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My Word

  • MY WORD: Continue the commitment to the state pension programs

    Recently, a Facebook group commemorated the life of my high school homeroom teacher. She welcomed groups of teenagers for years at SCHS.

    I remember going to her when I had clothing that was dysfunctional and needed safety pins or a needle and thread. She often baked cookies for her homeroom and always had a smile. The comments beneath the obituary came from generations of people who had warm thoughts and sincere empathy for her family.

  • MY WORD: One take on how taxes work
  • MY WORD: Celebrate your school board members and their hard work

    Our community is fortunate. We have a public school system filled with incredibly engaged students in grades pre-K through 12 and a team of professional teachers and administrators who strive daily to provide an excellent education to benefit this community for generations to come.

    A vital component of the progress of our district – and thus our community – is the leadership provided by the men and women who make up the Shelby County Board of Education.

  • MY WORD: 5 Counties Friends of NRA attend workshop

    Members of the 5 Counties Friends of NRA recently attended the annual Kentucky Friends of NRA Workshop, and Fund Committee Meeting. Chair Tony Wheatley and Treasurer Larry Mott represented the local Friends of NRA committee.

    At the workshop, the state Friends of NRA recognized many committees for their huge success in 2016. First, they were awarded the Friends of NRA’s “Kentucky Breakout Award” which recognizes those committees that have broken out of their usual efforts by reaching an extraordinary result.

  • MY WORD: Back from the grave

    Back from the grave.

    That’s what I thought when Dr. Michael Kommor of Baptist Health spoke the two words “divine intervention” in our meeting in his office on Dec. 5.

    He said, in effect, “Mr. Matthews, there’s no medical reason why you’re here today. And while I would like to take the credit, your recovery transcends my medical skills and experience.”

    It was Dr. Kommor who had called in Hosparus in mid-November when it appeared that my time on earth was short…very short.

  • MY WORD: Big Picture providing big opportunity

    I opened the E-mail with an almost, “oh, no” feeling.

    After all, it was the Sunday morning after Thanksgiving, and if a parent was emailing a teacher and I was copied, chances are someone was angry.

    I was wrong. Yet at first, I didn’t know it.

    She began with how things had gone so wrong for so many years. Her words dripped with sadness and regret. I felt it.

  • MY WORD: Kentucky, once again, at forefront of hemp production

    As senators from Kentucky, we’ve been fortunate to meet the many farmers who help make our state work. Agriculture is a vital part of Kentucky’s economy, and we’ve learned from Kentucky’s farmers that one way to keep our state’s agricultural sector growing is to explore new, viable cash crops for the state. This is why we’ve put our support behind expanding industrial hemp research.

  • 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: 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.