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New access to health care will be an economic driver

Good news keeps coming in about Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid and the launch of Kynect, the state’s health insurance marketplace. It’s clear that coverage is expanding rapidly, the newly-insured are using preventive health care services and reimbursements are flowing to health providers.While some are spinning a false doomsday scenario about these trends—claiming it will mean unmanageable costs to the state—the real story is about the progress Kentu...

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A legislative perspective

All too often, we forget to say thanks for a job well done.I want to remedy that by recognizing Floyd County’s schools. The hard work being done by our students and staff and the leadership from Superintendent Henry Webb are making a true difference that will pay dividends for decades to come.

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A couple of stories the New York Times should cover

Last week, I wrote about the recent New York Times story on Eastern Kentucky. The Times described the region as one of the worst places to live in America and featured a graphic of a Kentucky license plate that read “Help Me.” Of course there’s poverty in our region — like there’s poverty in New York City. But for us, we feel our poverty is always being used to define us. It seems it’s the only thing about us that the media ever covers.

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Small businesses want minimum wage increase

If Congress actually listened to small business owners, the minimum wage would be going up. Instead, July 24 will mark five years without an increase since the federal minimum wage was set at $7.25 an hour in 2009.Small business livelihoods depend on revenue, not rhetoric. Small business owners know there’s a problem when median household income is lower than it was in 2009, adjusted for inflation, but the Dow Jones stock index has soared to record highs – nearly doubli...

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Rental Central

Three recent flicks and two older series promised hours of entertainment for those wishing to beat the July heat.“Sabotage” — Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in this gritty thriller from the maker of “Training Day.” The film follows a DEA team who begin to fracture under the pressure of a corruption investigation. Things escalate when members of the group start getting murdered, and it becomes clear that they have a traito...

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A quartet of victims shipwrecks on the worst possible island (since it is utterly infested with the titular creatures) in this horror yarn that snuck into 1950s drive-in cinemas.The film opens with a news report that lets us know our cast is already lost at sea due to Hurricane Emily (apparently, it was too costly to shoot a shipwreck scene, though there is some awesome stock footage of a hurricane pounding Miami). Cut to an island where our band is making do with the situation. Ca...

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Hunt responds to Collins’ withdrawal

I want to commend Joey Collins for the extraordinary character that he possesses, as shown by his willingness to put the county’s welfare above any partisan politics, as that is a rare trait among politicians today.Again, let me say to the people of Floyd County that I am humbled to be your Democratic nominee, and that I appreciate the confidence that you have shown in me. Public service is what I am about and who I am, and I pledge, once elected, that I will treat all of the...

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A new look, thanks to you

The Floyd County Times is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Floyd County Times is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigned website....

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Memo to the New York Times

On June 26, 2014 the New York Times published yet another story about poverty in eastern Kentucky, the place we proudly call home. The story’s headline screamed “What’s the Matter with Eastern Kentucky?” The opening paragraphs set the article’s tone:“There are many tough places in this country: the ghost cities of Detroit, Camden and Gary, the sunbaked misery of inland California and the isolated reservations where Native American communities wer...

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A letter to Floyd County

I am officially resigning from the sheriff’s race for November.I had originally planned to run this thing all the way to the fall, if John Hunt had lost in the primary. I don’t feel I wasted my time. I signed up to run before John did, because I did not see a good enough candidate running at the time that I was willing to trust our sheriff’s office with. Sixteen years of the same mess was long enough, and we seriously needed a change that would make a big differen...

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A legislative perspective

Our country has achieved a tremendous amount over the last century, but to me, nothing means more than the gains we have made in the lives of our children.It is difficult to imagine just how far we have come, but statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are one place to start. In 1907, for example, about 1,400 children out of every 100,000 did not make it to their fifth birthday; today, that figure is less than 30. For those ages five to 14, those numbers ha...

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Do something about it America’s poverty

I’ve never lived in poverty. However, like most Americans I have known a few tough times. I do know that poverty is not pretty. I’ve never been around a hungry family that was dancing in joy because of their dire situation. Poverty is hard.I grew up in Martin County, Kentucky. We were supposed to be the poorest county in the United States in 1964 when President Johnson began his campaign against poverty.

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Paid leave can help fix our imperfect marketplace

As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again:The marketplace is essential but not perfect.It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner.I don’t mean winner in the sense of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Rather, a winner in the sense of middle class—with access to some discretionary income.There are a variety of ways to lose—and they’re not all bad....

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‘Dark Country’

A quickie Vegas wedding morphs into the longest night ever in this effective chiller that boasts a great twist which demands a second viewing.The story begins like a ‘Film Noir” with a camera panning over a cheap Vegas hotel and then into a room where our newlyweds are slowly waking up. They may have married on the fly but Richard is a thoughtful husband who brings his wife, Gina, breakfast in bed. His somber narration over this scene warns us that things are going to g...

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Rental Central

A slow week meant plenty of home video gold for those waiting on special editions of old favorites and collections.“Black Dynamite” — If you enjoyed the film then Cartoon Network’s series will have you stitches. Michael Jai White is back as the baddest 1970s cat around, and now that he is animated, his adventures are even more wild. The accent is on humor, as B.D. kicks it to the man and anyone dumb enough to bring trouble to his L.A. Hood. ...

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