Jeff Jobe Commentary

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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My Christmas Memory: Little Red Tractors

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com Christmas customs in small-town America probably mirror the 6 counties we serve for local news right here in South Central Kentucky. I’m sure each community is as fond of their customs as the next one and I take great pride in knowing our family newspaper has been documenting them for 20…

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Savvy marketing and messaging

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com It isn’t uncommon at all for you to hear the comments that journalism is dying. The thoughts being fueled by newspapers folding or selling left and right. Social media is everywhere, everybody has an opinion and they are now publishing them. It seems there is no silence and everything is so…

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Gerth, Cross and Ellis – Not men in my grandfather’s eyes

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com It seems Joseph Gerth, a liberal political commentator for the Louisville Courier-Journal is taking bullying of government workers to a new level. He used his assigned space in the Courier-Journal to attack a young woman who works for Governor Matt Bevin. Apparently he and a few of his fellow CJ employees…

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Bad week for biased news in Kentucky

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com Last week I got a call that United States Senator Rand Paul had been assaulted while cutting his lawn. I made a phone call and got the name of the individual who had been arrested and started researching the story myself. Initially, I confirmed through the Warren County Regional Jail that…

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Will pension reform happen or politics as usual in KY?

By JEFF JOBE jobe@jobeinc.com January may seem months away for most of us and few of us want to miss one minute of Thanksgiving and Christmas season. But for the politically minded office holders they have their eyes on the prize of determining if they will be contested or not. Ironically, here in Kentucky the…

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