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My Word

  • MY WORD: Simplifying government

    Joseph Ellis in his book “Founding Brothers” nailed it when he said, “It seems safe to say that some sort of representative government based on the principle of popular sovereignty and some form of market economy fueled by the energies of individual citizens have become the commonly accepted ingredients for natural success throughout the world.”

    How more succinctly could he put it? What is so hard to understand? What is wrong with being FREE to choose your own destiny?

  • MY WORD: The price of success

    This is from an article in the Wall St. Journal on July 19 entitled “This Way Up” featuring 18-year-old Dakota Blazier who will forgo a college degree in favor of a blue-collar career. He will join the 70 percent of Americans 25-and-older without college degrees.

  • MY WORD: Ponies, Handkerchiefs and Cheerios

    There’s a running commercial for a credit card company that asks the question, “What’s in your wallet?” The implication of the question is that the credit card you choose to carry says something significant about you.

    Of course, the intention of the ad is to convince us that a discerning individual wants to make sure they are carrying this company’s credit card.  Though I do not completely buy the sales pitch of this commercial, I have come to realize that what we choose to carry through our daily life says something about us.

  • MY WORD: Teaching, and learning, conservatism

    Periodically Hillsdale College in Michigan sends me a new letter containing a speech recently given to the student body, and a request for funds.

    Once or twice a year I reply with a modest gift because I whole-heartedly believe with what they are trying to do – teaching conservatism.

    It is not done surreptitiously; students and parents know this is going on. At my alma mater there was only one economic theory discussed and that was Keynesian as espoused by Samuelsson – never a word about Adam Smith, Burke, or Rose and Milton Freidman. 

  • MY WORD: Why secular invocation is important
  • MY WORD: Cautions against court-led legislation
  • MY WORD: Focusing on a commonsense approach

    Several months, an otherwise pleasant evening was suddenly ruined when I stepped onto wet carpet in the basement of our home. Heavy rains had put our sump pump to the test and it finally failed. The water rose and soon our entire basement was in danger of being soaked.

  • MY WORD: The power – or speed – of the press

    When I moved back to Shelby County several years ago, I was driving east from KY 55 onto Interstate 64 when an idea nearly hit me right in the side of my SUV or maybe right between my eyes.

    Because that notion arrived dangerously quickly with  the 75-mph motion of oncoming traffic into which I was trying to merge or arose frighteningly fast in front of me in the form of the guardrail at the end of the acceleration lane on that ramp. I can’t be sure which, because each seemed about to christen me with opportunity.

  • MY WORD: Purple Heart marks our freedom

    Francis Regis McKinley Jr. is listed among those soldiers who fought for our freedom during the Vietnam War and who earned a Purple Heart… well, two to be exact, except both are for the same artillery attack in which he was wounded.

    He was embarrassed to be singled out for his service since others in the county were in Vietnam and even wounded. Plus he said, “That’s all in the past. You have to live for the now.”

  • MY WORD: An unexpected history lesson

    Family history in Shelby County is a cottage industry. The heritage of so many goes back not only to the days of Squire Boone and his bedrock but seemingly to the founding waters of Clear Creek itself.

    Names such as Meriwether and Ballard begat Shannons and Matthews and Van Stockums. You read this history, and you connect dots. As my friend Brig. Gen. Ronald Van Stockum often has told me, the things we learn about our heritage in the Internet-driven world is amazing.