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My Word

  • MY WORD: Time to prepare for 1st caucus

    Republicans all across Kentucky will hold presidential caucuses on March 5 to choose their preferred nominee for president. The caucus is the only chance Kentucky Republicans have to vote for the presidential nominee. There will still be a May 17 primary election for other races, such as State Representative and Shelbyville City Council.

  • MY WORD: The problems behind political correctness

    Political correctness has taken several big hits lately, and it’s about time.

    Those who pursue this ideology thrive on intimidation, which frequently causes its victims to surrender because they adopt a “go along to get along” attitude.

    Some of the “buzz words” that infect the political correctness approach include identity, gender-neutral, diverse, inclusive, workplace harassment, dead white males, racism, sexism, privileged, hate speech, prayer in schools, affirmative action, respecting our differences and much more.

  • MY WORD: End of the 'Era of Giants'

    “The last of the Giants has fallen,” was my reaction when I heard that William Lee Shannon had died on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Bill was the last of the men and women who were voted the most outstanding 25 individuals of the 20th century in a Shelby Sentinel poll in 1965.

  • MY WORD: Personalized learning, the key to student growth

    Shelby County Public Schools’ strategic plan centers on personalized learning for students through a digital conversion. This simply means that we seek to accelerate student learning by tailoring the instructional environment – what, when, how and where students learn – to address the individual needs, skills and interests of each student.

    In this model, students take ownership of their own learning and develop deep relationships with other like-minded learners.

  • MY WORD: The decline of the youth vote

    Throughout the country young people are staying at home on Election Day.  It is a problem everywhere and it is a problem that I have tried to rectify here locally to no success.  
    Through both of my campaigns in 2010 and 2014 I have reached out to young voters and have failed miserably to get them to the polls.

  • MY WORD: A good guy is out of the lineup

    On a typical afternoon in 2013, I was sitting in my office as editor of The Sentinel-News when I was paged to the lobby, where I had “a visitor.” I arose and headed up front, expecting to be handed a photo of a large vegetable or prodigal grandchild or hear a scold from a would-be felon’s offspring.

    What I found was a face from my youth and a surge of warmth in my heart.

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Food and Farm Freedom – Open markets to small farms and producers

    In 2011, federal agents launched a sting operation on an Amish farmer. Prof. Baylen J. Linnekin provides details of the raid:

    “Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence. Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in.

  • MY WORD: A shifting change in our culture

    In a simple web search, I’ve found some startling statistics:

    (l) In 1960 about 5 percent of births in the United States were to unmarried mothers; in 2014 that percentage was 42 percent.

    (2) In 1960 no one was receiving food stamps; in 2014 about 45 million families receive food stamps.

    (3) In 1960 about 60 percent of adults in America were attending church regularly; in 2014 that percentage was 21 percent; from 2000 to 2010 for each 1,000 churches that started up in the United States, 4,000 closed.

  • MY WORD: It’s time to deal with drugs

    The front page of Aug. 18 edition of The Louisville Courie-Journal had some disturbing news.

    Overdose deaths went up only slightly from last year, but the surge from the year before was 91 percent.

    Too much to ignore.

    The article went on to say we are going to make a typical Liberal response: Let’s throw $5 million at it and maybe it will go away.

  • MY WORD: The issues with redefining marriage

    The United States Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, redefines marriage to include same-sex unions and gives privileged legal status to such unions. The opinion is legally and logically unsound, and its future impact is dangerous in several ways. A theological discussion is also necessary because homosexual “rights” have now been elevated over religious freedom.

    Legal Analysis.