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My Word

  • MY WORD: “For the Benefit and Blessings of the Council”- Musings on the Prayer Issue

    During the hot summer of 1787 in Philadelphia Penn., the delegates to the Constitutional Convention came to a rut in the road. The group, whose goal fell nothing short of drawing up the legal framework for a whole new nation, had fractured into exhausting squabbles.

    One delegate, Ben Franklin, decided to try to focus everyone’s attention on that goal and gave a speech proposing that if they could not come to an accord on their own, they might need some divine assistance in the form of a prayer led by outside clergy.

  • MY WORD: Why the raising minimum wage won’t work

    Recently someone left a clipped out episode of Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury cartoon in our mailbox.

    I don’t know why.

    I admit to looking at a few cartoons like Blondie, Dennis, Beatle Bailey hoping to find something amusing, and sometimes I do. I even occasionally look at Doonesbury to see if I can understand it. Never do. This episode is primarily a phone conversation between someone from the GOP and what I presume to be a PR firm.

    The GOP guy says: “We need to prove that raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy.”

  • MY WORD: What does wealth mean

    As pointed out before, our family does not meet the standards in terms of income or accumulated wealth to be considered wealthy. If we did we’d probably move our legal residence to Florida, Tennessee or some of the other state who have no state income tax or death taxes (the most obscene tax of all).

  • MY WORD: Loss and found – life and death

    Let’s look at these four issues and how they affect our lives. Let’s begin by describing loss, which may be of two kinds: the loss of materials things such as money or a business from a bad decision. We may also lose by theft and be aggravated because of our carelessness or bad judgment.

    The other type of loss is of a love one or a close friend, or the loss of health or our physical well being.

  • MY WORD: Should there be a law?

    There ought to be a law! Don’t ever say that where a politician can hear it. You’ll get a thousand pages of rhetoric, which will take a thousand lawyers to figure out what it really means – and chances are we already have a dozen laws that say essentially the same thing.

    Moses brought down from the mountain 10 pretty good ones – straightforward and short. Today we would have to eliminate the first one because it has been declared against the law.

  • MY WORD: Science vs. religion: How about an experiment?

    I happen to agree with a statement that Chuck Souder made as a main theme of parts 1 and 2 of his column titled “Evading the Obvious” (a fitting title but not in the way Mr. Souder may think it is). He said, “Ideas have consequences.”

  • MY WORD: Are we creating new arguments against evolution?
  • MY WORD: I haven’t read my Bible objectively

    Once again, I find myself awash with incredulity at the selective bias on display in one of Chuck Souder’s latest exposes (“God is pro-life and pro-choice,” Jan. 29). Mr. Souder states emphatically that, “Of course, God is against abortion. No one could read the bible objectively and conclude otherwise.” He then goes on to reassure readers that, “God is absolutely, 100 percent pro-life!”

  • MY WORD: Our decisions can perplex

    We received the Greater Louisville Yellow Book for 2014 recently. It was noticeably smaller than the 2013 edition. The print seemed the same size. The Yellow Pages were down to 687 pages from 1.137 in 2013…..a 40 percent drop. The white page, were down to 263 pages from 366 in 2013….a 28 percent drop.

    I’m not sure I know what this means. My first thought was that this many businesses ceased to exist. Then I thought, no, there would have to be a few new ones during that period, so the news is even worse.

  • OUR WORD: In defense of Judge Myles

    We read with great interest the opinion piece in last week's paper regarding Family Court Judge John David Myles (“Judging a judge,” My Word, Feb. 12). The portrayal of Judge Myles could not be further from our experience with him and his court.

    Judge Myles was always prepared, professional and fair to all who appeared before him. He is a passionate advocate for children, education and families. Add to that a loyal friend, devoted husband and hard worker.