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My Word

  • MY WORD: Personal economics

    Tell this to your children early, and junior high is not too early.

    In the 18th century Samuel Johnson said, “Whatever you make, spend less.” In the 20th century Howard Pearce said, “You can go in debt for a home or a business, but for anything else if you can’t pay cash you don’t need it.”

    The first thing you must learn is to be able to distinguish between NEED and WANT. Above all if you can’t pay 100% of your credit and debt when due, cut the card up.

  • MY WORD: Fairness is unfair

    Regarding the letter “Looking for equal treatment with fairness” that ran in the October 22 edition of The Sentinel-News, most individuals who populate Shelby County are unaware that a problem exists among our youth where homelessness is an issue – which is what the author professes. That encompasses youths in both lifestyles – heterosexual or alternative lifestyles.

  • MY WORD: Grove Hill memorializes World War II casualties

    When I was growing up, one of my best friends was Meme Greenwell – her dad, Richard “Puss” Greenwell, was a teacher, football coach and later principal for Shelbyville High School. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S.V. Greenwell, lived on Henry Clay Street – where until recent years the storm door still featured the “G” on the front.

    I remember “Puss” talking about his brother “Jake” who was killed in World War II.

  • MY WORD: Look beyond the initial benefits
  • MY WORD: Letting private business continue on course

    I’ve heard local and state officials say – off the record, of course – the only thing Kentucky has going for it is cheap energy.

    The Alpha Natural Resources Co. says they may close 11 coal mines in West Virginia and lay off 1,100 workers. They found out they can ship coal by sea from the country of Columbia up the east coast for about half the cost of shipping it by rail from Kentucky. What’s more, they say it is easier to get out the ground and burns more efficiently. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about.

  • MY WORD: Remembering the heart behind the Shelbyville Fountain
  • MY WORD: A simple act of kindness makes family’s day

    Tonight my family experienced the most beautiful form of humbleness in an act so simple yet so grand I cant stop smiling about it even now, hours later.

    I have come to a point in my life where I can no longer bear to watch the news anymore, so much destruction, so much hate, so many bad things happening, it just makes me sad and gives me a sense of defeat for our world. 

    So my husband and I decided we had to share our experience tonight [Sunday], to remind others, including ourselves, of the good that still remains.

  • MY WORD: Economic achievement makes nations great

    In 1923 Ataturk told the new country he forged from the Ottoman Empire, “No matter how great they are, political and military victories cannot endure unless they are crowned by economic triumphs.”

    Truer words were never spoken.

    If we survive the multitude of messes we’re in — the conflict between Russia and her former satellites, the surging power of the Islamic terrorists, our impossible national debt, and an oppressive and dictorial government — will we turn back to the economic system that built this country?

  • MY WORD: Southside left mark on college administrator

    When Mitchell Howard Payne entered Southside Elementary in 1957 as a second-grader, he was among the first blacks to integrate the Shelbyville school system.

    I usually sat or lined up beside him because students were often in alphabetical order in those days. That was a blessing because we have remained friends all these many years. When the 1957 building was demolished over the summer, we reflected on our experiences.

  • MY WORD: A revisionist’s look at history

    The book “Our Founding Brotherhood” is about six men who were the moving spirit of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. They decided that the issue of slavery should not even be put on the table. They were right. I’m convinced they knew in their hearts slavery was doomed because it was morally wrong and it made no economic sense. Adam Smith pointed this out in 1750, but they would never have gotten it passed with slavery an issue.