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Paducah, KY

Is WKCTC a joke? Top 5 in the nation, really?

WKCTC has a few good courses and a few good instructors. About 60% of their faculty are part-time and work full-time jobs elsewhere. WKCTC pay is awful, usually about $1,500 per semester per course. When the hours spent in class, grading, prepping for class, and the bullshit admin bureaucracy one has to wade through, the hourly pay is less than $2/hr. The comments about WKCTC being of dubious quality are on-target. If a person goes through nursing, or one of the tech programs, you'll probably do OK. However, if you plan on transferring to Murray State, Western KY, or UK, you are going to be in for a shock. The college preparatory courses are very diluted. The Education Program at Murray State has a poor relationship with the program at WKCTC. A student in the 2+2 program is going to be in for numerous headaches. WKCTC uses students to get essentially get their loan money. I often wonder why students will pay full price at WKCTC and take an "Accelerated Course" only to received less than 100% education. I have had so many conversations with students enrolled in that program who only received 50-70% of the content they were supposed to receive. But, they only wanted the grade. Some of what WKCTC does is nothing other than a scam, but you'll feel OK because you earned a C. And, yes, the administration wants to make students happy to continue receiving financial aid and government grants, throwing faculty under the bus. In a sense, you get what you pay for. The pay for part-time sucks so you can expect to get less than enthusiastic instructors. On the plus side, if you are a student and don't like your grade all you do is have to ask and some administrator will change it for you. You just have to know who to talk to ;)  (Oct 18, 2012 | post #25)

Murray, KY

Book N bean

Yeah, I would not bet on that. While UBB is closed, the upper management still exists and there are records of every transaction. The computer system used by UBB is the same system used at Murray State, and is a system designed and sold by CA Jones. So, I'm sure at some point, everyone who rented a textbook will be getting a letter stating the book is expected to be returned to some location on some date in December 2012, or your credit card will be charged the full amount for the book.  (Sep 3, 2012 | post #59)

Murray, KY

Book N bean

Don't make the mistake of thinking you'll be able to keep your book. The computer records will be turned over to whoever ends up closing-out all of the open accounts for University Book & Bean. I doubt they will write-off as losses all of the textbook rentals; in fact, there is still management in place which will probably have no trouble tracking you down to return your books. Which is ironic, since CAJ-UBB had holds on their magazine accounts.  (Sep 3, 2012 | post #58)

Murray, KY

City Finance Committee Feet-dragging Alcohol Ordinances

Hmmm, yes, I suppose it could be a conspiracy theory. To have a conspiracy that would mean organization, planning, intrigue, meetings late at night, moving to and fro in the shadows, nudge-nudge and wink-wink and all that. However, intelligent, critical-thinking scrutiny might also arrive at a conclusion simply based on the evidence, the simple indifference of some, the antipathy to the presence of alcohol by others, and the blatant ignorance of yet a third party. Anyone who has rubbed elbows with people in positions of leadership in the city know the reticence some people have with regards to progress. Sit on a Red Cross board. Sit on a Parks board. Sit on a hospital board. Like-minded people have lunch at Dumplins, attend church together, play golf together. If you don't think people talk, and act in concert together, then you haven't been paying attention to Wall St., or the arrest of the Sheriff in Whitley Co. KY, or the Creationist movement trying to replace Science with Religion in public schools. What you call "conspiracy theory" I call "politics. "  (Aug 25, 2012 | post #8)

Murray, KY

Drug Investigation in Calloway County

Ah yes, thanks for a trip in the Wayback Machine. How long ago was that? So, take out my McVeigh, and I still win on points. Of course, arguing with people who will constantly see anyone of color as "the enemy" is a fruitless endeavor, so you win. I'm sure you and your brain cell will live a long and happy life, hating all things dark, scary, and different. Again, sad.  (Aug 25, 2012 | post #23)

Murray, KY

City Finance Committee Feet-dragging Alcohol Ordinances

True, I agree. But, people don't really know what their council says or does or thinks. At the council meetings I've been to, rarely is there more than a dozen people. The alcohol ordinance had about 24, and most of them appeared AFTER the time for comments. I'll never forget the time I was talking to a popular bank manager (and yes he is still around) who said, and I quote, "Murray does not need sidewalks. Walking around is dangerous. People dont need to be outside their cars." That was about 18 years ago. Hmmm, yeah, tell that to Nadia Shaheen. So, no sidewalks and people still get run over.  (Aug 25, 2012 | post #6)

Murray, KY

City Finance Committee Feet-dragging Alcohol Ordinances

Please describe any "conspiracy theory" you have read in this thread.  (Aug 25, 2012 | post #5)

Murray, KY

MSU Financial Aid

What kind of FB postings? Good? Bad? My sense is MSU-FA is being horribly mismanaged. Applications lost. One girl I know was hung-up on four times one afternoon. http://www.thenews .org/2012/08/24/st udents-administrat ors-disagree-on-fi nancial-aid-availa bility-at-semester s-start/ A friend of mine who recently graduated said there wasnt a snowballs chance in hell of him giving MSU any money because the Financial Aid office treated him like dirt. Acquaintances have said the employees are rude, like its an inconvenience you are there asking what your financial aid status is. A friend of mine checked her account one day and everything had green checkmarks. The next day she checked and the Financial Aid section of the web site was empty. Took her 3 business days to get things figured-out. Read the article. The US NEWS ranking is full of shit. "Non-need based scholarships" are the tuition waivers kids of employees get, and also the money MSU gives up to attract kids from certain counties in nearby states.  (Aug 25, 2012 | post #3)

