Eddyville, KY

Opinion

College credit bill blocked by Senate

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - Updated: 2:13 PM
By Jody Norwood

Republicans in the state senate showed their true colors last week, and they weren’t red, white or blue.

Several lawmakers are touting passage of the state’s budget, congratulating each other on a successful session. As with any time you get a group of politicians together, there were plenty of positives and negatives. And that leads us to political maneuvering and Damon Thayer. The Kentucky Senate Majority Leader  made sure to include a poison pill to prohibit a bill that would have benefited Kentucky service men and women trying to get an education.

Thayer — incumbent enough to qualify for career politician status — may not have been thinking straight as he’s been busy making headlines earlier this year for suing his ex-fiancée for rent. According to reports in the Georgetown News-Graphic and Courier-Journal, Thayer purchased a house for his live in girlfriend as “an early wedding present.” The present got unwrapped even earlier when police were called Dec. 6 following a dispute between the two over Christmas decorations. According to reports, Thayer “began yelling at her through a bedroom door about” her festivity festooning. According to the complaint, Thayer removed the decorated Christmas tree on the porch, breaking several ornaments.”

That led to Thayer kicking her out and. according to reports, filing a restraining order against the woman that would prevent her and her daughter from collecting their personal belongings.

According to his web site, Thayer stands “up for conservative values.”

It’s difficult to determine what those are considering the troublesome domestic squabbling.

It could be his pro-life advocacy, which is both conservative and noble.

Unfortunately, it’s also horribly misplaced in this instance, as Thayer used a political maneuver attempting to defund Planned Parenthood that instead derailed getting academic credits to service men and women.

Thayer tacked on a Senate amendment to House Bill 127. Sponsored by Rep. Sannie Overly, HB 127 would “require the Council on Postsecondary Education to develop and implement a statewide policy for public postsecondary education institutions to provide academic credit for military service and training for active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, and National Guard as well as veterans of the Armed Forces.”

Basically, it would have made getting college hours easier to obtain for thousands of Kentucky’s men and women who serve their country.

The fault can’t fall all on Thayer. Amendments like this are all too common.

Politicians make points instead of improving the quality of life for their constituents. It helps assure the state slowly crawls forward instead of sprints, but gives politicians something to thump their collective chests about.

“Hey, look at us! We did nothing, and we made sure the other side was equally as impotent!”

Well, congratulations.


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