Kentucky made it onto good, bad and ugly lists in 2012

12/26/2012 10:08 AM

There’s a list for just about everything. And Kentucky has been making many of them all year.

But it’s not always for the best reasons. Kentuckians have high rates of heart disease, diabetes and other problems. And financially, the state government is on shaky ground.

Still, Kentucky has been recognized by national groups and publications for its good qualities.

So here’s an unvarnished round-up of the good, the bad and the ugly of Kentucky’s appearances in various rankings this year:

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  • Environment wrote on December 26, 2012 10:57 AM :

    I would not quote NRDC as an objective observer of the environment.

    NRDC, as an environmental NGO, has a clear and stated bias against coal related activities.

    As only a couple of examples, Kentucky is compliance with all national air standards (NAAQS) with the exception of area in Jefferson County, serves more of its citizens with treated potable drinking water than any state in the Southeast and all surrounding states except for Illinois, recycles more aluminum than any state, and numerous other measures of the environment could be listed.

  • Beverly T. Bishop wrote on December 27, 2012 01:00 PM :

    Ryan, watch you on Comment on Kentucky, question I am a retired State Employee since 2003, how does wilkerson and patton get away with taking $$$ from our pension and not putting back which is against the law, correct? Also all other Rep/Senators never funded it, only Gov. Fletcher tried to put $50 million and was voted down…thanks for reading and a Blessed 2013 New Year…(Is it not amazing the Legistors Pension is funded…..Shame on all of them…) btb

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