Murray, KY

MSU Financial Aid

How many happy recipients of MSU financial aid are on Topix, I wonder? Anyone have any positive stories to tell? Any good comments about MSU financial aid? The MSU paper ran an interesting story which was so full of BS I could smell the paper before I actually read it.  (Aug 25, 2012 | post #1)

Murray, KY

City Finance Committee Feet-dragging Alcohol Ordinances

Murray often seems more like 1920 than almost 2020. The City Finance Committee acts as if we are only now coming out of Prohibition. For any city in KY to disallow alcohol sales is the pinnacle of irony. Bourbon is iconic to Kentucky, Kentucky bourbon is recognized literally throughout the world as a premier beverage, yet because of a few people, many Kentuckians do not have the privilege of buying a bottle from a nearby store. Stupid. I've been attending the wet/dry meetings, and the town meeting regarding ordinance creation. Having lived in other communities and witnessed city council meetings, I have to say Murray's council is doing a fine job of bungling. I appreciate Mr. Hudspeth moving motions along, yet there are numerous council members who are dead-set against progess. Fortunately, the motion for a 6% sales tax passed, rather than 8%. An 8% tax would have made Murray top among KY cities in alcohol tax. Of particular note is Jason Pittman. Jason specifically mentioned The Olive (Vitello's), stating he would like to "zone The Olive out of existence. That place has no business being next to the University." Furthermore, he stated he would prefer all alcohol serving restaurants to close "at 10pm." He also did not really grasp the nuance of drive-thrus. Wendy's, McDonalds, Hucks, and pharmacies all have drive-thru service, therefore exceptions cannot be made for liquor stores. While Jason might have been elected to the council, his representation on the council is a slap in the face to any business owner in Murray. When the issues of enforcement costs were discussed neither the city planner nor the legal assistance had any answers. None. Their lack of research essentially pushed the adoption of recommendations another week. For the issue of alcohol sales to be as hotly debated and for the to have done zero homework is almost grounds for dismissal. Fortunately, any delay by the city beyond deadlines results in KRS ordinances falling into place, by default, and these are far more liberal than those being discussed. The lethargy of the City Council to act is embarrassing, yet not entirely surprising. They are dragging out the process as long as feasible. The way the situation looks now, the first liquor store will not open until February of 2013, perhaps even later. So dont expect a store open by Thanksgiving or Christmas of 2012.  (Aug 25, 2012 | post #1)

Murray, KY

Drug Investigation in Calloway County

These people bad-mouth other races...do they pay attention? What color is Loughner who shot-up Arizona and almost killed Gifford? What color is James Holmes who shot-up the Boulder movie theatre? What color is Breivik, the guy who killed 70+ people in Norway and said that was a good start and apologized for not killing more? What color was McVeigh? Merely judging by acts alone, whites tend to kill indiscriminately. If Hispanics kill someone, it tends to be another Hispanic. If a black person kills someone, it tends to be another black person. Most people of color don't want to commit a crime against a white person simply due to the weight of the legal system against them. They're like, "shit, I gone and hurt a white person. Dammit. My life is over." But, if they hurt someone of the same race, they know they'll be out on parole in about 30 days. "Shit, I'll smoke his ass, do my 24-months, and then I'll be out rollin' fatties." If a white person kills someone - it could be anyone, black, white, Chinese, male, female, babies. When was the last time you saw a Hispanic arrested for keeping human body parts in a freezer? Or a black person arrested for cannibalism? 90% of the time its always some crazy white redneck couple who steal kids and lock them away. Have you never watched Criminal Minds?!? And, then the white person will be like, "oh, I killed and ate those people? Seriously? I must have a mental disease or defect."  (Aug 24, 2012 | post #21)

Murray, KY

Drug Investigation in Calloway County

LOL!! And, Wall St white-bred "financial advisors" rob people around the world blind. I'm more worried about the white guy stealing my retirement and investments than any person of color. The jackassery of your logic makes my brain explode. Urban areas simply have more people. There are more car accidents, more shoplifting, more shootings, more stabbings, more streetlights, more Taco Bells, more buildings. You're like the guy I know who figured out population was correlated with terrain; duh, living on mountain slopes is hard.  (Aug 24, 2012 | post #20)

Murray, KY

Does anyone have implants?

My former wife got hers in Evansville. The doctor did a very good job, and did a good job with the follow-up exams. Make sure you get a couple of different opinions. Things can go wrong fast. They can get lopsided, point in different directions, etc. You want to make sure the doctor does not tell you what you want to hear. He or she should look at your body type and size, musculature. The sacs should go under the muscle (if my memory is correct) as if the sacs go above damage and rippling and sagging can occur. Make sure you ask about what procedure is best. You can always have them removed later. Other posters are correct; they have to be maintained about every 10 years. The sacs wear-out, breasts may sag if the breast represent a large departure from normal. The pain will be tolerable, as you will get some painkillers. You will not be able to hold your kids for about one month, maybe two. You will not be able to left anything over 5-lbs. You will not be able to drive for at least one week. You will have to sleep on your back. Every little motion for about 10 days will be painful. In other words, your range of motion and your physical activities are going to be very limited while you heal. Eventually, you will be able to play golf, tennis, jog, hold kids, but not for 6-8 weeks or longer depending on your recuperation. And, you'll have to buy new bras. And those things are expensive. And, if you exercise, you'll have to get exercise bras to give you support. And, your girlfriends will first want to see them, and then expect to lose some, as a few will get jealous and petty. Seriously. Women hate other pretty women, especially if the woman has had a augmentation. You'll have to adapt to a whole new drama. Good luck  (Jul 12, 2012 | post #79)

Murray, KY

wet/dry vote decision

Methinks you have taken a good point into the realm of the absurd. While your point on marijuana might be valid I'm not sure I want all of our traffic control devices sent to the junk yard.  (Jul 5, 2012 | post #52)