Good news, bad news

Jobless rate is still low here, but miners to be furloughed

The good news is Letcher County continues to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Kentucky. The bad news is that one of the county’s leading coal producers will idle its operations here for at least one week this month. State officials reported this week that Letcher County is one of only 10 counties in Kentucky where the annual […]


MAN IN BROWN — When John Calipari decided Tuesday night to accept the head basketball coaching job at the University of Kentucky left vacant by the firing last week of Billy Gillispie, he became the 22nd leader of a storied program that dates back to 1903. UK’s seventh and most famous coach was the late Adolph Rupp, who amassed 876 […]

Council to decide building’s fate

The Whitesburg City Council will decide later this month whether to allow the Letcher County Conservation District to demolish the old KYVA Motor Company building. The conservation district bought the 83-year-old building in September 2006 for $85,000. Its board of directors later decided it would be more feasible to knock down the downtown structure and build a smaller, simpler one. […]

Power bills to go up for some

Residents in one area of Letcher County can expect their average monthly power bills to increase by nearly $6 a month. The state Public Service Commission has agreed to allow the East Kentucky Power Cooperative to raise its wholesale rates to increase annual revenue by $59.5 million. The increase will affect customers of Cumberland Valley Electric who live in the […]

Archie Green’s vision

If you’ve ever read The Grapes of Wrath, or seen the movie, you remember the moment when Tom Joad (Henry Fonda), anticipating being killed (“if all our folks got together and yelled”), wonders whether “a fellow ain’t got a soul of his own, just a little piece of a big soul, the one big soul that belongs to everybody, then…” […]

Political Cartoon

A hybrid in the making

WASHINGTON Just a few weeks ago, the vogue was to declare that “we are all socialists now,” and to speak of how capitalist theory and practice were being toppled by an economic catastrophe that proved how profoundly flawed the old system was. There is something to this, especially if what is seen to be falling is not the market system […]

Socialism for any occasion

Many conservatives think they’ve found a winner in tarring President Obama and his allies as “socialists.” Earnest attempts to explain why “it isn’t so” are futile, as is asking people what the heck they mean when they say raising taxes is “socialism.” In a heroic effort to force a definition into the exchange, Princeton economist Alan Blinder reasons: “Socialism means […]

Media themes in the age of Obama

Symphonic compositions have their overarching themes, and so does media coverage of a presidential era. The repetitions may start slowly and subtly, but they build momentum on the basis of themselves and arc out from there into a full-blown thematic opus. A couple of months into the Obama presidency, the media themes are flowing into more unified torrents. Maybe you’re […]

Car Talk

Cars not a good hedge against inflation

Dear Tom and Ray: Would you discuss the ins and outs of “stocking up” on cars as a hedge against future inflation? For instance, I just bought a 2009 Honda Fit that I love and that is basically considered the best car in its class — with high-quality workmanship, excellent safety features, high miles per gallon and so on. So […]

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