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By John Dillon

To be sure, this piece is about a speech given on Friday the 13th of August by Murray State University President Randy Dunn and this writing is not intended to criticize President Dunn’s speech, but simply to note how ethereal a presence this communication was. To me, anyway. So it’s a bit narrow in focus toward the MSU community. Readers be warned…

I understand the specifics of tight budget years; yes, we can expect little in the way of pay raises for university employees; also, the tough mandate to increase student enrollment and retention at each of the Commonwealth’s higher education sites.

But the president’s message was essentially an enigma — allegorically hung in the air before us. There could be no specific answers to many of the rhetorical questions posed.

Ever been faced with a DETOUR sign that takes you to a mere patch of grass? Nice grass. But as Curly the Stooge used to say, “What do we do now?”

As to the answers: We must reinvent what we do. It will be exciting. But what must we do? Boxed in by financial and demographic realities, perhaps it is a conundrum — a riddle having only a conjectural answer.

I will argue that President Dunn showed high acumen in delivering these thoughts. Well stitched together, mediated by his statesman approach.  That’s what troubles me. And that’s why we in the university community really need to ponder the next few years.  They will likely arrive helter-skelter in spite of even our best efforts to control them.

In the words of older man Abe Simpson“I used to be with it. But then they changed what IT was. Now what I’m with isn’t IT anymore, and it’s scary and weird. It’ll happen to you.”

Written by JD

August 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm

The Front Page [08.13.10]

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The generation gap and the workplace 
Kentucky~ The term “generation gap” was coined to describe the differences between baby boomers and their parents. Such generational differences remain between baby boomers, but, the differences are with their children and their grandchildren. Kentucky Public Radio’s Stu Johnson has more those differences and their impacts on the workplace.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to Kentucky 
Gallatin County, Ky ~ NASCAR fans are celebrating news coming out of northern Kentucky. Sprint Cup Series racing is coming to the Commonwealth. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh was at Tuesday’s news conference at the Kentucky Speedway in Gallatin County.

The Q&A – Kentucky politics with Bill Bartleman of Paducah Sun 
Paducah, KY~ In “The Q&A” this week, The Paducah Sun’s Bill Bartleman shares his insights into the regional political factors that may influence November’s results.

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Written by Chris Taylor

August 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm

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Pics from Fluorspar Mine Klondike II

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Today on the Front Page, I have a story about the first US fluorspar mine in 20 years opening in Livingston County. I know. I’d never heard of fluorspar either before I started this. It’s actually really pretty in its raw state, as you can see if you click on the pictures below.  Also, I thought it was pretty unique to see what a mine looks like under construction. A lot of piles of dirt and rock . . .

Written by Angela Hatton

August 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

morning cram [nato slackers edition]

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“American soldiers — and even private contractors — are spearheading the effort to build an Afghan army and police force, so American and NATO troops can one day leave. But Pentagon officials and military officers say NATO nations still aren’t doing enough.”

~NPR hears this is beginning to annoy US lawmakers.

KENTUCKY~ Reidland-Farley is finally rid of that confounded fire-rescue boat. WKCTC accepts a gracious half-mil gift from a late Paducah couple. Police arrest three for (allegedly) trafficking meth in Paducah. Constructing a bridge linking Livingston and McCracken counties could begin this month. Christian County blames school bus routing problems for some students getting home hours late and a virus is ravaging a Hopkinsville elementary school. Corn and soybean harvests are predicted to pale compared to last year’s. Judge: lawmakers illegally transferred worker’s comp funds.

TENNESSEE~ It’s now okay again to ship cigarettes to soldiers abroad. Clarksville High’s head football coach resigns after hazing allegations emerge.