criticize both for being afraid to discuss a cigarette tax. What isn’t discussed is why neither candidate wants to provide health care for all Kentuckians– instead of just children or the elderly. [C-J]
The state is making $623,000 available for grants of about $20,000 each for counties to generate so-called adventure tourism, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced Tuesday. The money can be used to plan facilities.
The tactic was adopted after a study by Pros Consulting of Dallas showed increased spending on such tourism in Eastern Kentucky could generate 132,000 new visitors annually and $54 million to $99 million in economic impact. The ventures could create as many as 1,500 jobs.
We are absolutely shocked (SHOCKED!) that the Commonwealth is recognizing what a gem we have in the Appalachian region.
Having been involved (Jake) in a long-term community development project with the Brushy Fork Institute in the 90s, we can say first-hand that adventure tourism in the Appalachians works. A group from Fayette County West Virginia developed a similar plan in their region that was met with great success.
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Very rarely (okay, we’re being kind) does something this absurd come down the pike. You read the headline correctly. Gallatin Co has repealed a two-year-old law allowing liquor sales on Sunday.
That’s right. Gallatin Co. In tourism-heavy Northern Kentucky. Has gone crazy.
We, like Tricia Houston, are blown away that people’s religious preferences are not just inhibiting progress in Kentucky but are pushing us back in time by a minimum of six decades.
Next week we’ll be discussing the merits of allowing women to show their faces in public.
Welcome to the stone age. Or Kabul. Or anywhere else where community leaders have stopped taking their meds.
More from the Why Kentucky Can’t Have Nice Things Dept
What’s wrong with this picture? The state spent three times its previous marketing budget to promote tourism by taxing folks staying in hotels, which results in a downturn in state revenue for tourism.
Auditor Crit Luallen released the report critical of the tourism department, suggesting creation of a (light bulb going off here) strategic marketing plan and an oversight committee to keep an eye on how all the promotional money is being spent.
How About WHITE State!
Our beloved homeland of Eastern Kentucky is among the whitest areas of the United States, according to the Census Bureau. Magoffin County, the birthplace of Larry Flynt, checks in with 98.9 percent of its population as milky white. That put it in with an Iowa county for whitest in the country, and 13 other Kentucky counties are more than 98 percent white. The Herald-Leader points out that these areas are also among the poorest and least educated.
Finally, it’s not the press perpetuating stereotypes, right? It’s the gubmint.
Poverty and education aside: go visit Appalachian Kentucky! Head east. It’s the gem of our fine state and it’s deserving of your tourism dollars. And Kentucky’s famed festival season starts at the end of the month.