Jeff Jobe Commentary

Life experiences, my motivation

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com I have been asked to speak to a group of writers, editors, and publishers in my hometown of Greenup, Kentucky on April 29 and I will be staying at the beautiful Greenbo Lake State Park. When I got the call, I was taken back a bit because this is my first…

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Breath slowly, consider the facts

  By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com My safe place is at my laptop writing. I can share my thoughts, walk away from them for a few hours and then come back with a true objective thought on the positions I take. This is not at all possible in the real-time world of politics. Over the past…

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Protecting our children

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com It seems the names of juveniles committing terrible crimes are making their way to front pages of news outlets across our country. If a person living next door to you is accused of murder I am confident you would certainly want to know. The age of the accused would be of…

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Saving lives with sensible gun laws

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com This past week’s discussions of arming teachers may be a “terrible idea” or even “the worst Trump idea yet” but it seems several states already have armed teachers and it is working. Perhaps Republicans can learn from the Democrats on how they manage issues such as this when they had control…

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The Albatross of 2018

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com An albatross is a large ugly sea bird. In Samuel Coleridge’s poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” a sailor shoots a friendly albatross and is forced to wear the carcass around his neck as punishment. Since then the phrase, “wearing an albatross around the neck” is meant as an obvious…

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A better use of existing funds

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com Revenue isn’t always equally distributed and realistically this happens more times than not. Much like a parent, our government deals more with taking care of urgent needs or supporting opportunities to help themselves. This is not at all an uncommon reality for many states. Early in my newspaper career I was…

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A tribute to my friend, The Cuz

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com With February 1, 2018 comes a milestone in my life that I can’t believe is already here: Jobe Publishing, Inc. will be celebrating our 20th year. A company established to own community newspapers by a young man experienced predominately on the readership side of major metro newspapers. I remember the looks…

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Work requirement will benefit generations to come

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com Kentucky is making news and fortunately the stories are not making us look like the freeloaders, or uneducated, backward racists our own biased journalists try to spin. This discussion is driven by reputable news sources such as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post outside Kentucky because our own national…

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2017: Kentucky’s banner year

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com Kentucky saw a big change last year as Republicans took control of the House of Representatives and elected Jeff Hoover as Speaker of the House – the first Republican in almost 100 years. Without a doubt, Speaker Hoover and Senate President Robert Stivers coordinated and handed Governor Matt Bevin the biggest…

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