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Occupy Public Pension Feeding Troughs

“Fairness” apparently becomes hip only when it benefits the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd, which promotes a philosophy of wealth distribution while shunning gainful employment, respect for property and proper hygiene.
What if the OWS (Offering Worthless Shenanigans) gang knew about the corporate scam run by teachers’ unions in Kentucky? Included among the more than 1,700 organizations participating in the commonwealth’s ailing public pension system are private – private – organizations, like the Kentucky Education Association, the state’s teachers’ union.

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Don Locke: Looking Through Bifocals

Someone said we can never look down a new road with the same ease and comfort an old familiar one brings.  We can never be fully prepared for that which is wholly new.  There was a Russian novelist, a guy by the name of Dostoeviski (If you can pronounce it let me know too.), who put it this way “Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what people fear most.”

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Patty Craig: A Slice of Time

Although we know we’ll die someday, many of us have not written a Last Will and Testament. Approximately 55 percent of American adults do not have a will in place, according to LexisNexis, a legal resource center. This number has been fairly steady during the 2000s, when other estate planning documents, such as medical directives, have become more common.

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Andy Sullivan: Against the Grain/Back When

Saturday night while watching the NASCAR race, I saw a Chevy truck commercial that sparked the subject of this piece.  This little boy was playing with his toy truck, as little boys do, and he hears the sound of an engine nearing.  His dad was coming home from work in his Chevy. The truck is a grown replica of the boy’s toy.  I believe the tagline is “Chevy Runs Deep”. That certainly fit this scenario.

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Cheryl Hughes: My Career As a Woman

Boys Will Be Men: From personal observation—and I realize that doesn’t mean it’s set in stone—it seems that boys without a positive role model and direction, struggle more than girls who don’t have a positive female role model.  Maybe, it’s because women are such nurturers.  If we see a young person struggling—male or female—we tend to take them under our wing.  That’s all fine and good, but women can’t provide male perspective.  (Before I continue, I apologize to all of the feminists upon whose toes I will inevitably tread.)

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Let’s lead horses to water, not faucets

The life of British Lt. Col. T. E. Lawrence was portrayed in “Lawrence of Arabia,” a famous film of the early 1960s.

This was a rare case where the real-life experiences of the man whose name graced the title of the box-office hit were at least as adventurous as anything portrayed by the great Peter O’Toole, a virtual unknown made into a star by the movie.

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Out on a Limb: BTN 2.0 Launch A Success Despite a Few Glitches

Change is never an easy thing but we at Beech Tree News appreciate the patience of our loyal readers during our transition to BTN 2.0.  The response we've received has been extremely positive about the new site.  Yes, we've heard from some of you who prefer the old site but we ask you to stick with us during this transition time and we believe you'll come to enjoy the new site even more than the old one.  

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Big Brother: Meet the big, bad judge

Underestimated allies of freedom are judges who uphold constitutional government and smack down regulatory agencies when they cross the line. 

In recent months, we’ve had some stellar rulings by fair-and-balanced judges. 

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Patty Craig: A Slice of Time

Most of us have several friends, but some of our friends have stood by us more closely than others. Four of my friends have stood by me for years. These women have different roles in my life, but each one is very important to me: the encourager, the mentor, the reality checker, and the comrade.

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Cheryl Hughes: My Career As a Woman

When Men Cook: Growing up in a rural area, I noticed something about men in the community.  Several of them could cook, but their cooking was very food-specific.  My dad is a good example.  He often cooked Sunday morning breakfast for the family, and when he did, he really laid out a spread.  He would fix home-made biscuits and either bacon, sausage or country ham.  He would fry eggs and make gravy—two kinds, milk-based and red-eye, if we had country ham, because red-eye is an acquired taste that not everybody in the family had acquired.  

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